Sweet Pongal, also known as Chakkara Pongali, is a popular and traditional dessert from South India. It is made during special occasions and festivals, especially during the Pongal festival which marks the harvest season. The dessert is made with rice, green gram, jaggery, and ghee, and is garnished with cashews and raisins. The sweetness from the jaggery, combined with the creaminess of the rice and dal mixture, makes Sweet Pongal a hearty and comforting dessert.
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In a pressure cooker, combine the rice and moong dal with water and cook for 3 whistles.
In a separate pan, heat the ghee and roast the cashews and raisins until golden brown. Remove from the pan and set aside.
In the same pan, add the grated jaggery and a little water. Melt the jaggery over a low flame.
Once the jaggery is completely dissolved, add the cooked rice and dal mixture. Mix well so that everything is combined.
Add the cardamom powder and mix again.
Garnish the Sweet Pongal with the roasted cashews and raisins before serving.