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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.
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