Ven Pongal or Khara Pongal

imageVen Pongal or Khara Pongal – easiest and safest food for people of all age groups. Njoy Cooking, Serving and Savouring!


Rice: 1 cup

Moong dal: 1/3-1/2 cup

Salt : as required

Jeera/ cumin seeds: 1 tsp


Ghee: 1 1/2 tbsp

Cashews: 7-8

Mustard seeds: 1 tsp

Jeera: 1 tsp

Whole black pepper : 1 tsp

Ginger: 1 inch piece( finely chopped)

Method of preparation:

1. Dry roast Moong dal and Rice separately for two minutes or until they turn hot and transfer them in a pressure cooker.

2. Add 4 1/2-5 cups (Usually I use old rice so I prefer 5 cups of water) of water and 1/2 tsp cumin seeds (to enhance the flavour) and pressure cook for 3 – 4 whistles.

3. Allow the pressure to cool down and remove the lid slowly. Mix thoroughly till the cooked dal and rice mixture becomes mushy. Add required amount of salt.

4. Now in a small pan pour ghee, add mustard seeds once it pops out add jeera, cashews, curry leaves and ginger and fry for a minute. Add whole black pepper too and pour this onto Pongal.POngal 1

Now the Ven Pongal is ready to be served hot with coconut chutney.Pongal 2


1. Usually I use old rice and for 1 cup of rice I prefer 1/3 cup moong dal for better taste .

2. While adding pepper few pepper I add before while cooking rice and remaining pepper either I crush them or add it as a whole to tempering. The idea of adding pepper before cooking is to consume them directly.

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