Celebrating Christmas Eve with Sweet Pongal

Here’s wishing you all a very Happy and Cheerful Christmas & Happy Holidays! Celebrating the Lord’s birthday with this sweet dish as an offering to HIM!

Sweet Pongal is a sweet, pudding-like dish that is traditionally prepared in South India for the harvest festival of Makar Sankranti festival celebrated on January 14th. In the rural villages people gather in front of their homes and cook the ‘sweet pongal’ in earthen clay pots.

This sweet is also prepared as ‘naivedyam’ or ‘prasadam’ as an offering to God during various festivals of India.

Celebrating Christmas Eve with Sweet Pongal

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 6

 Main Ingredients:

  •  rice
  •   moong dal
  •   jaggery


  •   1 cup raw rice
  •   1/4 cup moong dhal (green gram lentil)
  •   1 1/4 cup grated or powdered jaggery or sugar
  •   5-6 cardamoms (powdered)
  •   10-12 cashewnuts
  •   8-10 raisins
  •   2 tbsp ghee

Method for making Celebrating Christmas Eve with Sweet Pongal

Dry roast whole green gram dal till light brown in colour. Remove from fire.
Wash rice. Pressure cook the rice and dal till it becomes very soft and mushy. Alternately you can cook the rice and green gram dal with 3 1/4 cups of water over stove top and set aside.
Cook jaggery in half cup of water till it dissolves completely.
Add the cooked rice and dal to the jaggery and cook on low flame for few minutes. Turn off heat.
Heat ghee and add the cashew nuts and raisins and fry till brown and add these along with the ghee to the sweet pongal. Now add the cardamom powder and mix well.
It can be served hot or cold.


Sweet Pongal is a sweet, pudding-like dish that is traditionally prepared in South India for the harvest festival of Makar Sankranti festival celebrated on January 14th.
  • Paz

    Beautiful Christmas tree! Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year! This dish looks very interesting. What is jaggery? I’ll have to look that up.


  • sailu

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too,Paz.
    Jaggery is a “natural” sweetener made by the concentration of
    sugarcane juice WITHOUT the use of any chemicals / synthetic additives
    or preservatives.It contains an enormous wealth of minerals / protein
    / vitamins.Its a whole sugar , traditional, unrefined and is one of
    the most wholesome and healthy sugars in the world. Its available in most indian grocery stores and its also called ‘gur’or panela.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/8611628 Kalyn

    See, I was not the only one who did not know what jaggery was!! Indira was kind enough to explain that one to me. I am so enjoying learning more about new foods from you. I hope you will have a great new year in 2006.

  • arun tatikonda

    hi sailu, happy holidays, good blog on our andhra and indian recipes.good work..

  • sailu

    Kalyn,wishing you and your family a wonderful X’mas and a Very Happy New Year!

    Arun,thanks for your kind words and wish you and your family a wonderful New Year!


  • Anonymous

    good blog on food

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15219099 Tina Jennifer D’Silva

    Hey Sailu, Compliments of the Season & wishing you a very happy new years too… Your blog is really great & I’ve tried out a few recipes which turned out awesome. Infact, I have also told my friends abt your blog & they check it daily. Hope to see you with more & more of your yummy recipes in 2006…

  • http://www.thecookingadventuresofchefpaz.blogspot.com/ paz

    Thanks for the explanation, Sailu. It’s always good to learn something new.


  • prasad

    Hello Sailu, Happy holidays..& Happy Christmas..

  • sailu

    Thanks Tina and wishing you and your family a wonderful new year!

    Your most welcome,Paz.

    Wishing you and family a wonderful New Year,Prasad.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13967157 Melissa CookingDiva

    Sailu! Happy New Year ๐Ÿ™‚
    This is a delicious dessert. I like it very much, will have to try your recipe now! Hugs,

  • CJ’s Food & Discovery


    Belated Merry Christmas..I’m sure you had a wonderful time with your family! I link you if its okay!

  • sailu

    Melissa,do try it and wish you a wonderful NEW YEAR!

    Cj,thanks for dropping by and a belated Merry X’mas to you too.Here’s wishing you a wonderful NEW YEAR!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/5482074 rums

    hey sailu! come back soon, i’m missing looking and reading about all the nice stuff you cook ๐Ÿ™‚

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/1756588 Jag

    Happy New Year to you Sailu!

  • http://mtastes.blogspot.com/ Lera

    Sailu, thanks for the greetings,hope you too are enjoying the holiday season…

    Wishing you the Best for 2006 that life can give you “May each day of the coming year be vibrant bringing along many reasons for celebrations”

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/9299083 chanit

    Happy New Year !