Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sweet Pongal(Brown Rice & Mung Bean Pudding)

brownricesweetpongal
Happy Pongal/Shankranti to all of you. Pongal/Shankranti is a harvest festival celebrated throughout
India and in each state it is called in different names and is basically a festival to celebrate the elements
of nature which help in farming. This is one of the traditional sweet made with Rice & Mung Bean and
Jaggery(Panela). I wanted to make it little healthy so substituted brown rice with white rice and
increased the quantity of mung bean, it did taste awesome. Brown rice is a very good source of complex
carbohydrates, mung bean is a good source of protein and jaggery is unrefined sugar and is a very good
source of iron. A perfect nutritious sweet.
Ingredients
Brown Rice – 1 cup
Split Mung Bean – 3/4 cup
Milk – 2 cups
Water – 2 cups
Jaggery – 1 1/2 cups (or increase it according to your taste)
Saffron – pinch
Ghee(clarified butter) – 2 tbsp
Chopped nuts – 1 tbsp
Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp
Method
1) Soak brown rice overnight.
2) Dry roast split mung bean for few minutes till you get a slight aroma and don’t over roast it.
3) Combine the brown rice, mung bean, saffron, water and milk and cook in a pressure cooker
for 3 whistles and simmer for 5 minutes and switch off.
4) Take out the cooked brown rice and mung bean and using a potato masher, mash well so that
the grains of the brown rice are well mashed and become soft.
5) Add the powdered jaggery to this mashed mixture and cook till the jaggery is dissolved
and the mixture thickens.
6) Heat ghee, add the cardamom powder and chopped nuts once they are golden brown
garnish the pongal and serve.
Notes – You can increase the ghee according to your preference, and of course the
more the ghee the better it will taste.

40 comments:

munchcrunchandsuch said...

u sure know the health trick..amazing yaar,.

Padma said...

Happy Pongal to you both. Pongal looks very delicious.

lata raja said...

Excellent pongal. Now did the ven pongal also come out this delectable with brown rice?
Happy pongal/Shankranthi

Sharmilee! :) said...

Happy Pongal, luv chakarai pongal..mine coming 2mrw!

simplyfood said...

Simply delicious.Happy Pongal.

Madhu said...

Neat thing to use brownrice to make pongal.. looks good. Happy pongal to you.

Ambika said...

Wow, that sure is a healthy twist! I'm sure the brown rice gave it a nice nutty taste too :)

kitchen queen said...

lovely pongal with a nice click.

SE said...

looks inviting !!

Cham said...

Happy Sankranthi! That is looks delicious the bowl of sweet brown rice!

Madhuram said...

Happy Pongal to you too. I too made pongal using brown rice. I recently found Bob's Red Mill Brown Rice Farina here. So tried it with that and it has come out very well. I can't wait to try arisi upma etc with that.

Gulmohar said...

Happy Pongal !!!Pongal looks tempting...thanks for your wishes too :-)

Vrinda said...

I never tried sweet pongal...will try soon,looks delish,happy pongal to u and family..

Priya said...

Such a healthy pongal, looks fantastic!!

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Wow! even sweet pongal in healthy way. Great!

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Very healthy by adding brown rice.Must try.

kothiyavunu said...

Wish u & ur family Happy pongal!!yummy & tempting pongal.

Spice said...

HAppy Pongal to u guys too....

Kalai said...

Love the idea of using brown rice. Looks delicious! Wish you a very happy Pongal. :)

Faiza Ali said...

happy pongal to you and your family...that looks yummy and tempting.

Katy ~ said...

This is different to me but looks very good. I would love to try a sample.

PJ said...

wow, this looks awesome! A very healthy take on an old favorite.. I am liking it! Happy pongal/sankranti to you and your near-n-dear ones :)

Nandini said...

Healthy twist and lovely!
Happy Pongal dear(s)!

Mriganayani said...

Happy Pongal to you and your family too! Once again, you've made a carb loaded traditional food much more healthier. Kudos for that!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Yummy looking pongal! Happy Pongal!

my kitchen said...

Pongal wishes to you & your family. Pongal looks perfect dear

Prathibha said...

Hmmm..pongal to eat in a more healthy way..

Saraswathi Iyer said...

Happy Pongal. Pongal looks delicious.

Invite you to participate in the cooking for kids event Healthy Breakfast/Dinner http://simplysara07.blogspot.com/2010/01/cfk-creative-food-for-pickyfussy-eaters.html

Regards,

Tina said...

Yummy pongal....

Priya Narasimhan said...

Happy Sankranti/Pongal to you
too.(two)Pongal has come out very well.

sowmya.s said...

looks delicious and happy pongal..want to try cooking brown rice sometime..

Rachana Kothari said...

Dear Sadhana,
I have an award for you...please collect it.
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Pongal is not only delicious but also healthy! Keep up the good work!

notyet100 said...

looks yum,..

Sush said...

Boy!, brown rice & jaggery.., what a combination. You rock

shanthi said...

Great click & simple pongal

Nostalgia said...

Happy Pongal and thanks for teh wonderful recipe.. it looks scrumptious

AshKuku said...

Truly drooling & tempting.... I would love to relish a spoonful of it... I'm sure it is divine!!!

Ash...
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

Jagruti said...

Hi Sadhna

Happy Pongal...new dish for me too...

Thanks for visiting my site..i'll be here soon...keep visiting.

Cheers

Shri said...

Just perfect dish to whip up on this day!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Thanks all for your comments, really appreciate it. Lataji the ven pongal, i make it atleast once a week and i have already posted it few months back. Check out this url for the recipe http://a2zvegetariancuisine.blogspot.com/2009/04/brown-rice-pongal.html.

 
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