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ven pongal

  1. Ven pongal

    ven pongal is an authentic breakfast dish from Tamilnadu and is popular among all the south Indian states.


    1. Soak the rice and dal in 5 cups of water for minimum of 10 minutes.
    2. Add required salt, grated ginger and asafoetida to this mixture and pressure cook for 5 whistles. (1-2 whistles more than making regular rice)
    3. Heat ghee in a small pan, splatter cumin seeds, black pepper, curry leaves.
    4. Add this to the cooked rice dal mixture after the pressure is released.
    5. Fry the cashews in some ghee and add that too.
    6. Mix everything together even when it is still hot. The rice and dal should be partly mashed up.
    7. Ven pongal is ready to be served
    8. Variations

      • Dry roasting the moong dal or the yellow lentil prior to cooking gives additional flavor to the dish.
      • Diet watchers can replace the white rice with brown rice or any type of millet. You can also increase the proportion of moong dal.
      • You could also add vegetables like carrot, beans, spinach and green peas and make vegetable pongal.
      • Serving Ven Pongal