In honor of Dussehra, a holiday in India commemorating the victory of good over evil, we are sharing a recipe for you to celebrate with.  According to the Hindu calendar, the day is commemorated on the tenth day of the month of Ashwin, which happens to be October 22 this year.  Thanks to DLI student Anusha Ramesh, you can make sweet pongal, a traditional dessert that is served at all Indian holidays.

Sweet Pongal



Rice – 1 Cup

Green Gram Dal (mung beans)– 1/2 cup

*Jaggery – 1 ½ cup

Water – 4 cups

Cashews – 10

Raisins – 10

Cardamom powder – ¼ teaspoon


How to Prepare:

  • Roast the Green Gram Dal in a dry pan until light brown color.
  • Wash rice and green gram.
  • Take a vessel and pour in 4 cups of water. Heat the water until it comes to the boiling point. Once the water starts boiling, add rice and gram to the boiling water.
  • In the meantime, heat 1 tablespoon of ghee, add cashews, raisins and fry until light brown color and set it aside.
  • Now add jaggery to the cooked rice and gram and mix well with the rice and gram.
  • Once the rice, gram and jaggery are cooked, lightly crush it.
  • Add cardamom powder, fried cashews and raisins and ghee.
  • Sweet pongal is ready to eat.

* 1cup brown sugar mixed with 2 tsp. molasses can be used as a substitute