Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Brown rice chakkara pongal

My two pennies on the matter of brown-rice chakkara pongal: It takes longer to cook but tastes chewier and better than regular chakkara pongal.

Other points to note:

1. It might not take YOU as long as it did me to cook the brown rice, even in a pressure cooker, if you know:
a) how long it takes to cook brown rice, and
b) how much liquid to add per measure of brown rice so that it is not just perfectly cooked, but perfectly overcooked (as required for pongal).

2. Following on from 1(b) above - and if 1(a) and (b) don’t apply to you, the way they didn’t to me - your pressure-cooked brown rice+dal might be slightly swimming in milk. This will not matter if:
a) You boil the heck out of the pongal to reduce down the excess milk to the consistency you like, and
b) You like your chakkara pongal to be slightly runny even when cold, rather than so thick that you can slice it.

3. I substituted flaked almonds for the more traditional cashewnuts because I didn’t have the more traditional cashewnuts. You don’t have to do what I did. Especially if you DO have cashewnuts.

With these facts and caveats to hand, you may now go on to the

Recipe for: Brown rice chakkara pongal

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Ingredients:

1 tbsp moong dal
3 tbsp brown basmati rice
1/4 cup jaggery
Seeds from 3 cardamom pods
1-1/2 cups milk
2 tbsp flaked almonds
2 tbsp raisins
1 htsp ghee
About 1/4 cup water

Method:

1. Toast the moong dal in a pan, shaking it frequently so that the dal doesnt burn, until the dal changes to a darker colour.
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2. Pressure cook the dal, rice and milk for at least 5 whistles, preferably turning down the heat after 3 whistles and letting it simmer for 10 minutes before turning up the heat again.

3. Let the pressure reduce on its own before opening the cooker. Mash the rice and dal a bit - it's ok if there's some milk left in the container.
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4. Meanwhile, heat the ghee in a pan and fry the raisins and almond flakes until toasted light brown. Remove from the heat and pour onto the milk-dal mixture.

5. Now place the jaggery and water in a pan and let the jaggery dissolve. Photobucket
Once it is dissolved and the water is bubbling, Photobucket
pour the milk-dal mixture into it and stir well. Photobucket

If the chakkara pongal is runny, let it simmer for 5-10 minutes or till the pongal thickens. (It will thicken a bit more on cooling.) Photobucket

Serve warm.

RECIPE: BROWN RICE CHAKKARA PONGAL

Ingredients:

1 tbsp moong dal
3 tbsp brown basmati rice
1/4 cup jaggery
Seeds from 3 cardamom pods
1-1/2 cups milk
2 tbsp flaked almonds
2 tbsp raisins
1 htsp ghee
About 1/4 cup water

Method:

1. Toast the moong dal in a pan, shaking it frequently so that the dal doesnt burn, until the dal changes to a darker colour.
2. Pressure cook the dal, rice and milk for at least 5 whistles, preferably turning down the heat after 3 whistles and letting it simmer for 10 minutes before turning up the heat again.
3. Let the pressure reduce on its own before opening the cooker. Mash the rice and dal a bit - it's ok if there's some milk left in the container.
4. Meanwhile, heat the ghee in a pan and fry the raisins and almond flakes until toasted light brown. Remove from the heat and pour onto the milk-dal mixture.
5. Now place the jaggery and water in a pan and let the jaggery dissolve. Once it is dissolved and the water is bubbling, pour the milk-dal mixture into it and stir well. If the chakkara pongal is runny, let it simmer for 5-10 minutes or till the pongal thickens. (It will thicken a bit more on cooling.) Serve warm.

6 comments:

Manasi said...

I am so in love with sweet pongal, but with brown rice is something i needed to consider ( because it is such a hassle to cook) but if u say it is better, I guess will have to give it a try.

harini-jaya said...

hey I was considering pongal with brown rice but that didn't happen. One question I have is milk and jaggery sometimes don't get along well..so was wondering if u had any problems.

Cilantro said...

I love Sakkarai Pongal but Iam little skeptical to try with brown rice, may be I can try a small quantity taking your assurance.

Shyam said...

Manasi: Brown rice isnt a hassle to cook in a pressure cooker - especially to make pongal as overcooking the rice won't ruin the dish! :)

Harini-Jaya: Brown rice pongal actually does work. I didnt have any problem with the milk and jaggery... but I stirred the melted jaggery really quickly into the rice!

Cilantro: Do try it, it's really nice.

Kay said...

brown rice chakkara pongal, eh, shyam? I ought to give it a try. We make brown rice almost everyday at home, but never thought it might a good candidate for chakkara pongal! :) you got me drooling here! Thank you.

Sheena Jaya said...

Excellant recipe.Wanted to make with brown basmathi and yours was perfect small quantity. Used 2 tbsp mung and 4 tbsp brown basmathi. adjusted the cooking time a sit was swimming. used cashews.
extremely good. Will do this every year for Pongal.
Thanks.