Friday, March 19, 2010

Ven Pongal

Another from my dad’s favorite list. As for me I like the thirumala thirupathi’s ven pongal.

Ven pongal is a common south Indian recipe used for breakfast in south Indian homes.

Rice – 1 cup, moong dhal – 1 cup, Ghee, water – 6 cups, salt, cahshew nuts, black peppercorns – 2tsp, finely chopped ginger/ginger paste 1tsp, cumin seeds -1tsp and curry leaves

>> Wash rice and moong dhal, drain the water and keep it aside
>> In a pan (nonstick pan) add 4tsp ghee and fry the rice and moong dhal for 2 to 3 min
>> To this add salt and water and let it cook
>> In another pan fry cashew nuts in ghee. Remove the cashew nuts and keep aside.
>> In the same pan fry pepper corns, ginger paste, cumin seeds and curry leaves.
>> Add these and the fried cashews to the cooked rice and dhal and mix well. Serve with coconut chutney/sambar/sugar.
Pongal ready :)

Note: Use ghee generously to prepare pongal ;)


  1. Ven Pongal is a favourite too:) You must be having very good presentation skills!