Panakarkandu Pongal by Chirama's Cooking

Palm Candy, Recipe -

Panakarkandu Pongal by Chirama's Cooking

Sweet Pongal is traditionally prepared using jaggery as a sweetener. In this recipe, I have replaced jaggery with low glycemic natural sweetener Vayal Foods Palm Candy (Panakarkandu).


Panakarkandu or Palm Candy


  • Soak Rice and Moong dal for 15 minutes.
  • In a Pressure Cooker, add 2 tbsps of ghee and roast the rice and dal for few minutes.
  • Add 2 1/2 cups of water and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles.
  • Meanwhile, add 3/4 cup to 1 cup of Palm Candy to a pan. Add 1/2 cup of water and let it boil.
  • Once the Palm Candy gets dissolved in water, filter it and add to the cooked rice.
  • Mix it well and let it cook for 5 minutes. Mash it well with the masher.
  • Fry the cashews and raisins in a tbsp of ghee and add it to the rice.
  • Add 1/2 tbsp of Cardamom powder and mix everything together.
  • Serve it hot with the drizzle of ghee.


  • The pressure cooking process can also be done in Instant Pot with Manual mode for 4 minutes.
  • Palm Candy is low in glycemic index so its good for people with diabetics and pcos.
  • Palm Candy is rich in nutrients and it is used to treat cold and cough which makes a great replacement for refined sugar. 

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