Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ven Pongal

Pongal is a filling and scrumptious one pot alternate to rice. It is a traditional breakfast item in South India. But since our family prefers only oats for breakfast, we have this for dinner. Pongal is also offered to God as Neyvedhiyam. One of the best pongals I’ve ever had is at the Nanganallur Aanjaneya Temple.

Pongal is a combination of rice and moong dal, tempered with black pepper, cumin seeds and cashews in ghee. It comes in very handy when you are out of the idli/dosa batter and are in no mood to spend a lot of time in the kitchen making roti and sabzi. This is best served with Gothsu, Sambar or Coconut Chutney.

What you’ll need:

1. Sona Masoori Rice - 1 cup
2. Split Yellow Moong Dal – ¼ cup
3. Water – 4 cups
4. Milk – ½ cup

For tempering

1. Oil – 1 tbsp
2. Ghee – 1 tbsp
3. Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
4. Black Peppercorns – 10
5. Ginger – ½ inch piece
6. Hing – a pinch
7. Cashew nuts – 8 to 10
8. Curry Leaves – a few



Method

Wash rice and dal and pressure cook them together with 4 cups of water for about 3 to 4 whistles. The rice and dal mixture should be mushy.
Pulse the pepper and cumin for just about 30 secs. Grate ginger.
Heat a Kadai with ghee and oil. Add the cashew nuts and fry till they change color. Next add the pepper -cumin seed coarse powder and hing, sauté for about ½ a minute. Next add the grated ginger and curry leaves. Fry for a minute. Mash the rice and dal well and add it to this. Add salt, ½ cup milk and mix well till the milk is almost absorbed. Ven Pongal is ready.
Serve immediately with coconut chutney, Sambar or Gothsu.

Note:

1. The Pongal should be eaten hot, else it will become hard and you will not enjoy the taste.
2. Always keep the pongal a little loose in consistency, since it will tighten as it cools. Also if you feel that the pongal is too thick, then add some hot water and mix well.

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39 comments:

Vimitha Anand said...

My hubby's favorite.. Looks so tasty...

DD said...

Yummy! flavorful and tasty!
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Vardhini said...

Hubby's favorite .. perfect with coconut chutney.


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Suja said...

Tasty and health pongal..

anthony stemke said...

This is a lovely looking dish.

divya said...

Yummy! flavorful and tasty!

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

Healthy ven pongal !!

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Padhu said...

Love to have it piping hot ! Yummy

Priya Sreeram said...

pongal looks hearty N very inviting- i so love it with gothsu

Prathima Rao said...

Hot, freshly made, delicious ven pongal!!
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hemalata said...

Delicious and healthy pongal.

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Wow this is my daughter's fav...luks really tempting.

Jay said...

one of my weakness in life...I looooooooooove this..:PP
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Prathibha said...

love this..looks delicious n yumm

jeyashrisuresh said...

perfect breakfast and i make it once in a week.adding milk will surely gve a wonderful texture

Saras said...

Looks delicious, makes me hungry dear..
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Vandana Rajesh said...

Delicious looking pongal..making me drool.

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Looks so delicious.

Vidhya said...

This looks so delicious.

aipi said...

A classic, must try your delicious version :)

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Reshmi Mahesh said...

Delicious and yummy...

Santosh Bangar said...

simple and easy to digest

Umm Mymoonah said...

It's so true that pongal is such a filling and yummy meal, looks very inviting.

sm said...

tasty healthy dish

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Yum, such simple and healthy recipe :)

Mano Saminathan said...

Looks delicious! A very nice recipe!

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Lavanya Selvaraj said...

That looks yummy... Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your lovely comments.

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Mugdha said...

Hi Kalyani,

Glad to meet you through Radhika's Blog hop...Sorry for the late response...and thanx a lott for visiting my blog..u too hav a real nice place..and this pongal looks super yummy...:)

Ambreen said...

Delicious looking dish, simple and easy :)

Neha said...

Hey kaveri...first time on your blog....Its a very nice space...Pongal looks delicious...happy to join you...Do visit me at http://muchmorethanahomemaker.blogspot.com
Cheers
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Mugdha said...

Hello Kaveri,

Sorry for my typo...

As i said b4, u really hav a nice space here...glad 2 join u..Do join me if u like my blog...tc..enjoy...:)

Uma said...

Whenever i hear or see pongal, I remember prasadam from temple. With the aroma of ghee they would be delicious.

Cheers,
Uma

Pushpa said...

Heavenly and delicious pongal.

Now Serving said...

perfect picture of a huge favorite in our home!!! makes me hungry Kaveri!!!

Sharmilee! :) said...

This is my anytime fav for breakfast...looks perfectly done

Mehjabeen Arif said...

Ooh.. Pongal is such a comfort food for me.. love them with coconut chutney..

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Indie.Tea said...

Sounds like a great way to start the day. Yum!

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