Sweet Brown Rice Pongal / Sarkarai Pongal / Chakarai Pongal with Dates
It's time to celebrate prosperity, the festival of abundance. Happy Pongal to you and your family! Our pongal special "Sweet/Sarkarai Pongal" with a slight variation using "Sweet Brown Rice" and Dates.
Pongal is a Hindu festival celebrated on the 1st day of 10th month (Thai) according to Lunar calendar. Traditionally on this auspicious day, freshly harvested rice is boiled with fresh milk and jaggery in clay pots. While boiling the concoction, people allow the milk to spill over the pot as an auspicious sign of abundance and prosperity. This pongal is then seasoned with ghee, cashew nuts and raisins usually. I have added dates to this recipe taken from my mom. Also, my ratio of dal is slightly on the higher side for more protein, you may reduce it to your taste. This being brown rice, I used pressure cooker for an effortless cooking.
Sweet brown rice has a shiny and smooth exterior. Once its cooked with lentils it tends to get mushy like our regular rice. Although this mushiness keeps the pongal from getting too dry /hard; cooked sweet brown rice retains a slight and perfect crunchiness with each bit that you will love. Without any delay let's get started with this "Sweet Brown Rice Pongal"...