March 22, 2013

Pongal / Ven-Pongal

              There is a small hotel in Sowcarpet area in Chennai named "Krishna Prasad". The line for dosa, idli and pongal on Sundays reach the end of the street.. North Indians in Sowcarpet lineup for parcel. My family also fell for the pongal from that hotel. We die for that pongal and Katti chutney because no where else it tastes sooooooo good.  Infact this time when I went for my vacation, my dad woke up early on Sunday morning and rushed to buy that pongal for me. 



              My mom never gets this recipe right, she always ends up making it like parippu sadam.  After my marriage, my MIL taught me to prepare pongal. And when I taught my mom the same, she was so happy that she is getting it perfect now :). This is a very healthy dish for kids too.


             


Ingredients:

Raw Rice / Pacharisi - 1 cup (i use biriyani rice / sonamasoori rice - both works well)
Moong dal - 1/4 cup
Ginger - 1 Inch sized (finely chopped)
Curry leaves - 5 no's
Cashew nut - 10 no's
Whole pepper corn - 1-1/2 teaspoon
Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Ghee - 1 tablespoon
Oil - 1-1/2 teaspoon
Asafoetida - 1/2 teaspoon
Water - 3 cups

Method:
  • Wash rice and dal(until clear water runs) and soak them for 10 minutes.


  • Heat oil and ghee together, add ginger and saute for few seconds.


  • Add Curry leaves, Cashewnut, Pepper corn, Cumin seeds, Asafoetida and saute till cashew roasts.


  • Now add water with salt and let the water boil.


  • Add rice, mix well, check for salt and let it boil again.


  • Once water starts boiling after adding rice, close the cooker and pressure cook upto 3 whistles.


  • Open the cooker when the pressure is down and mix well(Mash them with back side of your laddle if it doesn't look mashed)


  • One pot meal - Pongal is ready to serve with hot Sambar or Chutney.


Note:
  • We can dry roast rice and dal and then add to pressure cooker when water boils.
  • Water requirement is 1:2(for 1 cup rice its 2 cups of water), and then always add 1 extra cup for any number of rice measurements you take.
  • We can use ghee / oil depending on your choice.
  • We can also roast cashew in the end and add that finally after pongal is cooked.
  • We can adjust water requirement according to the cooking consistency of rice used as it varies.



Am Happy to link this to Hasna's event...



42 comments:

  1. My MIL makes best venpongal. Though my mom makes it well I still stick to MIL's recipe because it is easy to whip up. Looks yumm and probably we might eat this for our breakfast tomorrow.

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    1. Thank you radhi.True MIL's are best with pongal i hope ;)...enjoy ur breakfast tomorrow.

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  2. nice clicks divya.. i like pongal with sambar..

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  3. lovley pongal and nice clicks, Divya

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  4. perfect and delicious...

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  5. Love to start my day with this beautiful dish, filling breakfast.

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  6. yummy and tempting ven pongal . will not mind to finish the plate dear :P my fav :) looks so very delicious with awesome clicks :)

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  7. my colleague has been wanting to order this for me when we are in the office, unfortunately the tamil restaurants dun serve this during weekdays, dunno why!!! i'm going to try this, but i'm confused, this looks like lunch to me!!! :)

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    1. Thank you rafee...i felt the same when i tasted this for the first time like lunch...but this is a breakfast menu in tamilnadu...i love to intake them like brunch...

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  8. I love this one.. Absolutely heavenly.. It always makes me feel very drowsy after eating this heavy breakfast :)

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    1. Thank you chitz...i know they call pongal as "Thooka mathirai" - means sleeping tablet ;)

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  9. Delicious and fulfilling pongal.
    Deepa

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  10. We have pongal in restaurants and have loved it...my son loves it too..last weekend when we were having it, i promised to find the recipe and try it at home..i am bookmarking this..your's looks yummy!

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    1. Thank you asha....will be very happy if you try them and let me know

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  11. Lovely and I have to say that its better than those in restaurants. Tempted and the pics are amazing.

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  12. Lovely pongal, Divya!! I am your new follower. Do follow/visit my blog at-http://www.rita-bose-cooking.com/

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    1. Thank you rita for stopping by....you have a lovely space too....happy to follow you back

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  13. Sounds so delish Divya. Never had this. Must try it out sometime soon :)

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  14. I never had pongal in my life... have seen this in many blogs... nw its high time.. wonderful space Divya!! happy to follow u

    wud like to have this recipe fr my event, if u lik

    Ongoing Event- Mummy Ka Magic

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    1. Thank you for stopping by hasna....i would love to link it to your event...you have a lovely space too...happy to follow you back

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  15. Delicious venpongal, Love that is is cooked in pressure cooker.

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  16. wow nice click and yummy recipe...

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  17. looks yummy... first visit to ur blog... glad to follow u..
    http://kitchendelicacies.blogspot.in/

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    1. Thank you preethi for stopping by. you have a lovely space...happy to follow you back

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  18. My family favorite Divya.. Looks delicious and yummy.. Delectable pics dear :-)

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