Sakkarai means "Sugar" in Tamil emphasizing the sweetness of this lentil-rice pudding where traditionally Jaggery is used instead of sugar. Versions using plain sugar and sugar candy are also available.Unlike Pongal
it is not something which is made often in the South Indian household, except during "Harvest Festival"
when this is a mandatory dish.It is mostly used as "Prasadam" (offering to God which is later distributed to the devotees) in Indian
Temples and the taste of this dish is unparalleled esp. when made at Temples - mostly thanks to Ghee, me thinks :) I have been "looked down" upon by many of my family members and friends , including my better half, for not liking this dish! People can't comprehend how I can not like such a yummy and rich sweet
. I have no precise reason but I sure don't prefer this "Outcast" treatment either!:):) The last 3-4 times that I made this traditional delicacy, I have come to realize that, may be, I have started to like it after all :)