Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ven Pongal

Ven pongal is spicy pongal (sakkarai pongal is the sweet dish). This is very famous in south India. Specially in T.N. In the month of January there is pongal festival which is celebrated with great pomp and joy. Ven pongal is usually served at breakfast along with thick coconut chutney and sambar. I simply love this as its very nutritious (it contains rice, moong dal). Here goes the recipe...

Rice - 3 cups
moong dal - 1 cup
water - 8 cups
salt for taste

For the seasoning:
Ghee - 4 tbsp
Black peppercorns - 3 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tbsp
Cashew nuts - 6 nos
Curry leaves - 1 stalk

Cook the dal and rice together along with salt for taste and water in a pressure cooker up to 1 or 2 whistles or till its done. In a tadka pan, heat ghee and splutter black peppercorns, cumin seeds, curry leaves, and cashew nuts . when the cashew nuts turn very light brown, turn off the flame and do the seasoning on the cooked rice and dal. Mix well, garnish with cashew nuts (optional). Serve hot along with coconut chutney and sambar.

Do not mix before seasoning as the pongal would become sticky and the seasoning will be concentrated in one area.


  1. Pongal looks yummy..seems a very flavorful pongal..Nice clicks
    heard about this but never had a chance to taste..will try this now..
    Thanks dear for the recipe

  2. Thanks Suja :) You must taste it , Its one awesome thing that I have ever tasted. Its delicious with thick chutney and sambar :) The good carbs and protiens from dal and rice, nutrition from the veggies in sambar, the tasty chutney, can't expect anythin better... This is one complete meal. Power packed breakfast :)

  3. Perfect south indaian to grab the plate.Too gud....

  4. Yummy pongal..have tasted this many times, but never tried making at home.

  5. Wow, that's too good. Nice colour.
    sorry was a bit busy in office, so could not visit ur blog. How is Abidjan doing?/ How is the weather there?
    My dad was telling about a green dal curry that the staff made for him in Abidjan. He said it was nice. Do u know this Ivorian dish.?

  6. Haiii Rach,,,ven pongal nalla seithurukeenga...neenga entha ooru paa..

  7. Ohhh Coorg,,,coorg coffee gyabagam varuthu paa,,,Appo neenga ippo Chennai kaara ponnu..naan Tirupur coimbatore pakkam..

  8. Hi rach, am fine, will be going tonight so will chat with you after i go back...thanks for your wishes...ven pongal looks yum...i didnt get the update so i couldnt comment

  9. Apdiye karpooram maathiri puduchitengalae,,,correct Tirupur na textiles...Even me dont drink coffee dear stopped it now its been 2 yrs..

  10. Okay,,, appo nalla coffee estate la enjoy panuvengalae... in Pollachi we hv been to tea estate.Our family friend got tea estate in valparai, Pollachi.

  11. Sorry dear,,, then carry on ur work first we can meet later..Enjoy ur weekend..

  12. Nice blog. Good recipe collections. I love ven pongal. Your preparation looks too gud. Happy blogging and keep posting :)

  13. Thanks Life is beautiful :)

  14. my favorite pongal, perfect breakfast for weekends

  15. WOW...thats looks so tempting Rach...never had this!


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