Dhudha Pongolu

                               Dhudha Pongolu  is prepared as prasad in Dhanur masa /in Amchi konkani temples . This is especially special  at the TD temple Kochi. It’s made for the afternoon pooja prasad  in the temple and  one could get it with prior booking. So most GSB ‘s make it for Makara Sankranthi at their homes too – of course the taste of the prasad cannot be replicated but gets close enough , So let’s see the recipe which is Courtesy my FB friend – Shobha Kumar  along with the pics

Ingredients :-
  1. Raw Rice ( preferably Bhatta Soorai  orovu/ Tandul)- 1 cup 
  2. Moong dal – 1/3rd cup or a little less
  3. Sugar – 1 cup 
  4. Milk – 1/2 litre 
  5. Water- 1/2 litre or as needed .
  6. Ghee – 2 tbsp s   
  7. Cardamom/ elaichi  powder – 1 tsp
Method :- 

Measure out the rice & dal . Wash and soak the the rice for half an hour . Soaking helps the rice to cook faster & be softer . 
Dry roast the dal in a kadai till you get a nice aroma . Then wash well . Boil the milk & water in a pressure cooker  . Then add the rice & dal , Cover with the lid and let cook . 
After the first whistle lower the flame and let cook for another 10-12 mins. Let the pressure subside by itself.

Transfer the cooked rice and dal to a thick bottomed kadai  . Add  the sugar and cook till it thickens .
Keep stirring in between. Now add the ghee to prevent it from sticking at the bottom . When it has thickened and come together  – add cardamom powder and mix well.
Smear some ghee on a plate or banana leaf , transfer the cooked pongolu to it and spread evenly. 
After cooling cut it into pieces.

Here is another version by my friend & author of this blog – Jayashri Shenoy She has added dry fruits like cashews & dates And added 1 cup moong dal for 1 cup rice in the same method 

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