“Moong Dal Pongal: A Sweet & Savory South Indian Delight”

  • Author: Rettai Kili
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Sakkarai Pongal


  • 1 cup Rettaikili Ponni rice
  • 1 cup moong dal
  • 1/2 cup jaggery (adjust to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • A pinch of edible camphor (optional)
  • A handful of cashew nuts
  • A handful of raisins
  • A few strands of saffron (for garnish)
  • Water as needed



“Welcome to our culinary journey through South India, where we explore the delightful flavors of Rettaikili Moong Dal Pongal. This traditional dish, made with premium Rettaikili Ponni rice and wholesome moong dal, embodies the essence of sweet and savory South Indian cuisine.

Rettaikili Moong Dal Pongal is a beloved South Indian dish that celebrates the culinary richness of the region. This delightful recipe combines the finest ingredients – the premium quality Rettaikili Ponni rice and wholesome moong dal. The result is a dish that’s not only delicious but also a true testament to South Indian flavors.

Step 1: Preparing the Rice and Dal

Begin by washing the Rettaikili Ponni rice and moong dal separately. After washing, soak them in water for about 20-30 minutes. Drain and set them aside.

Step 2: Cooking the Pongal

2. Heat ghee in a heavy-bottomed pan. Add the soaked and drained rice and dal. Sauté them for a couple of minutes, ensuring they are thoroughly coated with ghee.

Add water and bring the mixture to a boil. Then, reduce the heat and let it simmer until both the rice and dal are perfectly cooked, and the mixture has a creamy consistency.

Step 3: Preparing the Jaggery Syrup

4. In a separate pan, melt the jaggery with a little water to create syrup. Once melted, strain it to remove any impurities.

Add the jaggery syrup to the cooked rice and dal mixture. Stir well and continue to cook for a few more minutes until everything is well combined.

Step 4: Seasoning and Garnishing

6. Season the Pongal with aromatic cardamom powder and, if desired, a pinch of edible camphor to add a unique and delightful flavor.

In a separate pan, lightly fry the cashew nuts until they turn a beautiful golden brown. Then, fry the raisins until they swell up. Add both the nuts and raisins to the Pongal mixture.

Step 5: Final Touch

8. Garnish your Rettaikili Moong Dal Pongal with a few strands of saffron. This not only adds a burst of color but also enhances the overall aroma and flavor.

Step 6: Serving

9. Serve this exquisite Rettaikili Moong Dal Pongal with Ponni rice hot, either as a wholesome main dish or as a delectable sweet treat. It’s a culinary journey that’s sure to transport you to the heart of South India.

Experience the authentic flavors and textures of South Indian cuisine with Rettaikili Moong Dal Pongal. This recipe brings together the finest ingredients and traditional techniques to create a memorable dining experience. Enjoy the sweet and savory fusion of Rettaikili Ponni rice and moong dal, and savor the warmth and comfort of South Indian hospitality in your own kitchen.

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