Sweet Rice (Pongal)

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Netra Naik, Berlin, Germany
Urban climate design and adaptation

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100g rice
50g moong dal (mung beans)
20g nuts (cashews and almonds)
50g jaggery (non-centrifugal cane sugar)
1 litre milk
1 tablespoon butter

1. Fry the nuts in butter

2. Melt the jaggery in hot water

3. Cook rice, moong dal, milk and one tablespoon of butter together in a pressure cooker

4. Leave the cooker on stove until you hear 3 whistles.

5. Add the fried nuts and jaggery water to the cooked rice.


Sweet Rice is prepared as an offering to god on the occasion of the harvest festival in India, usually in the month of January. The festival is celebrated in different parts of India with different names such as Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Uttarayana, Lohri, Khichdi, Shishur Saenkraat and Maagh Bihu.

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