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"Mane Adige" means "Home Food" in kannada and this blog is all about recipes that I cook. Most of the recipes I post here will be from "Mangalooru" and "Bengalooru " regions of Karnataka,India. Rest of them are the one's which I try out by improvising the recipes got from different sources.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Huggi / Sweet Pongal

Most kids love sweet dishes... and I was no different when I was one. My mom tells me that when I got back from school daily, I would stand at the gate of our house and ask my mom, "Amma, en sweet maadidiya nange ivattu?" Meaning, what sweet have you made for me today? I believe I used to enter the house only after she told me what she had made for me that day :D..... Such was my love for sweet dishes....Huggi was one of my favorites( Huggi!! Yes, that's what sweet pongal is called in Kannada). I loved the taste of melted dollops of ghee on the sweet rice and dal dumplings!!

One more reason why I loved huggi so much was.....My mom used to often tell me a story called "Huggi ya holay" (meaning, a stream of huggi). It was about a woman who tried making huggi with a stolen magic pot, and how she forgot the mantra that would stop making huggi .... The pot started overflowing and slowly the the whole village was filled with delicious huggi and blah blah blah....

And every time I ate huggi, I imagined I was eating it out of the magic pot from the story... and that made me like it even more!!!! Silly, I know.. But hey, I was still a kid !! :) Anyway, coming back to the recipe.... I am posting this on the request from one of my readers and also a good friend, Vimala. I hope you like it!


Btw folks, I have recently added the Star Ratings option below every post... So, go ahead and feel free to rate the recipes!! Thanx :)



1 cup Yellow moong dal

1 cup White rice

1-2 tbsp Dry/Desiccated Coconut, grated/powdered ( Kobbari / Copra)

1.5- 2 cups Sugar OR Jaggery (OR as per taste)

1/2 tsp Elaichi/Cardamom powder

1/2 tsp Black peppercorns, coarsely crushed (optional)

2 cups Milk (optional)

1 tbsp Cashews and Raisins

1-2 tbsp Ghee/ Clarified butter

A pinch of turmeric


  1. Dry roast yellow moong dal for a couple of minutes, or until it slightly changes color and the raw smell disappears; Do not let it turn brown, though.
  2. Wash white rice under running water, a couple of times and combine the roasted dal, crushed pepper and turmeric; Add about 3.5-4 cups of water... At this point, you could substitute half the quantity of water with milk (i.e about 2 cups of milk and 1.5-2 cups of water);
  3. Pressure cook the rice dal mixture until done ( It takes about 4 whistles in my cooker); Do not worry if it gets over cooked.... the dal and rice blend well when they are a little overcooked.
  4. Take the sugar/jaggery in a pan; Add enough water to JUST cover the sweetener. Boil on low-medium heat until all the sugar/jaggery is dissolved. Note: I personally prefer using sugar bcause it gives a pleasant color, but the jaggery version tastes great too!
  5. Add the dal-rice mixture, copra and half the ghee; Mix well and remove from stove.
  6. Heat 1 tsp of ghee and roast the raisins and cashews until golden brown; Add to huggi and mix well.
  7. Transfer into separate bowls and serve hot, topped with a generous dollop of ghee!!!

Prep Time: About 30-40 mins.

Serves: About 3-4 people.


Anonymous said...

hey thanks a lot Ramya for the recipe, pongal looks yummy, will definitely try this one and get back...

Vanamala Hebbar said...

yummy pongal .... pics looks good

Anonymous said...

Looks yummy !! Hey Thanks for including me in this Arusuvai chain... I will be posting the dish wid secret ingredient soon :) Thanks a bunch Ramya for both the ingredient and the cute gift...

Finla said...

Hey so you are indeed a sweet lover.
Pongal looks delicious

amna said...

am not a pongal fan but u sure make it look yummy!

Sagari said...

delecious pongal ramyaaaa

Ramya Kiran said...

hey ramya..my mom used to tell me the same story and i believed it as well gottha??ha ha..super aagide recipe..try maadthini weekend ge..

Kalai said...

You sound just like my husband!! My MIL tells me all kinds of stories about him as a kid... Pongal looks deliciously creamy! :)

Dori said...

The pictures looks so good it makes me want to try this right now!

Richa said...

very tempting, always enjoy jaggery based sweets :)

Sig said...

That looks delicious Ramya... We had a similar story in Kerala about a village being filled with payasam, and I always imagined myself living there... :D

Suganya said...

WOW!.... This is my fav... love it a lot... Urs looks perfect...... YUM!... Nice pic...

Unknown said...

i love these when we get it during the Attukaal Pongala in trivandrum temple:)

Gunjan said...

Oh! please gimme a break. Do you know the difference between rice and wheat.??
The same goes with your recipe and the name you used Huggi.
I was very diappointed to see that Huggi what you call is made up of rice.
Please first know the meaning and then post.
HUGGI is a north karnataka sweet dish made out of wheat and has a long procedure.It is highly nutricious too.
I think you should make your recipe as only sweet payasam or Pongla and not call it as Huggi..

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Thanx girls! Really glad you liked it.

In Bangalore and Mangalore regions, huggi is made with rice and moong dal. Maybe you are not aware of it.Happens... that's ok!!! :)

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Mahesh, Stockholm. said...

Namaskaara Madam..

You blog is very good. We live in Stockholm, Sweden and we don't have a single south Indian restaurant in this country.

We people from Mandya-Haasana, call only "Kaara Pongal" as Huggi.

But.. we do cook this Sweet Huggi.

Please post the recipe for our Huggi i.e "kaara Huggi".

Happy Sankranthi

Rohini said...

i guess its sheer providence that i came across your blog a day prior to shankaranti...i always wanted to prepare sweet pongal or huggi the karnataka way...though im not aware whether there is any difference between how huggi is made in neighboring states of andhra or tamil nadu. but being a hardcore bangalorean, i am so glad to see this recipe...thanks for posting...happy cooking!

Unknown said...

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Sudha Sakleshpur said...
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Sudha Sakleshpur said...

Sounds yummy. Planning to make this over the weekend....but why do you include pepper in a sweet dish?