Monday, February 1, 2010

#1 PONGAL RECIPES - Ven Pongal Recipe - Venn Pongal - Khara Pongal Recipe

This is my follow-up post on the classic comfort food for a lot of South Indians - the Ven Pongal (Tamil) or Khara Pongal (Kannada). This is present in some form or the other in each and every part of India - in the northern parts as the Khichdi.

Ven Pongal or Khara Pongal

"Pongal ke chaar yaar - ghee, papad, raita, achar" - haha the original line had Khichdi. But this can be substituted equally well with Pongal. When we used to live in delhi - I tasted a lot of the north Indian varieties and was stuck with the similarities between Pongal and khichdi.

Serves: 4
Time to prepare: 30 minutes

Ingredients for Ven or Khara Pongal:
  • 1 cup - Rice (washed)
  • 1 cup - moong dal (aka green gram dal) - lightly roasted
  • 4 tsps - pure ghee
  • 8-10  - black pepper corns (very coarsely ground in a pestle)
  • 1" - ginger - peeled and chopped -
  • 1 sprig - curry leaves
  • 2 tsp - jeera seeds (aka cumin seeds)
  • 2-3 tsp - cashews - roasted
Ven Pongal or Khara Pongal
Method for Ven or Khara Pongal:
  1. Lightly fry the cumin seeds, pepper seeds. When done - add the ginger and keep aside - allow to cool.
  2. In a pressure cooker, cook the rice and dal together with 4 cups water - until it is mashable - 4 whistles. When done, add salt carefully, add the pepper/cumin/ginger and remaining ghee.
  3. Enjoy! Serve with any combination of dahi/raita/chips/papad/pickles!

1 comment:

  1. hi looks good will try it soon...... without sending u $10 :)


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