Kaikuthal Arisi (Brown Rice) Sweet Pongal

Kaikuthal arisi(Brown rice) Sweet pongal

This Kaikuthal arisi ( Brown Rice) sweet pongal is a jaggery based sweet dish. Kaikuthal Arisi( brown rice) also called unpolished rice.
Brown rice is believed to be more nutritious as compared to white rice as, there are many nutrients in the brown layer that normally get taken off in the polishing process. Cooking brown rice is a little bit tougher than the regular white rice. Soaking the rice in water before cooking helps to soften the grains evenly. Now let's see how to prepare this tasty pongal.

Prep time: 30 minutes  Soaking time 4 hours
Cook time: 45 minutes
Total time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Serves: 4

  • 1 cup kaikuthal arisi(brown rice)
  • 2 cups pagu vellam (jaggery)
  • 5 to 8 tbsp ghee
  • 10 cashewnuts
Cooking Directions

1. Wash and soak the rice with 2 cups of water for 4 hours. 

2. Drain the water and add 3 cups of water and pressure cook for 3 to 5 whistles.

3. If the rice is not cooked properly once again pressure cook for 3 more whistles. 

4. Soak the jaggery in water for 10 minutes and melt it on a low flame.
Then filter the jaggery to a heavy bottomed kadai.
Bring the jaggery syrup to boil again. Meanwhile, mash the rice with the back of a ladle. 

5. When the jaggery mixture starts to bubble, add the mashed rice and 4 tbsp ghee. 

6. Keep on stirring continuously till the whole mixture starts thickening and the pongal starts to leave the sides of the kadai. 

7. In the meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp ghee in a pan and fry the cashewnuts till it turn light golden. Then add it to the pongal.When all the ingredients are blended well transfer it to the greased bowl. Yummy and healthy pongal is ready. 


1. Any type of sweet pongal tastes good if they are cooked in heavy bottomed kadai or brass( vengalam) pot.
2. Pagu Vellam tastes good for Pongal and also it gives you the dark colour.

3. You can also add cardamom powder or edible camphor for flavor.

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