Thursday, 12 January 2017

Red Rice Sweet Pongal / Sigappu Arisi Sakkarai Pongal / Puttu Arisi Sakkarai Pongal

Here is a tasty sweet pongal recipe by using Red Rice which is loaded with more nutritional benefits compared to normal white rice.  This gives a nutty texture and earthy flavour to the dish.

Try this red rice to give healthy twist to the Sweet pongal and enjoy the festival with your family and friends!

25 min
50 mins
Recipe for Red rice Sweet Pongal
Recipe type: Main course
Cuisine: Tamilnadu
Serves: 6 to 8 (approximately)
Red rice – 1 cup 
Moong dhal – ¼ cup
Jaggery – 1 to 1 ¼ cup
Cardamom powder- 1 tsp
Water – 4 cups
Salt - a pinch
Ghee- 3 to 4 tbsp
Cashew nuts / badam - 10 (broken into pieces)
Raisins - 1 to 2 tsp


In a small pan, mix jaggery and water (just to immerse). Boil till the jaggery melts and filter to remove impurities if any.  Keep aside.

Soak the red rice for 6 to 8 hours or overnight.  Wash and keep aside.

Heat ghee in a pressure cooker and fry moong dhal till you get the aroma; add water and rice along with that.
Pressure cook both the ingredients by adding 4 cups of water for 4 to 5 whistles or till it becomes soft.

After you open the lid mash the rice with the back of the ladle.

Roast the cashews and raisins with ghee in a separate pan and keep aside (Reserve some for garnishing).

Again place the pressure cooker on flame; add the melted jaggery to the cooked rice and dhal mixture. Mix well and add the remaining ghee in between.

Add cardamom powder, raisins and cashews to the above mixture.

Mix well and allow to cook till it comes to semi thick consistency and switch off the gas.

Serve hot.


  1. Great poornima...which rice have u rice /black rice(kavuni arisi) or maappillai samba??

    1. Thank you Sivagami. I have used red rice / puttu arisi.


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