Sweet rice Pongal is a popular South Indian dish made with rice, jaggery (unrefined cane sugar), and lentils. It is typically prepared during festivals and special occasions. The dish is cooked by boiling rice and lentils together until they become soft and mushy. Jaggery is then added to sweeten the Pongal, along with ghee (clarified butter), cardamom, and cashew nuts for added flavor and texture. The resulting dish is creamy and sweet, served as a dessert or breakfast item.