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Sankranti Special - Sweet Pongal Recipe

Ending the year with a festive spirit of Christmas, followed by New Year’s Eve in a grand meal experience happens to be our found family ritual. Post, which the first festival in January is celebrated, marking the new beginning of our Hindu calendar. It's the harvest season, ushering the end of winter and onset of a warm summer.

Like any other festive occasion and Hindu traditions that revolve around it, I come from a family that believes in keeping the customs alive. Which begins with having a clean home at all times. After all, cleanliness is godliness!!

A clean, bug clean, bug free and fragrant kitchen is the root of a healthy home. Especially having absolutely no cockroaches crawling in my kitchen is really important to me. Considering the dirt, bacteria and other diseases that they carry along with them, which creates sickness and food poisoning. And LAL HIT helps me achieve all of that with just one application in a month. It is now available in pleasing fresh fragrance as well.By keeping hidden cockroaches at bay and helping me avoid any sort of food poisoning. It's Deep Reach Nozzle makes it absolutely easy to use in my modular kitchen, by reaching every corner like under the cylinder, sink, cracks and crevices.

Sankranti is incomplete in our house without the preparation of Sweet Pongal.

This is my favourite version of Indian risotto, if I may call it so. Wherein lentils, rice are slow cooked and them tempered with a dollop of ghee with dry fruits. Its super easy to make and I’m sure with that extra ghee added, you will go in for a second helping.

Here’s what you need –


2 cups of rice (soaked) ½ cup – Moong dal

2 cups of water 4 tsbp – Sugar (you my also use jaggery) 3 tbsp – Ghee 2- 3 Green Cardamom 2 - Cloves ½ cup of Dry fruits (Cashews, Pista & Raisins)


1. In a deep vessel, add rice, moong dal and sufficient water to bring to a boil.

2. When the rice is pre-boiled which should take about 15 mins, add sugar and let it simmer for another 5 mins. Remember that mixture needs to be a little soggy and not completely dry like normal steamed rice.

3. Once the rice and dal is cooked, in a separate pan heat some ghee, add dry fruits, cardamom & clove and let them roast for about a minute or so.

4. Add the ghee mixture to cooked rice and give a good stir.

5. Serve hot with a dollop of ghee.

I hope you enjoy making this simple, easy sweet Pongal as much as we do at our home.

Remember to always have a clean kitchen, since your family’s health is of utmost importance. Always use LAL HIT to keep bugs/cockroaches away and help avoid food poisoning . Make it a part of your monthly kitchen cleaning routine, it’s absolutely easy to use and fragrant.

Wishing you all a Happy Sakranti!!

Do try out this easy, festive recipe and share your feedback with me :)

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