This is a sweet prepared only during the "Mattu Pongal", when we used to do pooja for our "Veetu Theivam"(family GOD hehehe). From the morning, we will be preparing only tiffin items for breakfast and lunch. Will start cooking only in the evening. We will do a heavy menu for the offering, which will the standard items every year. This sweet will surely be a part of the menu and this will be the last preparation. We will do the pooja only after 10pm in the night, have dinner after pooja and we will wear the new pongal dress after that only. But being an atheist, me and my chithi(who is also from an atheist family) will taste everything on time, before pooja. After all these hungama, "swamy ther" (Chariot) will come and we will offer this sweet to that god or goddess (i don't know as I will be almost sleeping on that time every year and get scoldings the next day morning). Stories aside, here comes the recipe
Rice - 1 cup
Jaggery - 1 1/2 cup
Ghee - 5 tbsp
Cashew - few
Raisins - few
Cardamom - 3
Coconut scrapped - 2 tbsp
In a kadai roast the rice, till it becomes puffed.
Cool it and grind it in a mixer. It will become like rice semolina.
Heat a 1 tsp of ghee and roast the cashew and raisins and keep it aside.
In the left over ghee, add the coconut and roast till golden brown. Keep it aside.
In that kadai, add the jaggery and 4 cups of water. When it starts boiling, add the rice semolina and mix well, without forming lumps.
keep on mixing as you do for halwa. Till it becomes thick enough.
It is usually served ball shaped while offering to god and for us in a bowl with a spoon ;)