Monday, June 15

Ven Pongal


Rice- 1 cup
split/yellow moong dal- 1/2 cup
cashews-a few broken into small pieces or halved
cumin-seeds- 1tsp
pepper- 1 tsp
green chillies- 1slited
ginger - a small piece chopped finely
asafoetida- a couple of pinches
curry leaves- a few
salt to taste
ghee- 1 tbsp


Dry roast the dal lightly for a couple of minutes till a nice aroma comes and set aside. Be careful not to turn it brown.
Heat oil and ghee in a pressure cooker and when hot add the cashews,pepper, cumin, ginger,green chilli ,curry leaves and asafoetida. Keep in a low flame and make sure nothing gets burnt.
Add the dal and the washed rice to it and then add 4 cups of water . Check salt and pressure cook it. ( As we add more water for this , most of the time the water overflows . To avoid this I follow this method: partly cover with a lid, turn on high flame and let it boil. After some time when the rice , dal and water are in even consistency ,close with a lid. When steam comes add weight and simmer for 15 minutes.)
When the steam subsides completely,open the cooker and mix it well so that it gets mashed lightly.
Serve hot with sambar or coconut chutney.


You can pressure cook the dal and rice and then do the seasonings finally too.


Kalai said...

I've just been thinking that it's been so long since I made pongal. You are totally making me crave it now! Nice one, Prema! :)

Raks said...
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Raks said...

Yes,till now I suffer when I make pongal as it always overflows,2 days back when I made u know it overflowed and the ghee in the pongal made catch fire little !!!
Thanks for the idea :) Looks so soft and moist too:)

Parita said...

Pongal looks perfect, i could have that bowl now!

Finla said...

Looks yumm.

lubnakarim06 said...

Oh wow that's an awesome and comfort bowl......looks yum...

cookerybook said...

hi prema,
i tried ur toast with oats. it was too good. also it is very easy and quick to prepare. my 3year old son liked it very much. like this oat recipe, do u have any other easy and fast making healthy recipes for breakfast or lunch...for breakfast esp.
can i get ur mail id please..i really like ur recipes.

Unknown said...

Your idea to avoid overflowing of water worked out very well for me. Thanks for the wonderul idea. Pongal came out excellent.

Jayashree said...

The quintessential tamilnadu dish.....I love to pongal chutney +vadai at restaurants.

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Looks so yumm and so comforting and tasty breakfast with vada sambar and chutney

AMIT said...

That is very good recipe.

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Raajiv Sai said...

Hi Prema,

What is one cup equivalent in ml or oz?

Please let me know

savitha said...

pongal is a regular with us on saturday, its healthy and yummy and my son loves it with sambar.

Unknown said...

I like vegan foods, thanks for hosting this Ven Pongal recipe.

Unknown said...

Wonderful blog & good post.Its really helpful for me, awaiting for more new post. Keep Blogging!

How to prepare ven pongal

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