Ven pongal | How to make Ven pongal

By Aparna Prakash  |  9th May 2016  |  
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About Ven pongal Recipe

Deliciously satisfying, one pot meal with rice and lentils, flavored with ghee and garnished with nuts!

Ven pongal

Ingredients to make Ven pongal

  • 1/2 cup Raw rice
  • 1/8 cup moong dal
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder (optional)
  • 6-7 Whole peppercorns
  • 2 tsps Finely chopped ginger
  • 1 + 1/4 tbsp ghee
  • 2 tbsps Gingelly or cooking oil
  • salt to taste
  • cashews for garnish

How to make Ven pongal

  1. Wash the rice and dal and cook them in a pressure cooker, along with some salt, pepper, and cumin powder (if using).
  2. Cook for 6 whistles (time may vary based on rice and cooker used)
  3. Place the cooker aside, until the pressure releases.
  4. Heat a thick bottomed vessel on medium heat and add 1 tbsp ghee and oil.
  5. Add the cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Once the sizzling reduces, add the cooked rice-dal mixture and stir thoroughly. The mixture should be mashed as much as possible.
  6. Heat the ¼ tbsp ghee in a small pan, add the cashew nuts and toast for a couple of minutes. Add the toasted cashews to the mashed mixture and serve hot with coconut chutney/sambar, vada.

My Tip:

Gingelly oil adds the perfect aroma and flavor and goes perfectly with ghee.

Reviews for Ven pongal (3)

shilpa krishnamurthy3 years ago

A perfect recipe on a bad tummy day

Usha Devaraj3 years ago

when do u add ginger?

Madhuchanda Sharma4 years ago

such a nice recipe..comfort food at its best!

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