Sweetened Pineapple Rice. Anasi Pazham Pongal
Sweetened Pineapple Rice. Annasi Pazha Pongal.
This is my friend Farah's recipe. She is my next door neighbour back home. She was also teaching in the same school....I used to go to (years back & not to my class tho') When they moved into our neighbourhood....she was kind of excited and eager to see me. I was thrilled as well! So we both met(during my last vacation to India) nearly after 8-9 years! We were catching up old days memories. God...she remembered all my dress and shoe colors too! Amazing! Later I happen to know Farah as turned out to be a great cook(Entrepreneur, Recruiter, Guest Lecturing...what not)! When she prepared this 'Pineapple Pongal' for the Dhaawat, it was super hit that day! I felt like trying that recipe since then....so here it is!
I know what is going on in your mind right now...I didnt have much time....to transfer the contents to display vessel and do that special clicks for y'll. Had.....important engagements that day...so soon after cooking....I was rushing off!
Raw rice rawa 1 cup
Milk 4 cup
Milk Powder 1 cup
Sugar 1 cup
Pineapple finely chopped 1 cup
Pineapple essence 1-2 spoons
Saffron few strands
Cashew nuts 10 slitted
Golden Raisins 10
Dark Raisins 10
Cardamom pods 3 crushed
Ghee 1-2 cup.
Wash rice in running water several times.....or until water runs clear. Keep it aside.
Mix pineapple and sugar in a bowl and set aside.
In a cooker.....add milk and 2 cups of water. Let it boil. Then add rice to this. Cook this over medium heat....until rice comes to pongal consistency.
Now heat ghee in a wide non-stick pan. Fry cashews and followed by raisins. To the same oil add saffron and cardamom too.
Add sugar + 1 cup of water....bring this to syrup consistency. Now stir-in cooked rice and continue cooking over low-medium heat. Maybe until..rice is all soft and incorporates sweetness in it.
Remove this from heat. Now add pineapple chunks and + milk powder, pineapple essence and ghee to this.
Serve either chilled, hot or at room temeperature.