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 Published 2015-Jan-17   Updated 2018-Mar-05

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Akkara Adisal, Rice pudding, Sweet Pongal, Sweet Milk Pongal, Rice pudding)

Akkaravadisal is a variation to the traditional sweet pongal. It is a famous sweet made by the Tamil Brahmins. Rice and yellow moong dal is slow cooked in milk and the result is a delicious and creamy rice pudding. The pudding is sweetened with jaggery and flavored with saffron, cardamom and camphor.

This dish is not something that I grew up with. I first tasted it in my friends’ house and loved it. The addition of milk takes the dish to a whole new level. It is a very simple dish to put together for a big crowd. So, be sure to try this dessert for your next get together or party.

Recipe For Akkaravadisal


  • Raw Rice - 1/2 cup
  • Moong Dal - 3 tbsp
  • Jaggery – 3/4 cup
  • Milk – 4 cups
  • Water – 1/2 cup
  • Ghee – 4 tbsp
  • Cashews – 5-7
  • Raisins – 5-7
  • Cardamom – 3 (crushed)
  • Saffron - few strands (soaked in 1 tbsp of warm milk - optional)
  • Edible Camphor - a very tiny piece (optional)


  1. Wash the rice and moong dal. Drain it well.


  2. Take a heavy bottomed pan and add 2 tbsp of ghee. Fry the cashews and raisin for just a minute. Remove it using a slotted spoon and keep aside.
  3. In the leftover ghee, fry the rice-dal mixture for few minutes.
  4. Add the milk and bring to a boil. Reduce the flame and cook on medium low heat till all the liquid is absorbed.


  5. By now, the mixture will be cooked, mashed up and creamy.


  6. In the meantime, prepare your jaggery. If the jaggery is high quality one and there are no impurities, then just powder it. If not then melt it in ¼ cup of water and strain it to remove any impurities.


  7. Add the prepared jaggery to the creamy pudding and continue to cook on low flame.


  8. Once everything comes together, add the remaining ghee, crushed cardamom, soaked saffron, camphor, toasted cashews and raisins. Cook for few more minutes.


  9. Switch off and enjoy the Akkaravadisal hot for the beat taste.

Serving Suggestion

  • We don't need any side dish for Akkaravadisal. It tastes very good all by itself.
  • During pongal in Tamilnadu, Akkaravadisal is made along with a savory pongal like paal pongal (milk pongal) or ven pongal.

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