Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Paramannam (Chakkara Pongali) - Instant recipe

This is the recipe which I find easy to do whenever I want to eat or to put naivedyam (prasad) to god and I do not have time to do the long procedure of paramannam (also called chakkara pongali).Instead of cooking rice in milk as the traditional method says, I use cooked rice(which will be ready most of the times).

Cooked Rice - 1 cup
Milk - 1/3 cup
Jaggery - big chunk may be lemon size twice or more
Neyyi/Ghee/Clarified butter (1 table spoon )
Cardammom powder (optional and little bit)
Saffron (optional and little bit soaked in milk)
Dry fruits - like cashews, golden raisins or pipstachios, roasted in ghee/clarified butter

Method of preparation
Take a small pan, add ghee and roast the dry fruits in it. keep them aside, so that we can add them at the end of the recipe. Take a small kadai, and add the ghee to it - almost 1 table spoon (you can use less also). Add cooked rice to it and the milk. Mix the rice mixture until the milk is soaked in a little bit and careful not to make the rice/milk stick to bottom. Once the milk consistency is thick or absorbed by rice, add the jaggery to it. At this stage, keep stirring as the jaggery melts with the heat and gets mixed up with the rice nicely. Add the rest of the stuff like, saffron milk, cardammom powder, dry fruits. Turn off the heat and can serve hot. or you can cool it down and serve cold.

(1) If you are serving cold, then I would recommend adding more milk to above.
(2) If you like the Paramannam to be little liquid, I would suggest adding more milk to it than recommended above. I like the paramannam to be a little dry, same as the rice, so I use less milk.
(3) Some persons like the paramannam to have little moong dal in it too . If you wish to have it, soak the moong dal in hot water for a minute and cook it in microwave. Add the same when you add rice and voila!!!

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