On this auspicious occasion, try our Chakkarai Pongal recipe. This easy and tasty dish is a delicacy made from newly harvested rice. It is cooked with jaggery, ghee and cashew nuts.
This is a sweet dish that is made during most festivals in south india. During sankaranthi, it is especially significant as it is made with freshly harvested rice. Remember to top it with oodles of ghee as it is the ghee that characterises the flavour, aroma and consistency of the pongal. In fact, there is a mention in the thiruppavai (a religious, poetic work in tamil) that when chakkarai pongal is held in the palm, the ghee should drip down to the elbow!