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Pongal Dessert Recipe

Updated on June 26, 2011

Here is a simple and easy Pongal dessert recipe to enjoy during this South Indian festival. Fresh sugarcane is available everywhere in South India during this season. Moong dal payasam is my favorite pongal dessert. It is made with moong dal, milk and jaggery and seasoned with cardamom powder and roasted cashewnuts.

Moong dal payasam
Moong dal payasam

How to make pongal dessert:


  • Moong dal - 1 cup
  • Jaggery - 1cup (powdered)
  • Boiled milk - 1 cup
  • Cashewnuts - 15
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Water - 2 cups
  • Ghee - 1 teaspoon

Moong dal payasam

Roast the moong dal on low heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Cook moong dal with in a pressure cooker for upto 6 whistles. Dissolve jaggery with 1/2 cup of water and milk and keep the stove on low heat for 5 minutes. Now add cooked moong dal, cardamom powder and stir for another 5 to 7 minutes. Heat ghee in a pan and add cashewnuts. Transfer into a moong dal payasam. Your pongal dessert is ready.

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      VRS KING 6 years ago