Karumbu Chaaru Pongal , learn to make sugarcane juice pongal , step by step

Its time to celebrate Pongal festival to convey appreciation and thankfulness to God Sun(Surya Bhagavaan) as he acts as a primary energy for good harvest. It's the time to thank mother nature for giving the season to harvest  rice, cereals, sugarcane and turmeric. Its time to decorate the houses with mango leaves and banana leaves, embellish the floor with beautiful rangoli. It time to cook the pongal in the earthen pot and say "Pongal-O-Pongal".

                 Hearty Pongal Wishes to all ezcookbook Viewers......

I recently came across this Karumbu chaaru pongal in AVAL KITCHEN magazine for pongal special. Immediately wanted to try for this pongal since fresh sugarcane now in season. It came out well and tasted too good. This seems to be more healthy with exclusion of refined sugar.  


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Preparation & Cooking Time : 30 minutes

Yield :Serves 4


Raw Rice - 1/2 cup
Pasi Paruppu / Split Yellow Moong Dal- 1/4 cup
Karumbu charu / Sugarcane juice - 3 cups
Ghee - 4 tbsp
Cashew nuts - 5-6no.
Cardamom Powder - 1/4 tsp
Dates - 2 , deseeded and chopped 


1.Dry roast  dal in fry fry until aromatic. Bring rice and dal in a bowl. Rinse in water for twice or thrice.

2.Transfer to the pressure cooker. Add three cups of sugarcane juice.

3.Cook for 3 sounds. Allow the pressure to release by itself. Meanwhile heat a fry pan with ghee, fry dates, cashewnuts till golden. 

4.Add to the prepared pongal. Add cardamom powder and give a good mix.
Serve hot.


    • There is no need to add refined sugar, since sugarcane juice itself gives needed sweetness.
    • If you feel to have more sweet, add more sugarcane juice and cook for few more minutes. Alternatively add grated jaggery to give a traditional touch.

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