Sakkarai Pongal in Electric Rice Cooker |Sweet Pongal in Electric Rice Cooker

Sakkarai Pongal in Electric Rice Cooker / Sweet Pongal in Electric Rice Cooker

Sakkarai pongal/sweet pongal

Sakkarai pongal or sweet pongal is a delicious traditional pongal variety made during the Tamil month of Thai to celebrate the Pongal festival or harvest festival in Tamil Nadu. It is made with raw rice and green gram dal cooked along with jaggery and milk . Traditionally this sweet pongal is made in open pot which takes a lot of time and needs constant monitoring,but here I have cooked the pongal in electric rice cooker which makes the cooking process much easier and quicker without any difference in taste and texture. Check out how to make delicious sakkarai pongal or sweet pongal in electric rice cooker below.


Raw rice -1 cup

Green gram dal-1/4 cup (slightly dry roast)

Jaggery-1 & 3/4 cup

Raw milk-1 cup (boiled milk can be used too)

Water-5 cups

Cardamom powder-1/4 tsp

Salt a pinch

Saffron- a pinch

Edible camphor (pacchai karpooram)-a pinch
Cashew and raisins few

Ghee-4 Tbsps

Recipe Video


👉In a bowl add the raw rice. 

👉Dry roast the green gram dal until light golden brown colour and add it to the rice.

👉Now wash the rice and dal well and soak in water for 10 mins.(Note- soaking is optional)

👉Later add the rice and dal mixture into the inner container of the rice cooker after draining the water.

👉Add 1 cup milk and 5 cups water to it.

👉Add 1 Tbsp ghee and mix everything well. 
Close the rice cooker with lid and switch on to Cook mode.

👉Meanwhile add jaggery in a pan add 1/2 cup water and melt the jaggery completely and bring to a boil. Then strain the jaggery to remove impurities. Set aside.

👉Heat 1 Tbsp ghee add cashews and raisins and saute until golden brown set aside.

👉Check the rice and dal mixture after 10-15 mins. It would have started boiling give it a good stir and again close with the lid.

👉After 1/2 hour the rice dal mixture would be cooked ,mash the pongal well.

👉Once the rice and dal is completely cooked add the jaggery syrup, cardamom powder, salt,edible camphor and saffron and finally add the fried cashews and raisins and mix everything well.

👉When the pongal thickens the mode will come to Warm mode this means the pongal is done. You can either leave it in rice cooker itself until serving or transfer to a container.

👉Delicious sakkarai pongal is ready to enjoy.

Preparation Time-30 mins


✍️Use new raw rice (pudhu pacchai arisi) or pongal rice which is readily available in super markets, if not regular raw rice is also ok.
✍️Adding atleast 5 -6 cups of water apart from 1 cup of milk will make the pongal soft, mushy and gooey .
✍️Boiled milk can also be used instead of raw milk.
✍️If the rice cooker comes to Warm mode but still if the rice needs to be cooked you can add extra water and again switch back to Cook mode.
✍️Always take the pongal in slightly gooey consistency as it will thicken after some time.
✍️Add extra ghee if the pongal is too dry.
✍️Stir the pongal occassionally and mash it well while cooking.
✍️Add the jaggery syrup only after the rice and dal are completely cooked.

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