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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.


Maa Vilakku - Diya with rice flour - Karthigai recipe

Maa Vilakku is a typical sweet that makes a healthy prasadam filled with raw rice, jaggery and ghee. Perfect for poojas with simple ingredients. Maavilakku brings so many memories while growing up. Both my mom and Grandma never skip a special Poojas  without some prasadam. This maavilakku is one among them and it wasn't like a prasadam we had this maavilakku as an evening snack.

Maa Vilakku recipe - Maa Vilakku maavu (dough) with step by step instructions and pictures - Maa Vilakku is a typical sweet that makes a healthy prasadam filled with raw rice, jaggery and ghee. Perfect for poojas with simple ingredients. This maavilakku recipe produces a dough with smooth consistency similar to that of athirasam dough. Maavu raw rice will work perfectly for maavilakku. You can also use foxtail millet rice, to prepare maavilakku. It's important to soak the rice properly and drain the water completely before powdering. And always, don't forget to sieve the powdered rice flour. The powdered rice flour is again mixed with the powdered jaggery to make the dough.



It's easier to prepare the dough and shape the vilakku. Today, many of us are opting for quick and easy prasadams for poojas that come in ready made mix. In ready to cook products they add too much preservatives and sugar for preserving and there is no taste or any health benefits. Try to prepare homemade foods for your kids with healthy ingredients. There is no doubt that all of our traditional foods are full of healthy ingredients that is essential for us. Our traditional sweets like sweet pongal, jaggery based kheers, maavilakku.. are not only healthy, but they are also tasty. They are the perfect snack replacement because they loaded with antioxidants and minerals.

This maavilakku recipe produces a dough with smooth consistency similar to that of athirasam dough. Maavu raw rice will work perfectly for maavilakku. You can also use foxtail millet rice, to prepare maavilakku. It's important to soak the rice properly and drain the water completely before powdering. And always, don't forget to sieve the powdered rice flour. The powdered rice flour is again mixed with the powdered jaggery to make the dough. If you add more jaggery, then it becomes a gooey and sticky dough. The best way to learn how to prepare maavilakku is to just practice with 1/4 cup of rice. If you make mistakes, do not leave your work as it is. You will learn more with each and every mistake and try to prepare it again. I hope you will follow the instructions and prepare this maavilakku for your poojas.


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Maa Vilakku Recipe Details

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Maa Vilakku is a typical sweet that makes a healthy prasadam filled with raw rice, jaggery and ghee. Perfect for poojas with simple ingredients.

Prep time : 2 hours
Cook time : 20 minutes
Category : sweet / prasadam
Author : Muthulakshmi Madhavakrishnan

Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw rice
  • 1/2 cup jaggery
  • 2 cardamom
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 cotton wick
Cooking Directions
  1. Wash the raw rice for 2 to 3 times in water and soak it with 2 cups of water for 1 hour.
  2. After 1 hour, drain the water completely using a strainer and spread the rice in a white cloth for 10 minutes.
  3. Once dried, transfer the rice to a big mixer jar and grind the raw rice on high speed for 1 minute. grind  until it's a fine powder.Place a fine strainer over a newspaper or polythene sheet and add the ground raw rice powder.
  4. Sift the flour until small chunks remain.
  5. Measure and add the powdered jaggery to the same mixer jar and pulse it for a second.
  6. To this powdered jaggery add the ground rice flour and cardamom. Pulse it for 2 to 3 times and transfer the dough to a mixing bowl.

  1. Mix the dough with your palm gently and make a smooth ball.
  2. In the centre of the ball, make a hole deep enough to add ghee to light the lamp.
  3. Place the cotton wick inside the lamp and add 1 to 2 tbsp ghee in the centre. Light the lamp and place it in a plantain leaf or in a plate.


Maa Vilakku with step by step photos 


Start with the raw rice. Wash the raw rice for 2 to 3 times in water and soak it with 2 cups of water for 1 hour.
 

After 1 hour, drain the water completely using a strainer and spread the rice in a white cloth for 10 minutes.


Once dried, transfer the rice to a big mixer jar and grind the raw rice on high speed for 1 minute. In between, scrape the sides and grind  until it's a fine powder.


Place a fine strainer over a newspaper or polythene sheet and add the ground raw rice powder.
Sift the flour until small chunks remain.



Add 1/4 cup of rice flour and add the powdered jaggery to the same mixer jar and pulse it for a second.  (If you add the jaggery alone, it will stick to the mixer jar and won't get powdered well so I have added some rice flour).


To this powdered jaggery add the remaining ground rice flour and cardamom.


Pulse it for 2 to 3 times and transfer the dough to a mixing bowl.


Mix the dough with your palm gently and make a smooth ball.

In the centre of the ball, make a hole deep enough to add ghee to light the lamp.


Place the cotton wick inside the lamp and add 1 to 2 tbsp ghee in the centre. Light the lamp and place it in a plantain leaf or in a plate. Check in between to add ghee to the lamp.



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