Sweet Pongal / Sakkarai Pongal / Thai Pongal

Pongal, literally a Thanksgiving Day for South India, is the most important festival for farmers and for us common people to thank the farmers for giving us food. It is celebrated to thank the ultimate God Sun and the cows involved in farming and giving us food to live.

It is celebrated on the first day of Tamil month Thai, followed by the next day as Maatu Pongal, a day for the animals involved in farming. Since it’s a day for thanking God for giving us food, we celebrate it with a sugar-filled recipe in the name of Sakkarai Pongal.

Pongal is made with raw rice, moong dal, and jaggery, along with other spices for giving the aromatic smell of pongal prasadham. Let all of us prepare sakkari pongal on this special day and celebrate the pongal joyfully with sweet as a start for the coming year ahead.

Traditionally, pongal is prepared with earthernware, but for convenience, we are using pressure cooker or pan to prepare the easy recipe. Let me share this divine pongal prasadham on the day of Thai Pongal.

Let’s start preparing the Pongal prasadham.

Sakkarai Pongal / Sweet Pongal Recipe

Traditional sweet dessert prepared during the Tamil month Thai for Thai Pongal Day.

Course Dessert, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 cup Raw Rice
  • 1 cup Moong Dal
  • 2 cups Jaggery powdered
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • Cashew and Raisins
  • 2 no Cardamom crushed
  • 6 cups water


  1. Dry roast one cup moong dal on the pressure pan.

  2. Add one cup raw rice to it and wash them together.

    Add 6 cups water to it and cook it in pressure cooker. Wait for the pressure to release.

  3. Powder 2 cups of jaggery and add half cup of water to it and melt it in a bowl.

    Filter the jaggery using a seive and add it to the rice-moong dal cooked mixture.

    Add crushed cardamom powder to it and mix them all together in low flame.

    Cook them for a minute or so until you get the consistency that you need (either very loose pongal or wait for it to thicken) 

  4. Fry cashew and raisins with ghee in a pan and add it to the cooked pongal.

    Mix them well with the spatula.

    Delicious Sakkarai Pongal / Sweet Pongal is ready to serve to God Sun and Cows.

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