Pongal to me always meant this sweet Milk pongal we got from the temple in the month of December-January.In fact,we used to call this the Pongal month since daily we got this one and a Jaggery version of the pongal as prasadam.I remember the moment the bells started ringing for Arathi/Pooja,we used to rush to the temple to get this,those were the good ol' days!!
I have never tried making this at home since every year,somehow amma made sure I got my share through a friend/family visiting.But this year no such luck and whenever I heard amma talk about this,I wanted to have my share too.It was then that she told me that it is a very easy recipe and I can try making it on my own and post it on my blog too.There..she knows how to deal with me,ha!
Raw rice - 3/4 cup
Split moong dal - 1/4 cup
Milk - 1/2 cup
Water - 1 1/2 cups +2 tbsps
Sugar - 1 cup
Banana[Nendrapazham] - 1/2 cup,chopped
Ghee -2-3 tsp
Elachi/Cardamom - 1,crushed
Saffron - few strands [optional]
In a thick bottomed sauce pan,add the washed rice and moong dal and cook together along with the milk and water for 5-7 minutes.
The rice and dal should be just cooked enough,not overcooked or mushy.
Now add the sugar and the chopped banana.
The mixture would turn liquidy,so keep stirring till it starts drying up.
Keep adding little ghee as you stir it and when it dries up completely[should not stick to your hands when touched],remove and pour into a greased steel plate.
Add the crushed cardamom and saffron[if using] on top and let it cool
Slice and serve.
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