Mixed Fruit Sweet Pongal

BM #72 Week 3 Day 3 - 

Here is a fruity twist to the traditional sweet pongal. I found that this is one way I can reduce the sugar/jaggery and substitute with fruits. I felt the ghee content can be further reduced but that is for the next time.

Ingredients - 

Rice 3/4 cup
Chana Dal 1/2 cup
Ghee 2-3 Tbsp 
Milk 3 cups
Jaggery, powdered little less than 1/2 cup
Almond+Cashew Powder 1/4 cup
Cardamom Powder 1/2 tsp
Apple, Banana, Mango and Pear one each (diced)

Mixed Fruit Sweet Pongal

Method Of Preparation -

Pressure cook rice and chana dal with about 3 cups of milk and about 1 cup of water. 

Meanwhile melt the jaggery in about 2-3 tablespoons of water strain for impurities and set aside.

After the pressure is released from the cooker, pour in some ghee and mix well. Let it come to a rolling boil. Make sure the mixture is mixed well and is as mushy as preferred.

Reduce the heat, add in the almond-cashew powder, pour the molten jaggery and cardamom powder and mix well.

Let it boil for a couple of minutes and remove from heat. After the pongal is partially cooled, mix in the chopped fruits and a teaspoon of ghee.

Perfect for offering to the Lord !!


Preparation Time 30-35 minutes
Serves 5-6


  1. What an interesting twist..wow..love the idea of fruits in the pongal.

  2. Priya Suresh Says:
  3. Adding fruits in pongal sounds very interesting and a unusual twist, delicious!!

  4. Wonderful idea to use dry fruits instead of loading up with sugar. Looks delicious :)

  5. Srividhya Says:
  6. Never tried adding fruit in pongal. Very interesting.

  7. Srivalli Says:
  8. Oh now thats something new Harini..so good to read this..I have recently tried with rava..this one sounds good for festival right..

  9. Smruti Ashar Says:
  10. I have never tried a mixed fruit pongal. Must have been interesting I am sure!!

  11. Sandhiya Says:
  12. Interesting idea to add fruits in pongal. Sounds yummy

  13. Wow.. Such a nice twist in the Pongal!!

  14. Pavani Says:
  15. That is an interesting and delicious pongal Harini. Never made pongal with chana dal and adding mixed fruit sounds delicious.

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