January 10, 2018

Watermelon Sweet Pongal

After posting so many recipes using watermelon rind in the past, here comes an interesting tasty Pongal recipe using rice, demerara sugar and watermelon rind. The rice is cooked along with grated rind in a watermelon juice and water. Then, demerara sugar is added to the Pongal along with the fried nut and raisins. This unique Pongal is a brilliant way to use the rind of watermelon instead of throwing it and indeed it gives as delicious taste. Regular refined sugar or jaggery can also be used as the substitute of demerara sugar.

Ingredients :

1/4 Cup Rice 
1/4 Cup Watermelon Rind, grated 
1/2 Cup Demerara Sugar 
1 Cup Watermelon Juice 
1 Cup Water 
2 Tbsp Ghee
5 Cashews
7 Raisins
1 Elachi, Crushed 

Method :

Wash and cook rice along with watermelon rind using water and watermelon juice.

Once the rice and rind get cooked, add Demerara sugar and cook until the sugar melts and gets a Pongal consistency.

Meanwhile, heat ghee in a small pan and add cashews followed by raisins and elachi.

Fry them and add it to the prepared Pongal.

Serve hot.

Note : 

Cook the rice in a low flame and keep stirring.

Increase the quantity of ghee to enhance the flavor.


  1. Hi Priya, this looks like a goodie. Please bring this on over to Food on Friday: January so everyone can see it. Cheers from Carole's Chatter