Madurai Meenakshi Temple Prasadam Gudannam, also known as Nei Pongal, is a traditional sweet dish offered as prasadam (holy offering) at the famous Madurai Meenakshi Temple in Tamil Nadu, India. It is made by cooking a mixture of rice, moong dal, jaggery and ghee, along with cardamom and other ingredients. Here is a recipe to make it:
- 1 cup raw rice
- 1/2 cup moong dal
- 1/2 cup jaggery
- 1/4 cup ghee
- 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
- 2 cups of water
- Salt, a pinch
- Rinse the rice and moong dal and soak them in water for about 20 minutes.
- In a heavy bottom pan, add ghee and roast the rice and moong dal until they turn golden brown.
- Add water, salt, cardamom powder and bring it to a boil.
- Reduce the heat, cover it with a lid and let it simmer until the rice and dal are cooked and all the water is absorbed.
- Add the jaggery and mix it well until it is dissolved.
- Cook it for a couple of minutes until it becomes thick and creamy.
- Serve the Madurai Meenakshi Temple Prasadam Gudannam hot or warm as a dessert or as a snack.
Note: You can adjust the quantity of jaggery as per your taste and preference. And also you can add some chopped nuts like cashews or raisins to enhance the flavors.