Take rice and dal together and wash it well withrunning water. I know they normally dry roast the rice, but since these days,it goes through various stages of processing, i didn't want to take risk, so washed the rice, instead of dry roasting
Take the washed rice and dal in a pressure pan, add 1 cup of milk and 1.5 cups of water and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles. I didn't cook directly in the pressure cooker, this will cause the liquid to squirt out thru the whistle, so place the rice and dal in a separate vessel and place it in the pressure cooker.
While the rice is cooking, take rock sugar along with cardamom pods and cloves in a mixie and powder it well.
Let the pressure release on its own. Heat a pan,add the cooked rice and dal to it and add the powdered sugar candy and mixwell. The mixture will release water, add 2 tbsp of ghee to it and mix well.Let it cook until the sugar is absorbed well and the mixture thickens
Be careful and be near the stove, stir frequently. After 10-12 minutes, take it off the stove.
Roast the cashewnuts and raisin in ghee and add it to the pongal. Serve warm.