This is the week of devotion and dedication to Attukal Amma. The Pongala payasam is the offering made to the Devi.
Some of you may not be aware how simple it is to make the Pongala. Here is how.
Wash the rice and put to cook in required quantity of water. The idea is to over cook slightly. The rice will harden when the other ingredients are added. So slightly overcook the rice.
Remember to keep stirring while the rice cooks. This will prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the vessel. While the rice is cooking mix and melt sharkkara (jaggery). The quantity depends on how sweet you want the payasam to be! Add, as much as needed, constantly tasting the sweetness while adding.
To this add grated coconut and continue stirring. Cook this mixture for about 15 to 20 minutes. There should be just a little bit water left in the cooking mixture. If the rice is too dry by the time it is cooked and ready for the jaggery, just add some more hot water. Add enough jaggery to meet the sweetness you desire.