Thursday, March 18, 2010

Ven pongal ( வெண் பொங்கல் )


1.Raw or Basmathi Rice - 2 cups
2.Moong Dhal - 1 cup
3.Black pepper(cracked) - 1 tbsp
4.Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
5.Ginger (Finely crushed) - 2 tbsp
6.Asafoetida(Hing) - a pinch
7.Cashew Nuts - 1 tbsp
8.Curry Leaves - few
9.Ghee - 2 tbsp
10.Salt - as reqd
11.Canola Oil - 2 tsp


1.Lightly dry roast the Rice and Dhal in the pressure pan till light golden brown. Wash the rice and dhal and keep it aside.
2.Heat little bit of oil  in the pressure pan, fry the rice and dhal for 2 minutes.
3.Then add the hot water into the pan according to your rice variety. I used Basmathi rice (1:1) , for ven pongal added extra 1 cup of water to get mash.
4.Add the crushed ginger,asafoetida,salt ,crushed pepper corns, curry leaves,cumin seeds with this rice .
5.Cook it in medium flame and leave it to boil, after the first boil stir the rice and dhal mixture from the bottom.
5.Close the lid and allow to cook for 3 whistles. After the steam got down open the lid and mash it well with the backside of the spatula.
6.Now in separate pan heat ghee and fry the cashew nuts.Pour the roasted cashew nuts into the cooked rice - dhal mixture and mix it well.
6.Serve Hot the ven pongal with coconut chutney and Sambar.
7.We enjoyed this Soft Ven Pongal with coconut chutney for our yesterday's dinner.

This delicious Ven Pongal  is going to be a part of:
Jihva- Break fast  guest hosted by Veggie platter of suma started by Indira of Mahanandi


  1. Hey Sathya, after roasting wash the dal n rice and then again roast?

  2. Uma,,, first dry roast it and then wash it,,, dry roast means before soaking in water dry rice n dry dhal.then again roast in little bit of oil just to avoid ven pongal to sticky,,

  3. Thats an easy & an delicious one for breakfast...i love pongal and long since i had it...must try your recipe soon sathya..

  4. Thanks Sushma for ur lovely comment,,,take care n keep smiling.

  5. nice..I will try sometime..other recipes r good too...

  6. Hello SathyaSridhar,

    so, Ugadi -kku Ven Pongal senjeengalaa? super super!! looks delicious with that thenga chutney...

    thank you for the wishes and my belated wishes for a Happy Ugadi to you & to all at home!!! Cheers!!!

  7. WOnderful breakfast, very comforting meal:)

  8. I love pongals! And so do urs...I'm drooling badly now! :D~~

  9. Pongal looks really good Sathya. Perfect comfort food. I was wondering what to make for dinner tonight - I think I'll make pongal now!

    Thank you for all your kindness and comments on my blog! I'm glad you are trying out malai kofta!

  10. That's a comforting breakfast Sathya..

  11. hi sathya thanx for vistng n commenting in my blog...u hv and lovely space with nice yummy recipes...loved this pongal...never tried it, vl try ur recipe soon...

  12. my fav breakfast..looks so tempting..feel like garbing that plate..:)

  13. Sathya,
    ippo pottiteenga polirukku....
    daank you very much (lOl) :), that's so kind of you!!!
    good night!!!

  14. Sathya,

    Ven pongal looks really good. i need to make some time

  15. Thanks for all your lovely compliments and comments dear,,looking forward you all often here,,,take care n keep smiling,,