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AKKARAVADISAL (SWEET MILK PONGAL) Rice and yellow moong dal is slow cooked in milk and the result is a delicious and creamy rice pudding. I am not a sweet lover, but during my childhood, I have memories of eating this Akkaravadisal at Srivilliputtur temple where it is Its simple to make, almost like the regular Sakkarai Pongal (Sweet Pongal). The only difference, albeit very minute, is the amount of milk. You can cook AKKARAVADISAL (SWEET MILK PONGAL) using 9 ingredients and 10 steps. Here is how you cook that.


  1. You need 1/4 cup of rice.
  2. It's 1.5 tbsp of yellow split dal (moong dal).
  3. You need 1/4 cup of powdered / grated jaggery.
  4. You need 2 cup of milk.
  5. You need 2 tbsp of ghee.
  6. Prepare 1 tsp of cardamom powder.
  7. Prepare 6 of cashew halves.
  8. It's 6 of kismish.
  9. You need 1/8 tsp of saffron (soaked in milk).

Akkaravadisal / akkara adisil is made majorly in Iyengar homes similar to sakkarai pongal. Main difference being the texture, milk proportion in The taste of this traditional sweet akkaravadisal is also different from the sakkarai pongal. This akkaravadisal tastes rich, smooth, creamy and saffron. Akkaravadisal Recipe is similar to sweet pongal but its so different and very tasty.


  1. Add half cup water in jaggery & boil it for about 5 minutes,so jaggery melt and syrup becomes little thick..
  2. Wash rice & dal,drain excess water. Then dry roast it for 3-4 minutes..
  3. Now transfer it in another vessel, add 1.5 cup of milk in it..
  4. Make sure that milk - rice dal mixture should only be half of the vessel to avoid boiling milk overflowing,also put small dish or bowl in it while pressure cook it..
  5. Now place this vessel in cooker and pressure cook it for 5 whistles on medium flame..
  6. Once pressure releases, take out dish from vessel & mash it with ladle..
  7. Now add jaggery syrup and remaining milk,mix well & cook for 5 minutes on low flame..
  8. Now add 1 tbsp ghee, cardamom powder, mix well and simmer for 5 minutes. Now it starts thickening like pudding..
  9. Fry cashew halves and kismis and add. Also add soaked saffron. Mix well, after one minute, turn off flame..
  10. Garnish with cashew & serve hot. Can drizzle ghee at the time of serving. You can add edible camphor too..

Add the saffron milk, cardamom powder, cashew nuts, edible camphor (I did not add) and cook for few more minutes on medium low heat stirring continuously until everything comes together. Sweet pongal is a delicious festive dish made with rice, dal, jaggery, ghee & nuts. Chakkara pongal or sakkarai pongal are the other names. So one may find sweet pongal recipes with varying ingredients like moong dal, Cow's milk, Cow's ghee, jaggery, sugar, coconut etc. Akkaravadisal (Akkara Adisil) is an Authentic Iyengar recipe.

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