Vegan-gluten-free, hazel nut sakkarai pongal

No. I do not have allergies! But yes! Am vegan non-the-less.

Originally sakkarai pongal when made with one part milk and one part water to cook rice and lentils(green gram dal) in was the creamiest i have had so far.

After I made the shift to a vegan diet I have been meaning to come up with the best alternative. I made it yesterday and it was yumm!

One cup of par-boiled millets (kudiraivali puzhungal soaked over night.

Half a cup of lentils (green gram dal without skin) soaked for fifteen minutes

15 hazel nuts

Two teaspoons of shredded coconut

Two teaspoons of raisins

Five dates, cut into small cubes

1.5 cups of jaggery powder

Half a teaspoon of salt

2 cardamoms broken

Two cloves powdered

Wash the millet and strain. Boil 1.5 cups of water. Add millet and let it simmer till cooked.

Combine jaggery with half a cup of water, add clove powder and cardamoms and heat it till it dissolves.

Add this to the millet once cooked and let it simmer.

Make a creamy paste out of the soaked hazelnuts and pour it in once the jaggery is well blended.

Top with grated coconut and dry fruits just before switching the stove off!

Give it a table spoon of ghee and..

Voila!

Eat it with salty banana chips 😃😃

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