Yummy Chakkarai Pongal Recipe for Beginners

  • 10 Jan 2020

Cooking Chakkarai pongal is compulsary for Hindus around the world who celebrates Pongal festival. Here's the recipe for a yummy Chakkarai Pongal.


1 cup of raw rice
1/4 cup of moong dhal
3 cups of milk 
1 cup of water
4 crushed cardamom pods 
4 tablespoon of ghee 
10 to 12 cashews
10 - 12 Raisins
1/2 cup grated jaggery


1. In a pan, roast the Moong dhal for about 2 to 3 minutes.

2. Add the roasted moong dhal, rice, milk and water to a pressure cooker and let it cook for approximately 5 whistles on a medium flame. Please do not leave it on high flame.
3. Mix the grated jiggery with ¼ cup of water and set it aside. 

4. Once the pressure is released, mash the rice-dhal mixture while it is still hot.

5. Using a large, thick bottom pan, add 2 tablespoon of ghee and roast the cashews and the raisins.

6. Add the jaggery-water mixture into the pan and wait till it boils.

7. Sprinkle some cardamom powder and add the mashed rice-dhal. 

8. Mix well and add the remaining ghee.

Picture Credit: Cook with Sneha and Shamis Passion