Red Poha Sweet Pongal | healthy , easy red poha sweet pongal recipe

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Indulge your sweet tooth with the delightful and wholesome flavors of Red Poha Sweet Pongal. This unique take on the traditional sweet dish brings together the goodness of red poha, moong dal, and the rich sweetness of jaggery, creating a treat that is both satisfying and nutritious.

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  • 2 cups red poha
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 2 tbsp cashews
  • 2 tsp dry grapes
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup moong dal – cooked and mashed
  • 3/4 cup jaggery
  • 1/8 cup grated coconut
  • 1 tsp ghee to add at last


  1. Begin by washing 2 cups of red poha thoroughly under running water.
  2. In a pan, heat 2 tsp of ghee. Fry 2 tbsp of cashews for half a minute, then add 2 tsp of dry grapes. Fry until plump, transfer to a bowl, and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, add the washed red poha and 1/4 cup of milk to the remaining ghee. Mix until a lump-free consistency is achieved.
  4. Pre-cook 1/4 cup of moong dal mash and set it aside.
  5. Once the poha is mixed well, add the mashed moong dal, ensuring thorough incorporation.
  6. In another pan, melt 3/4 cup of jaggery with a little water until completely dissolved. Strain and add it to the poha mixture. Mix until evenly blended and free of lumps.
  7. Introduce the fried nuts, 1/8 cup of grated coconut, and mix well. Cook for an additional minute.
  8. Before serving, add 1 tsp of ghee and mix again. Adjust the ghee quantity according to your preference for stickiness and greasiness.

This red poha sweet pongal offers a healthy twist to your regular sweet/dessert recipes. The thin variety of red poha is recommended for this dish. If using thick poha, ensure to wash it two or three times to achieve a soft texture. No need to soak it as we are cooking it with milk, enhancing both the flavor and nutrition of this delightful treat. Enjoy the wholesome goodness of this unique sweet pongal!

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