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Sihi Huggi | Sihi Pongal | Sweet Pongal | Split Mung Dal Rice - Authentic Dessert Recipe

Sweet Pongal or Sihi Huggi is made on Sankranthi festival. It is a classic recipe prepared on other special occasions in our Madhwa community during habba and haridina.

My grandmother used to make absolutely exquisite and heavenly sihi pongal. She had magic in her hands, would turn any dish onto that finger-licking, melt-in-your-moth, delectable meal. I absolutely miss eating her food now, she passed away 6 years ago. Her birthday was January 8th. Remembering her this January and dedicating this recipe to her.


2 cups Rice (sona masoori variety, washed and drained ) 1/2 cup Mung dal or split skinned Mung beans (washed and drained) 1/2 cup ghee or clarified butter

3 cups of water

1/2 cup milk

2 tbsp freshly grated coconut (blended in a mixer) or coconut milk, this ingredient is optional

1 cup powdered jaggery or brown sugar

1 tbsp chopped cashew nuts

1 tbsp chopped almonds

1 tbsp golden raisins

1/2 tsp saffron strands soaked in a tbsp of warm milk