Broken Wheat sarkarai pongal, South-indian dessert recipe made with broken wheat and sweetened with jaggery. A delicious dessert made during the harvest festival of Tamilnadu.
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Pongal is the harvest festival of Tamilnadu. It is celebrated across the country in different names, Lohri, Bihu and Sankaranthi. Pongal festival falls during mid-January, which also marks the solar equinox, the beginning of summer days.
Since Pongal is the harvest festival, it celebrates the fresh crop of the season. This tradition promotes the mantra, eat local. All these new jargons we follow now has been there in our traditions, we are just dusting the rust off and giving it a new name.
The highlight of the festival is the Sweet pongal made with newly harvested rice and lentil. Some have the ritual of making savory pongal too. But few like us don't make savory pongal that day, but there is always a detailed feast. The pongal kootu, uses pumpkin, sweet potatoes, broad beans, field beans and fresh peas.
Samba Rava | Emmer Wheat | Khapli Wheat
Samba wheat rava is made from pure Samba variety wheat/ Emmer Wheat / Khapli Wheat, including the skin of the wheat which contains many B Complex Vitamins.
- Emmer wheat has complex carbs and a low GI food, it is a great grain for diabetics and anyone looking for low-carb meal options.
- Khapli wheat is rich in niacin/Vit B3, which is great for your heart and cholesterol levels. Emmer is also a rich source of magnesium and iron.
- Khapli wheat has twice the fibre and twice the protein , hence It will fill you faster and will reduce hunger pangs, thus aiding weight loss.
- It is said that the Gluten molecule is weak in khapli wheat and is also suitable for people with gluten intolerance.
- Pregnant women and women post pregnancy can also benefit by including emmer wheat in their diet, because of its rich nutrient profile.
As a personal belief I consider every food group as healthy, they provide nutrients to your body. Just because we frame a food healthy, doesn't mean we can eat them without any limits. So enjoy all food groups within limits.
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Pongal Festival Recipes
Pongal as described is the harvest festival, where people celebrate and show off the produce fresh from the region. The feast usually includes lot of fresh veggies grown local and grains that are harvested fresh.
Any South-indian feast includes sambar, rasam, dry curries and kootu. Along with delish desserts like this samba wheat chakkara pongal. Since it is a festival, usually they make Sambar with tuvar dal and paruppu rasam.
The next day of Pongal festival is called Kaanum pongal and we make coconut rice, lemon rice and tamarind rice along with Aviyal, a loaded vegetables stew with coconut green chili masala , topped with yogurt.
How to make Broken Wheat Sweet Pongal
Please check recipe card below for exact measurements of each ingredient used and also for the detailed instructions
- Dry roast broken wheat and dal until golden brown. Cook them until soft with milk and water.
- Milk brings out the richness in the dish, sarkarai pongal is a dish apt for the kings, so there will be lot of enriching elements like milk, ghee and nuts. If vegan, opt for plant-based milk.
- While the mixture is cooking, melt jaggery and strain the impurities and keep it ready.
- Once the wheat and dal is soft, add the strained jaggery syrup to it and cook until it absorbs all the liquid.
- Add ghee roasted cashewnuts and raisins to it and take it off the stove.
- Pongal tends to thicken as it cools, so make sure you take it off the heat when it is of the porridgy consistency.
Serve the broken wheat Pongal warm. This is also a great make-ahead dessert. Warm it just before serving to enjoy the richness of the dish.
Broken Wheat Sarkarai Pongal | Sweet Pongal Recipe
- ½ cup Samba Godhmai rava | Broken Wheat
- 2 tablespoon moong dal
- 2 tablespoon chana dal
- 2 cups milk if vegan,use plant based milk
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup grated jaggery
- 3 nos cardamom
- 1 no clove
- 4 tablespoon ghee
- 3 tablespoon broken cashewnuts
- 1 tbsp raisins
- a pinch of edible camphor do not use more than the said amount
- Take Broken wheat and both the dals together in a pan. Dry roast until golden brown.
- To this roasted wheat-dal mixture add 2 cups of milk, ½ cup of water, crushed cardamom and clove.
- Take this mixture in another vessel, like the separator that comes with the pressure cooker and place it in a pressure cooker/pan (Pot-in-pot method), pressure cook for 4-5 whistles. Remove the contents from the cooker after thepressure releases on its own.
- Cooking directly in the cooker is not advisable, a slight distraction might burn the pongal and during whistles there will be lot of splitter-splatter that requires lots of cleaning.
- Take the grated jaggery in a saucepan, add ½ cup of water and melt. Strain any impurities.
- Add the strained jaggery syrup to the cooked wheat-dal mixture. Mix well and take it to the stove. Keep the flame simmer and stir frequently. To this cooking pongal, add 2 tablespoon of ghee.
- In a small tadka pan, take another 2 tablespoon of ghee, roast the cashewnuts and raisins. Add this to th simmering pongal.
- Once it starts thickening, finally add the edible camphor, mix well and remove it from the flame. It will take about 5-10 minutes after adding jaggery. Serve warm.
- The pongal thickens as it cools, so do not keep it for a longer time on stove, once it starts coming together, remove it from the flame. Serve it warm and enjoy the flavors
I m not a Doctor or a Nutritionist The Nutrition information provided above comes from the plugin and is only an estimate.