Monday, December 05, 2005


Venn Pongal

I haven’t made pongal for a long time. Thinking of what to do for dinner? Takes away most of my time. Most of the time I end up making Dosa or Idly. For change I made pongal for dinner. I learned this recipe from my mom.

  • 1 cup Rice
  • 1 cup Moong Dal
  • 1tsp Ginger
  • 1tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Pepper corns
  • 4-5 Curry leaves
  • Ghee 2tsp
  • 31/2 cup Water
  • 2-3 tsp Cashews
  • 1 tsp Salt

Clean and wash the moongdal and rice. In a pressure cooker, add 2-3tsp of oil, cumin, pepper corns, cashews and sauté them for a minute. Now add the ginger, curry leaves and sauté them altogether. Add the rice, moongdal, water and salt to the cooker. In a medium heat, cook until 1 whistle comes up. Remove from the heat after 1 whistle. Wait until release of the pressure of the cooker. Open the pressure cooker, add the ghee and mix them together. Serve hot with smabhar and chutney.


Blogger Swamy VKN said...

This looks fantastic Priya - the Venn Pongal of Kovai, Tamil Nadu from California. Wow! I have read many of your comments at Mahanandi. Welcome you to the blog club. I have already liked to my monster list of Indian food bloggers. Cheers!

3:40 AM   Edit
Blogger Swamy VKN said...

I mean "linked" - for spelling police :-)

3:42 AM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Thanks vkn for your nice words. I just added my favourite links in my blog.

12:29 PM   Edit
Blogger Shammi said...

Pongal looks yum!

2:19 PM   Edit
Blogger Mamatha said...

Hi Priya, nice blog. Here's a tip - use 1 cup of milk and 2 1/2 cups of water - makes the pongal taste like its ccoked in ghee.

10:35 AM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

hey faffer that is something new to me, Will try for sure next time.

11:17 AM   Edit
Blogger Deepak Vasudevan said...


Thank for this valuable post.Pongal is really nice and easy too cook for newbies to kitchen stuff. I have discussed in brief about it over here.

1:09 PM   Edit
Blogger Deepak Vasudevan said...


As I mentioned in my previous comment in your blog post, your Venn Pongal again helped in Tamil New Year (Sarvajit) 2007 too. I have discussed this here.

I wish you a 'Happy Tamil New Year 2007' too and would love to see more recipes for me to try out. :)

4:44 PM   Edit

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