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Thinai Sakkarai Pongal ~ Day 9

Thinai Sakkarai Pongal or Foxtail Millet Sweet Pongal is a sweet preparation made with millet and moong dal, jaggery. This is a good alternative to regular sweet pongal made with rice.
Course Sweets
Cuisine South Indian
Keyword Navratri Prasadam
By Cook Method Pressure Cooker
Occasion Navaratri
By Diet Vegetarian
Dish Type Festival Sweets, Millets
Author Srivalli


For Pongal

  • 1/2 cup Foxtail Millet / Thinai arisi
  • 2 tbsp Split Yellow Moong Dal
  • 2 tbsp Chana Dal
  • 1 cup Jaggery
  • 1.5 cups Water
  • 1 no Cardamom

For tempering

  • 5 to 6 Cashewnuts whole
  • 2 tbsp Ghee


  • Wash and soak the thinai, moong dal and chana in a pressure cooker. Let it rest for 15 mins.
  • Then pressure cook for 3 whistles and let the pressure fall down.
  • In another pan, add powdered jaggery with just enough water, bring to boil. Once the jaggery melts, strain to remove impurities and cook for 5 mins high, so that the syrup becomes thick.
  • Once the pressure falls down, add the jaggery syrup to the cooked millet and mix well.
  • Add cardamom and pressure cook for another whistle.
  • Heat ghee in a pan, fry cashew till golden. Add this to the cooked thinai
  • Offer as Neivedyam and partake.
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