Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Khara Pongal Recipe-Ven Pongal-(Step wise pictures)

Pongal is the most simplest and easiest breakfast recipe. I do not prefer to eat pongal in hotels as they mostly use dalda. Making pongal at home is a breeze. It has just 2 steps. Cook rice and dal and then do the seasoning. Though I have posted ven pongal with easy sambar recipe here, I wanted to do a step wise recipe for beginners.Today we will learn the Tamil style of preparing khara pongal recipe.

Khara Pongal

How to make Ven Pongal (khara pongal)

Prep time - under 10 mins
Cook time -under 20 mins
Serves - 1

Ingredients needed

Raw rice - 1/2 cup
Split yellow moong dal (pasi paruppu) -1/4 cup
Cashew nuts -6-7
Salt needed

For the seasoning

Ginger finely chopped - 1 tsp
Cumin/ Jeera seeds - 1 tsp
Whole black pepper - 1 tsp
Ghee - 1 1/2 tbsp
Oil - 1 1/2 tbsp tbsp
Curry leaves - few

Preparation

Fry moong dal and rice separately until it is hot to touch. Do not over fry it.

Fry cashew nuts in a tsp of ghee and keep it aside.

Method 

Mix both rice and dal, pressure cook adding salt, 2 1/2 - 3 cups of water for 4-5 whistles.(I used old rice, so added 3 cups of water). The rice has to be cooked in such a way that it should be mushy.

Open the cooker once the pressure subsides and mash the contents well.(You can cook rice directly in the cooker also or as I have done)


Heat oil + ghee, add finely chopped ginger, saute for 2-3 seconds, then add pepper, jeera seeds, curry leaves and pour it over the rice + dal mix. Add fried cashew nuts and mix everything well. Alternatively you can add rice+dal mix to the seasoning as I have done and mix well in low flame for 2 minutes. Switch off and serve hot with sambar or gothsu or coconut chutney. 


Side dish for Pongal 

Coconut chutney 

Arachu vitta sambar 

Pongal sambar 

Idli sambar 

Instant sambar 

Brinjal Gothsu

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28 comments:

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  2. Hi Padhu, Lovely Pongal. Must have tasted great.
    Deepa

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  3. super.. 2 nd photo vil cooker kul paathirathil rice iruke appadi thaan veega vaikanuma?

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  4. my all time fav,love the stepwise neat presentation, yummy khara pongal!!!

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  5. Super recipe...looks flavorful & delicious..

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  6. Faiza kader
    You can cook rice keeping in a vessel as I have done or you can cook directly in the cooker. It is your choice.

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  7. Comforting and delicious pongal..

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  8. I even have an easier version which comes out very well. Locally I am known as the best venpongal maker. Here it is. I simply put both pasi paruppu & rice together in the pressure cooker with some salt & cook it it lets 3-5 whistles. Turn off the stove allow it to cool & then season with oil first then crushed pepper, jeera, karuveppalai & ginger paste. Add just before taking out enough ghee & fried cashews to your taste. This way it is healthier not to add too much saturated fats like ghee . This recipe Never fails me. Try it.

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  9. Hi Padhu.. Very good recipe. Being a bachelor I have tried this and it has come out well. Easy to prepare and needs less effort. I have recommended this link to many colleagues / friends.
    Last couple of times though, the rice+dal mix is becoming to sticky. (using cooker, 4-5 whistles). Not sure what I am doing wrong. I have made sure I have more water to make the mix mushy. Still the stickness persists. Any idea?

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  10. It depends on the quality of rice. Try changing the rice as certain rice are sticky.Also fry rice and dal separately before making pongal. Do not fry too much.Thanks a lot for liking my recipes.

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  11. Hello Padhu! I was looking for a quick side for pongal, so I made a hybrid of your instant and pongal sambhar. It was very tasty, and my entire family really enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing ��

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  12. your dishes are always help me lot...

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  13. Mam does we have to clean rice n pulse before fry

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  14. Chinki -You do not have to wash before frying. If there are any impurities in your dal or rice, clean it but do not wash it. Hope I made it clear for you.

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  15. Hi Padhu,

    In the first step, do we need to 'roast' rice and dal separately instead of'fry'ing? Even I was unclear about when to wash, so I just roasted and washed it before cooking in the pressure cooker.

    The pongal was perfect! Thanks for the simple recipe.

    Rashmi

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  16. wow, I like the site, there are so many quick recipes

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  17. Very good Tamil recipe..
    The best side-dish for this pongal would be "RASAM".
    first you will think how it will suits?
    But try it, then you wont eat pongal without rasam.
    Amazing combination.

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  18. Simple n delicious ....tried today came out well

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  19. I tried this recipe today and my family likes it very much. Thank Padhu for sharing receipe :)

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  20. Very easy recipe. I'm from Poland and I love south Indian cuisine. Will try this over the weekend. Thank you!

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  21. There is no nutrition in food that is cooked in a pressure cooker. Food also lacks flavor- try cooking on low heat.

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  22. This recipe is my savior when I am alone at home.I have this for lunch.thank you very much

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  23. nice recipe of pongal , i would like to join ur blog and vl b happy if u join mine too .

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