February 6, 2009

sweet Pongal – just for you

Posted in Sweets at 8:43 am by messycooks

My 11 month old loves sweet pongal (anything sweet for that matter).I have never faced any feeding issues till now (touchwood 🙂 ) as he has always been a very good eater.This is one of his many favorites.When i make it for my son ,i make it only  with rice, moong dhal, jaggery and pure homemade ghee.The following recipe is how its done on occasions.


  • Rice – 1 cup
  • Moong dhal – 1/4 cup
  • Jaggery Grated – 3/4 cup
  • Ghee
  • Powdered Nutmeg – a pinch
  • Edible camphor – a pinch
  • Cardamom – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Cashew
  • Raisins
  • Salt to taste
  • Milk – optional


  1. Toast the moong dhal with ghee until you get nice aroma.
  2. Add about 3 1/2 cups of water and pressure cook the rice and dhal with a pinch of salt.
  3. When the rice is still warm mash it until its mushy using a masher or back of the ladle.
  4. Add the jaggery to a pan with little water and bring it to a boil.
  5. When the jaggery mixture bubbles up ,add the nutmeg,cardamom and edible camphor.
  6. Now add the jaggery mixture to the rice-dhal mixture and cook it on low flame until everything blends together.
  7. Heat ghee in pan and fry the cashews and raisins till they turn golden brown.
  8. Add it to the pongal and mix well.
  9. Add about 3-4 tablespoons of ghee at the end.
  10. You can add milk at the end to add richness to the dish.

When i make it for my son, I follow till step 4 and just mix rice-dhal ,jaggery syrup .I reserve some for him before adding other ingredients.He loves it!:)

This is to you kutti..he is pretending to drink from the bowl……….  🙂

This goes to Just for you Event.
Just for you is an event hosted by alka of sindhirasoi.

Note : Edible camphor and nutmeg can be very overpowering.Use it sparingly.
Disclaimer : This food may not be suitable for all babies.



  1. Alka said,

    Hey Hi,
    Nice to receive this entry in my mailbox
    Oh i so fondly remember the days when my son too used to do such things(drinking frm bowl ,messing his clothes etc)
    This is really a SWEET entry,thnks for participating

  2. Asha said,

    Aw..!! So cute. He is liking it! 😀

  3. kalpana said,

    Thanks alka .It is so much fun watching him grow! 🙂 .I am very excited about the event. 🙂

    Thank you so much  asha. yeh he lovesss pongal ! 🙂

  4. chitra said,

    good ur son likes it:)My baby is just opposite.She doesnt eat anything easily.have to struggle for everything:) iam Trying to give what she likes:)First time in ur blog i think.Lovely space.Do visit my blog at ur free time:)

  5. kalpana said,

    Hi chitra..I know how stressful it can be when the kid doesnt eat.my sister sneaks veggies in cheese and feeds my niece who is a poor eater.My son is a good eater but poor sleeper.puttin him to sleep is a challenge:).thx for visitin my blog.

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