Sunday, January 11, 2015

Samai Varagu Sakkarai Pongal Recipe (Millet Sweet Pongal)

millet Sakkarai Pongal Recipe

I wanted to try millet sakkarai pongal after trying the savory version.Last month end I had few leftovers of Varagu(Kodo millet) so decided to make sakkarai pongal.I love all varieties of sweet pongal so I treated myself with this sweet pongal and made savory version for hubby.

Wishing you all a very Happy Pongal 2015!!
millet Sakkarai Pongal Recipe 

Millet Sweet Pongal Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sweet | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Varagu - 1/4 cup
Samai - 1/4 cup
Moong Dal - 2.5 heaped tbsp
Milk - 1/8 cup
Jaggery - 1/2 cup (or) Jaggery Syrup - 1/2 cup
Ghee - 1 tbsp + 1 tsp (for roasting cashews,raisins)
Grated Coconut - 1 tbsp(optional)
Cloves - 2(optional)
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Cashews - 10 broken
Raisins - 15


  1. Soak jaggery in warm water(till immersing level) , crush it well. Then heat it up until it is slightly thick (no string consistency needs to be checked).Strain and keep aside.
    How to make millet sakkarai pongal - Step1
  2. Dry roast the millets along with moong dal till slightly golden.Then rinse it well and cook it with enough water till its soft.How to make millet sakkarai pongal - Step1
  3. It should be mashable,Set aside.Fry cloves in ghee, then fry cashews and raisins till golden.How to make millet sakkarai pongal - Step2
  4. Now add the jaggery syrup and mix well.Let it boil for 2 mins so that jaggery gets nicely blended with the it.How to make millet sakkarai pongal - Step3
  5. Now add milk and cook for 3mins.Finally add ghee,give a quick mix and garnish with ghee fried cashews and raisins.
    How to make millet sakkarai pongal - Step4
Serve hot with ghee drizzled and remaining cashews and raisins.
How to make millet sakkarai pongal

My Notes:

  • You can even use pressure cooker for cooking it.As millets cook faster I chose to cook in the earthernware itself.
  • You make cook the millets and moongdal together then half it to make sweet pongal and the savory version this way its very easy.
  • You can use any millet of your choice.I had varagu and samai little leftover so thought to finish it up.
  • Pongal gets thicker in consistency after cooling down so switch off accordingly. If it gets dry, while serving add little ghee and milk.
  • I used paagu velam to get the dark brown color and also for the taste....You can use normal round jaggery too.
  • You can also use saffron if you like the flavour.
  • Drizzle ghee and garnish with cashews,raisins while serving, tastes yumm!!
millet Sweet Pongal

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. I love that colour on that how you got it naturally w/o artifical colour. l will try pagu vellam for pongal. looks so yummy

  2. I bought this samai rice and am thrilled to discover this recipe. Thanks! How may I find more recipes using this kind of rice?


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