Tuesday, January 13, 2015

5 Arisi Sakkarai Pongal Recipe | Pongal Recipes 2015

5 Arisi Sakkarai Pongal Recipe
Sakkarai Pongal is a must for pongal festival. We always make Sakkarai pongal with jaggery and Paal pongal but amma always says pongal made with sugar / sugar candy tastes equally good.So this year when I was thinking of what to post for pongal 2015, I saw this 5 arisi pongal in my chettinad cookbook my athai gave me,but the one given was ven pongal version, I loved the idea of making pongal with a combination of 5 rice varieties so adapted the recipe and came up with this sweet pongal.It is sure a different take to our usual jaggery sakkarai pongal, it tasted more like kalkandu pongal.

My brother tasted this and said he totally loved it. He also said that he wanted me to share the recipe with his mother......Ahhh I was flying :) but I know that was too much of a credit as my athai is a great cook, she is the one who gave me this chettinad cookbook.He said he had never liked kalandu pongal and this tastes just awesome, only after he wiped the bowl clean I revealed that this pongal also had kalkandu in it :)

Wishing you all a very Happy Pongal 2015!!

5 Arisi Sakkarai Pongal Recipe

5 Arisi Sakkarai Pongal Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Dessert | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Raw Rice - 2 tbsp
Puzhungal Rice - 2 tbsp
Basmati Rice - 2 tbsp
Poha - 3 tbsp
Sago - 2 tbsp
Split yellow moong Dal - 2 tbsp
Kalkandu(Sugar Candy) - 1/3 cup
Sugar - 2 tbsp
Boiled Milk - 1/2 cup
Water - 2 cups
Ghee - 1 tbsp + 2 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Cloves - 2
Cardamom - a pinch
Raisins - 1 tbsp tsp
Cashewnuts - 1 tbsp broken


  1. Measure and keep all your rice ready.Now mix basmati rice,raw rice and idli rice together and dry roast it for till slightly golden.Cool down and transfer to a mixer.
    How to make 5 Arisi Sakkarai Pongal - Step1
  2. Just pulse it few times to get it broken,Set aside.Dry roast sago for few mins, don't  let it change its color.Cool down and transfer to mixer.
    How to make 5 Arisi Sakkarai Pongal - Step2
  3. Just pulse it few times to get it broken,Set aside.Dry roast poha for few mins until nice aroma comes, cool down and transfer to a mixer.
    How to make 5 Arisi Sakkarai Pongal Recipe - Step3
  4. Just pulse it few times to get it broken,Set aside.Dry roast monng dal till slightly golden,set aside.Nollect all your ingredients in a mixing bowl along with moong dal.
    How to make 5 Arisi Sakkarai Pongal - Step4
  5. Rinse it well.Then transfer it to a pressure cooker.Pressure cook  with enough water for atleast 3-4 whistles in low medium flame.Once pressure releases, mash it well with a laddle.
    How to make 5 Arisi Sakkarai Pongal - Step5
  6. Now switch on and add sugar candy along with sugar.Mix well, it melts easilyso just keep mixing.The mixture will loosen, then add milk and let it boil for 5-10mins in low flame.If it gets too thick add little water.Add a tiny pinch of salt.
    How to make 5 Arisi Sakkarai Pongal - Step6
  7. In a tadka pan add 1 tbsp ghee, fry cashews first when it starts to turn golden add raisins and cloves.Fry till raisins bubbles up well.Now add ghee drained from frying the cashews, along with cloves and cardamom powder.Mix well till it gets a glaze finish, simmer for 2mins till ghee is absorbed.Then add fried cashews and raisins.Mix well and switch off.
    How to make 5 Arisi Sakkarai Pongal - Step7
Serve hot with a generous drizzle of ghee, heaven I say :)
5 Arisi Sakkarai Pongal Recipe

My Notes:

  • Don't change the color of the ingredients while roasting, we need the white color to be retained in our pongal.
  • I had trouble pulsing sago as it was getting powdered and I was not getting a coarse mixture so I just pulsed it for few times and let it as such to cook, It was all fine when it got cooked.
  • As each rice takes different time and ratio to get cooked we need to pulse them fine so that while pressure cooking it cooks easily.
  • The orginal recipe called for semiya, I replaced it with basmati rice.
  • You can even make ven pongal using the same ingredients.
  • You can even use little more moong dal say 4 tbsp.As the orginal recipe said rice should be more dominant I followed the same measures but its your preference, plus or minus accoridng to your taste.
  • If you don't have sugar candy, just replace it with sugar.Adjust sugar accordingly.
  • Adding salt lifts the sweetness of the pongal.
5 Arisi Sakkarai Pongal Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Thats one interesting pongal sharmi :) Looks so tempting , Wonderful clicks :)

  2. Love the bowl and snaps are awesome as usual..different recipe sure will try as my hubby is great fan of pongal recipes.. pongal vazhthukal :)


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