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Coconut milk sweet pongal

Coconut milk sweet pongal in instant pot. Can easily made in pressure cooker too. Quick video step by step photos.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4


  • 1/2 cup Jeeraga samba rice or any raw rice
  • 2 tbsp moong dal paasi paruppu
  • 1/2 cup Sugar or 3/4 cup jaggery powder
  • 1/2 cup light Coconut milk 2nd milk
  • 1/4 cup Thick coconut milk 1st milk
  • 1 & 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp ghee or more as needed
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 Cardamom powdered
  • 1 pinch Nutmeg powder optional


  • Heat Instant pot in Saute mode, Normal heat for 5 mins.
  • Add ghee, roast cashews until pale golden in colour. Tip in raisins and saute until it bloats.
  • Tansfer and set this aside in a small bowl.
  • Wipe or wash the pot if there are black residues from the roasted items.
  • By now, 5 mins timer will be over. Again Press Saute in Normal heat for 5 mins.
  • Dry roast moong dal until golden.
  • Add water, coconut milk to it.
  • In goes washed rice. Add salt.
  • Cancel saute mode. Press Rice mode, choose High pressure. (15 mins)Once done, Quick release the steam.
  • Mash well. Add thick coconut milk, sugar and mix it.
  • Start the Instant pot again in Saute mode, Normal heat for 5 mins.
  • Add powdered cardamom, nutmeg. Keep mixing as now the pongal might easily get stuck at the bottom.
  • Once pongal bubbles, cancel Saute mode, garnish with the nuts & raisin with ghee.


  • I pressure cooked for 15 mins just to make sure it is cooked properly after quick release. You can do the same in Normal heat too in 12 mins.
  • After mashing the rice, please be careful as it might get easily stuck.
  • I used ready made coconut milk, for 1/2 cup light coconut milk, I took just 3 tbsp of coconut milk and diluted with water.
  • Depending on the rice quality (nature) the pongal texture might vary. If you want a loose texture, add hot water after mashing the rice as needed.
  • This given ratio becomes thicker as it gets cooled.
  • To extract coconut, milk, place 1 cup fresh grated coconut in a mixie. Add 2 tbsp of warm water. Grind and squeeze the milk. Reserve this as thick milk. For thin milk, add 1/4 cup warm water, grind once again to collect the milk. Top with water to dilute to make 1/2 cup.