Palapazham sharkarai pongal, Gluten free jackfruit pudding

jackfruit pongal to celebrate pongal festival

Festival goals

Every festival is related to happiness cheer and the celebration of being a social being. In India, the festivals predominantly lean towards, harvest season, the richness of cuisine and reinforcing familial bonds. The harvest season of Pongal and Makara Sankranthi, proclaims the cheer of being blessed with a wonderful crop and the thanksgiving associated with it. Looking at the thankgiving from this perspective (I feel) certainly solves the complexities that arise with the huge population we support as a country and 
Here is an account of Pongal, the harvest festival of the south
This is my current year goal, to look beyond and as a family, just to see the people, not the permutation combinations we are. Too philosophical…,yes at the beginning of the year it is great to start with that ultimate thought to work with.

That palapazham treat

With that in mind we are serving up the jackfruit sharkarai pongal, with a generously shared bit of jackfruit from a friend. Coming to South India, palapazham, chakkapazam ir simply jackfruit is not just an exotic but an all-rounder fruit we all wait for. That sturdy tree is our treehouse to nectar bowl. Most of us have spent childhood summers with a tummy full of that delicious fruit.

Pongal treat

Pongal is that comfort treat where rice and beans combine to form the best ever form of food. Make it sweet or savoury pongal just screams comfort each time. I have shared a couple of savoury Pongal on the blog
But only sweet one…
 So here it is with the king of fruits for this upcoming Pongal season. The addition of the juiciest roasted jackfruit creates a heavenly aroma and cuts down the jaggery you add. That is a win-win.
 Hope you enjoy it and when you make it tag us @mildlyindian. We look forward to hearing from you and all the tweaks you have made. If you do celebrate pongal, do tag us in your celebrations or if you don’t celebrate Pongal, here is what it is all about.
I am adding this post to the Healthy wellthy group collection of #kuchmeetahojaye collection to share to enjoy. The bloggers here have put together some amazing recipes. 
See you soon
Happy Pongal!!
jackfruit pongal to celebrate pongal festival

Palapazham sharkarai pongal

Jackfruit and jaggery rice pudding
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Desserts, Traditional
Cuisine Fusion, gluten free, Indian, Pressure cooker, South indian, Spring, Summer, tamilnadu, Vegetarian


for the base of the recipe

  • 1/2 cup Raw rice short grain
  • 1/3 cup Moong dal
  • 3 cups drinking water

for the jackfruit addition

  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1/2 cup jackfruit ripe nd flesh chopped roughly
  • 10 -15 cashew nuts

for the sweet addition

  • 1/2 cup jaggery
  • 1/2 cup drinking water
  • 1/4 tsp green cardamom powder
  • 2-3 strands saffron strands ( optional )

other additions

  • 1-2 cups low fat/ full cream milk


for the rice base

  • Wash the short grain rice and the moong dal ( skinned green gram) and add to the pressure cooker.
    rice and beans
  • Add the water, about 3 cups and pressure cook till soft for about 5-6 whistles
  • Release pressure and set aside.
    cooked pongal

for the jackfruit

  • Clean the jackfruit and extract the flesh.
  • Chop roughly and have half a cup ready.
  • Heat ghee on a pan and roast the cashew nuts
  • Once golden, add the jackfruit and roast till they are really aromatic.
  • Remove from heat and set aside
    jack fruit and cashewnut

for the sweet addition

  • add the water to jaggery and bring it to a boil to melt the jaggery.
  • Strain this liquid and set aside after adding the cardamom powder and saffron

to complete the recipe

  • In a large heavy-bottom pan add the cooked rice dal mixture, the jaggery and the jackfruit roasted mix and bring to a boil.
    rice pudding
  • Add the jaggery liquid and keep stirring so they are well incorporated. ( be careful as some jaggery can split the milk)
  • Gently simmer this mixture together for 5-10 minutes till pudding consistency and remove off the heat
    jackfruit pongal to celebrate pongal festival
  • Serve warm.
  • Happy Pongal!!


You can swap the milk to coconut milk, but the flavor is entirely different.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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4 years ago

This one is new dish for me. Never tried Jackfruit kheer, though have tried pongal earlier. This looks delicious prefect festive treat!!

4 years ago

Happy Pongal dear. Pongal with addition of jackfruit sounds so yummy. Pongal must taste amazing that with unique jackfruit flavour.

4 years ago

Jackfruit in Pongal sounds so interesting!! Pongal looks so sumptuous. Wan to grab that bowl right now.

Vanitha Bhat
4 years ago

Wow!! Love jackfruit! Adding to the awesome flavors of pongal, I could just drool and hog on this! Less sugar or jaggery needed too! Fab share dear!

3 years ago

One of my favorite South Indian restaurants serves this dessert in their thali. Because of Lockdown we are unable to go there and I was craving their thali. Thanks to you I can at least try this dessert at home. Sounds delicious.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan
3 years ago

That is such a different recipe for sweet pongal! We all love jackfruit and this is just perfect for us. Love the flavors and I will be trying it as soon as I get some fresh jackfruit.

3 years ago

I’m yet to try this delicious delicacy of south India and jackfruit too. Such a warm and divine dessert that no one can stop asking for seconds!

3 years ago

Jackfruit in Pongal sounds so interesting Seema !
Use of rice with lentils is so healthy and nutritious in this. And yes coconut milk addition will surely change the taste of this instead of milk if someone is using

Poonam Bachhav
3 years ago

Pongal with jackfruit sounds interesting ! Such a creamy delightful dessert !

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