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January 18, 2017

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.



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Kaikuthal Arisi (Brown Rice) Sweet Pongal Recipe Details



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Prep time : 20 minutes
Soaking time : 4 hours
Cookimg time : 40 minutes
Serves : 4
Category : dessert
Author : Muthulakshmi Madhavakrishnan

Ingredients

    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.
  5. Then filter the jaggery to a heavy bottomed kadai.
  6. Bring the jaggery syrup to boil again. Meanwhile, mash the rice with the back of a ladle.
  7. When the jaggery mixture starts to bubble, add the mashed rice and 4 tbsp ghee.
  8. Keep on stirring continuously till the whole mixture starts thickening and the pongal starts to leave the sides of the kadai.


Notes 
 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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