Sweet Pongal with Rose Chikki

Traditional sweet Pongal served with caramalised rose discs. This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel

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Sweet Pongal with Rose Chikki
Main Ingredients Split skinless green gram, Rice
Cuisine Indian
Course Desserts
Prep Time 16-20 minutes
Cook time 51-60 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Sweet
Level of Cooking Moderate
Others Veg

Ingredients list for Sweet Pongal with Rose Chikki

  • ½- ¾ cup Split skinless green gram
  • 1 cup Rice soaked
  • 1/4 cup Rose petals fresh
  • 1/2 cup Jaggery (gur) chopped
  • 3 cups Milk
  • 1/4 cup Ghee
  • a pinch saffron strands
  • 1/2 teaspoon Green cardamom powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg powder
  • 1/4 cup Cashewnuts
  • 1/4 cup Raisins
  • 1/2 cup Castor sugar (caster sugar)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Rose syrup


  1. Dry-roast split green grams in a deep-non-stick pan till light brown. Add soaked rice and mix. Add milk, mix and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  2. To make jaggery syrup, heat jaggery in another non-stick pan. Add some water and cook till jaggery melts. Add the syrup to green gram-rice mixture, mix and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Heat ghee in another non-stick pan.
  4. Add saffron, cardamom powder and nutmeg powder to green gram-rice mixture, mix and cook till reduced.
  5. Add cashewnuts and raisins to hot ghee and fry till golden. Add it to green gram-rice mixture alongwith ghee and mix well. This is pongal.
  6. To prepare rose chikki, heat castor sugar in another non-stick pan and cook till it caramelizes. Add rose petals and rose syrup and swirl to mix.
  7. Place a silicon mat on the worktop, pour and spread the caramelized sugar-rose mixture and cool till it semi sets.
  8. Cut the spread caramelized sugar-rose mixture into roundels using a medium size cookie cutter and let it fully set.
  9. Fill 2 ceramic bowls with some pongal.
  10. Remove the chikki roundels and discard the excess. Place each rose chikki disc on top of pongal, covering it and serve immediately.