Pongal (Sweet Rice With Cardamom And Fruit)
  • 5cups fresh whole milkplus more as necessary
  • 1 1/2cups long-grain rice
  • 1/4cup husked green grammung beans; optional
  • 2short cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2teaspoon cardamom seeds
  • 2-3handfuls chopped dates or raisins
  • 1-2 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 2/3cup brown sugar
  1. Place milk, rice, optional gram, cinnamon, and cardamom in a roomy pot. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly, then reduce heat to low and simmer gently for 1 hour or so, until rice is perfectly tender and has absorbed most of the liquid.
  2. Add more hot milk if mixture appears to be drying out. When consistency is thick and gooey, stir in dates or raisins, bananas, and sugar. (Be careful: If sugar is added too soon, rice will remain crunchy.) Remove from heat and let sit for about 20 minutes to allow dried fruit to rehydrate.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Pongal (Sweet Rice With Cardamom And Fruit)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 297
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Reprinted with permission from Sacred Food: Cooking for Spiritual Nourishment by Elisabeth Luard (Chicago Review Press, 2001).

Calories 297,Fat 5,Perfat 13,Cholesterol 16,Carbo 58,Protein 8