Ven Pongal

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Sakkarai Pongal / Sweet Pongal


Ven Pongal is a classic breakfast dish in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu. This with medu vada is a common menu for breakfast in restaurants. It is very filling and can also be a lunch or dinner item as well.

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Recipe Facts:


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Total Time

40 min

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– Rice  – Payatham paruppu / Moong dal – Black pepper / Milagu – Cumin seeds / Jeeragam – Ginger – Ghee or oil or a mix of both – Curry leaves – Asafetida – Salt – Turmeric powder  – Cashew nuts (optional)

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– In a heavy bottom pan, roast the moong dal without any oil until it aromatic and light brown. Now add the rice as well and give it a mix. Fry until the rice is heated through. – Transfer this rice/dal mixture in a vessel that you are going to use to cook it, and wash it well.

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Steps 1-2

– Add enough water and cook it along with turmeric powder in a pressure cooker until the rice/dal is cooked very well and mushy. – Meantime, grind the black pepper and cumin seeds into a coarse powder in a spice grinder. 

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Steps 3-4

– Once the rice is cooked, mash it well with a potato masher or a heavy spoon. Heat the ghee in a pan and add black pepper, curry leaves, asafetida, ginger and cashew nuts and fry a bit. Now add the ground cumin/pepper mixture and mix well.

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Step 5

– Add the cooked rice/dal along with salt needed and mix well. Adjust the consistency by adding a little water if needed. If preferred, add a tablespoon more of ghee on top and serve steaming hot with Gothsu or Chutney.

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