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Ven Pongal ~ My style

Ven Pongal / Kara Pongal is a luxury to me that is quite rich and flavored, a delicacy that is fit for the Royals. But this is a staple dish in most South-Indian homes and in our house-hold this is a favorite to both fathers (Dad & Appa -FIL). Apart from both father's celebrating their birthday's on the same day, they also share the similar love for Ven Pongal.

After marriage, during the busy hours of the morning when I try to juggle between cooking breakfast and lunch, my Appa (FIL) would peep in the kitchen to check what's for breakfast and every week he'd ask the same question - "Ennaiku tiffennukku enna pongal ah" (Are you making Ven pongal for breakfast?) and this is a hint to me that he is on a Pongal mode so my answer would either be yes or no, but if its no the subsequent day He gets his Pongal for sure. 

Although there are many versions to the pongal recipe, I love my own and I usually plate it with a tsp of ghee on top so that each of us get our portion of ghee :-) 

Prep &Cook time ~ 20 mins (1 hr for soaking)
Serves ~ 2 people (generous portion)


Split Moong Dal - 1/2 cup
Raw rice - 1 cup
Water to boil - 3 1/2 cup
Pepper cons - 1 tsp
Spring of curry leaves
Hing/ Asafoetida - generous pinch
Ghee - generous tbsp
Ghee - 1 tsp for frying cashew
Cashew - broken in halfs 8-10

  • First wash the dal & rice for 2-3 times in water, drain and soak the rice and dal for atleast an hr before cooking. Once done in a pressure cooker cook it for 4-5 whistles with salt and hing until they are soft and mushy
  • In a skillet add ghee and pop the peppercorns, little more hing and curry leaves, add this to the boiled rice and dal. In the same skilled add some more ghee and fry the cashew until brown and add them to the above
  • Now give it a good mix and plate it, topping with some ghee (optional)
Serve hot with coconut chutney and sambar. 

Click here to get the recipe for coconut chutney
Click here to get the recipe for sambar


-make sure that the dal and rice are mushy cos they taste well that way
-you could also grind the peppercorns coarsely and add for more flavor and good use of the peppercorns
-use ghee according to your own liking, using butter may not be in equal power to the dish
-you could also use some sumin/jeera along with peppercons


  1. I love this dish. lookstempting. I agg in carrots also...nice clicks.

    1. My fav too, adding carrots to pongal? so new to me :-)

  2. My hubby loves this... Looks delish

  3. My favourite. Looks delicious.

  4. Priya seriously this looks yum!! delectable pics dear :)

  5. pongal looks yum.... have it a lot here in Chennai, but never tried it out. this recipe looks great!

    1. Oh Swati you must try this its yum, thanks for the compliment

  6. Che ricetta invitante!!!!!
    Un bacio grande!!!

  7. Ven pongal looks so yumm and delicious.

  8. The pics are stunning,tempts me a lot,real comfort dish.

  9. Thanks for stopping by at my space and your lovely have a wonderful space,glad to follow you dear...BTW pongal looks so yum...

    1. Thanks Nalini, hope you had a great time here :-)

  10. Pongal looks delicious with a perfect consistency, such a comfort meal.

  11. Pongal;chutney with medu vada,i can die for it..beautifully done.

  12. my most favourite breakfasttt:) nice clicks


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