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Friday, January 7, 2011

Ven Pongal-Ven Pongal with sambar

Ven pongal is a very popular and famous breakfast of Tamil Nadu . It is a very simple and an easy recipe which can be done in a jiffy. It tastes great with coconut chutney, sambar and arachuvitta sambar. Now that Pongal falls on the 15th of this month, many will be preparing both sakkarai pongal and ven pongal. I have already posted the recipe for sakkarai pongal, so here I am with the Ven pongal recipe. I have earlier posted a quick sambar recipe which goes well with pongal, idli, vadai and dosa. Today I am sharing another sambar recipe which also goes well with ven pongal .They both are made for each other.

Ven Pongal
Ven Pongal Recipe

Ingredient needed

Raw rice - 1 cup
Moong dal - 1/2 cup
(green gram dal-the split yellow variety-pasi parupu)
Water -5 cups

Ginger - 1 inch piece finely chopped
Whole black pepper -1 1/2 tsp
Cumin/jeera seeds -1 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - little
Oil -1/4 cup
Ghee - 2 1/2 tbsp
Salt as required
Cashew nuts - 5-7

ven pongal recipe
Preparation

Dry roast rice and dal separately till it becomes slightly hot. Do not fry till dal changes color.

Wash and pressure cook rice+dal together with 5 cups of water, adding salt and a tsp of oil. I have used old rice, if you are using new rice, add 4 cups of water.The quantity of water differs according to the type of rice used.The point to be noted is - the rice should be cooked in such a way that it should be mushy. Mash it well and keep it aside. Check for salt. If needed, add and mix it well.

Roast cashew nuts in a little ghee and keep it aside.

Slightly crush half of pepper and jeera - or grind half of it in the blender just for a second.You can even add as such but I prefer to crush half of it slightly and add the remaining as such.

Method

Heat ghee + oil in a pan/kadai , add pepper + jeera , saute for a few minutes, then add finely chopped ginger and curry leaves.

Add the above to the mashed rice and mix well.

Garnish with cashew nuts and serve hot with sambar or coconut chutney.

Sambar for Pongal

This is a very simple and quick sambar which goes well with pongal.

Ingredients needed

Onion -2
Tomato -2
Moong dal - 1/4 cup

Vegetables - 1 medium sized brinjal, 1 potato and 1 carrot.
Sambar powder - 1 tsp
Salt as required
Oil -2 tsp

For the seasoning

Hing/asafoetida-1/4 tsp
Mustard -1 tsp
Urad dal -3/4 tsp
Curry leaves -little

Pongal with sambar
Preparation

Chop all the vegetables including onion and tomato finely. Wash and peel the skin of carrot and potato and then chop finely.

Take a pressure pan, add chopped carrots, potato, brinjal, moong dal and pressure cook for 3 whistles.Keep aside.

Method

Heat 2 tsps of oil in a pan, add the ingredients mentioned under seasoning in the same order.

Then add finely chopped onions, saute till it becomes transparent, now add the tomatoes and cook till tomatoes become mushy.

Add sambar powder, pressure cooked vegetables + dal mix, needed salt, 1 cup of water and boil for 5-10 minutes.

Garnish with coriander leaves.

This sambar should be watery, so adjust water accordingly.

Serve Ven pongal hot with sambar.

Meet you all again with another interesting recipe, till then it is bye from Padhu of Padhuskitchen.

45 comments:

  1. So cute face...ven pongal is so healthy :)

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  2. tasty pongal and delicious sambar recipe padhu..

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  3. I love the way you present your dishes. Both pongal and sambhar looks delicious.

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  4. Venpongal and sambar looks delicious. Padhu

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  5. lovely and tasty braekfast presentation with faces are ery nice

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  6. Very cute looking tasty pongal Padhu. Sambar Rice looks very inviting too.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  7. Great combo and looks delicious, love that pretty faces too...

    http://treatntrick.blogspot.com

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  8. so cute face..lovely presentation...so healthy dish!

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  9. My all time favourite venpongal,lovely and cute presentation..

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  10. Such acute presentation and delicious pongal.

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  11. Nice recipe..reminds me of my chennai times..Wish u n ur family happy & prosperous 2011!!

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  12. Love the cuties and the Venn Pongal..Time to make it soon..

    Gayu
    http://ensamayalarangam.blogspot.com

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  13. Hearty and healthy meal... love the pongal bunnies :)

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  14. Cute pongal looks very delicious. Happy New Year!

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  15. that's my favourite....my mom makes it damn well...luv it!!!....cute pics:)

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  16. healthy pongal.....nice presentation....

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  17. WOW THAT LOOKS SO CUTE AND DELICIOUS

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  18. Hi! And thanks for stopping at STB! Ven pongal used to be a staple when I was growing up at mom's. Must try making it myself! Never ate it with sambar though, that's new!

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  19. Love this combo....
    looks delicious dear :)

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  20. Lovely combination & my family all time favorite too....Thanks for stopping at my page...

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  21. love your presentation,its really a great talent.

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  22. Wow, this looks so scrumptious

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  23. I have never had anything like this. It sounds delicious and I would love to try it. I love the cute characters you shaped it into. This would be so great for kids:)

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  24. very cute,kids will love this for sure

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  25. Love your presentation and the dish.

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  26. A healthy pongal for dhanur masam and a good heavy breakfast for good health..

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  27. Cute faces of bear, bunny and duck... healthy and delicious combo.

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  28. wow cute presentation and yummy pongal

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  29. Dear padhu
    How are you?
    Thanks for this nice recipe. I love pongol and going to try it in a day or two.
    Let me see what dishes I have missed
    Have a nice week

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  30. Padhu, wish you and your family happy and prosperous new year....Loved the little cute creatures...

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  31. yUMMY PONGAL AND SUCH A LOVELY PRESENTATION pADHU...

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  32. Good Presentation... :)
    I love this recipe..

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  33. that is a neat presentation with wonderful recipe...

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  34. That makes me nostalgic! SO reminds me of India. thanks for sharing!

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  35. Your receipe as very helpfull.thank uuuiiuuiu

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  36. Deivame you r really helping for ppl living abroad who is dying for south indian food.. Thanks a lot

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  37. hi padhu one of my friend name is padhu. i love all ur dishes and the way u present it. very cute and lovely

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  38. Padhu thanks a lot my lover impressed she loves me now.... thank u a lot I loving it....pongal vazhga

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  39. Thanks for your recipe.. i tried same.. pongal and sambar... it gives me amazing taste.... Thanks once again...

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  40. Thank you for the super easy recipes....simple yet yummy!!!

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  41. Wonder If I can use par-boiled rice.. I am going to try that. And how about brown rice?

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