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Sarkkarai Pongal | Sweet Pongal

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Sarkkarai Pongal - this is a quick and easy dish for prasadam. And this Sarkkarai Pongal has also been an absolute favourite prasadam for many of us. The taste of this Sarkkarai Pongal, depend on the quality of the jaggery we use. I usually prefer pagu vellam for pongal and payasam dishes. The colour and taste of this jaggery vary from place to place. Some jaggery are dark brown while others are yellow or orange coloured jaggery. In this recipe, I have used the dark brown jaggery and it tastes so good. My husband bought me this dark brown jaggery (Kottayam Vellam) from Nanguneri. Now let's see some important tips for perfect Sarkkarai Pongal.


Pidi Karunai Kizhangu (Yam) Masiyal

Pidi karunai kuzhambu (Yam) provides all the important nourishment to the body which not only improves the immunity system, but also brings a glow in the body. It is used as an Ayurvedic medicine to cure piles. It is high in Vitamin B6, and contains Vitamin C and A, potassium, phosphorous and magnesium. This pidi karunai masiyal is easy to make and tamarind juice is added to remove itchiness. A healthy and low calorie dish which goes well with rice. I learnt this recipe from my mom. For pulikuzhambu we prepare this masiyal as a side dish. Try this easy and healthy masiyal for your family. 


Pidi karunai(Yam) provides all the important nourishment to the body which not only improves the immunity system, but also brings a glow in the body. It is used as an Ayurvedic medicine to cure piles. It is high in Vitamin B6, and contains Vitamin C and A, potassium, phosphorous and magnesium. This pidi karunai masiyal is easy to make and tamarind juice is added to remove itchiness. A healthy and low calorie dish which goes well with rice. I learnt this recipe from my mom. For pulikuzhambu we prepare this masiyal as a side dish. Try this easy and healthy masiyal for your family.






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Pidi Karunai Kizhangu (Yam) Masiyal - This pidi karunai masiyal is easy to make and tamarind juice is added to remove itchiness. A healthy and low calorie dish which goes well with rice.

Prep time : 25 minutes
Cook time : 20 minutes
Serves : 4
Category : veg side dish
Author : Muthulakshmi Madhavakrishnan                                             


  • 6 pidi karunai kizhangu
  • 1/2 cup small onions 
  • 1 tsp red chilly powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • small lemon sized ball tamarind
  • 3 - 5 tbsp tbsp gingely oil
  • Salt to taste
To grind
  •  1/2 cup coconut
  •  4 small onions
  •  2 garlic
  •  1 tsp cumins
To temper
  • 1/4 tsp mustard
  • 1/4 tsp urid dal
  • few curry leaves
Cooking Directions

1. Wash the karunai kizhangu(yams) in water until all the muds are completely removed. Then pressure cook them for 7 to 10 whistles.
2. Peel the skin and allow them to cool. Soak the tamarind in warm water and extract the pulp with 1/2 cup of water. Chop the small onions finely.
3. Grind the coconut, small onions, garlic and cumin coarsely. Mash the karunai kizhangu(yam) and add the extracted tamarind juice to it. 
4. Now add the ground paste, turmeric powder and  salt to the mashed karunai kizhangu. Gently mix them evenly with your hands.
5. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed kadai and add the mustard urid dal.When it splutters add the small onions and saute them till it turns brown.Now add the chilly powder and curry leaves. Stir them well.
6. Next, add the mashed masalas and stir it continuously for a few seconds. 
7. Swirl 2 tbsp oil while roasting. Keep on low flame for 15 minutes and cook them till it turns brown.Tasty and healthy masiyal is ready to serve.


Pidi Karunai Kizhangu (Yam) Masiyal with step by step photos

1. Wash the karunai kizhangu in water until all the muds are completely removed. Then pressure cook them for 7 to 10 whistles.



2. Peel the skin and allow them to cool. Soak the tamarind in warm water and extract the pulp with 1/2 cup of water. Chop the small onions finely.




3. Grind the coconut, small onions, garlic and cumin coarsely. Mash the karunai kizhangu(yam) and add the extracted tamarind juice to it. 



4. Now add the ground paste, turmeric powder and  salt to the mashed karunai kizhangu. Gently mix them evenly with your hands.



5. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed kadai and add the mustard urid dal.When it splutters add the small onions and saute them till it turns brown.



6. Now add the chilly powder and curry leaves. Stir them well.



7. Stir them for a few seconds and add the mashed masalas and stir it continuously for few seconds.



8.  Swirl 2 tbsp oil while roasting. Keep on low flame for 15 minutes and cook them till it turns brown.



9. Tasty and healthy masiyal is  ready to serve. 



If you try this recipe for Karunai kizhangu(Yam) masiyal send us your comments below and share the recipe for your friends and family. 

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