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Monday, May 7, 2012

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Ven pongal is a very easy and comfort food. Mostly in weekend mornings I make it to laze around. In contrast to Vj, Aj won’t even touch this one. I make it only with chutney if I want to make it simple. But brinjal or any sort of gothsu will be great side dish for pongal. Even tiffin sambar will be great accompaniment. But I love it both with sambar and chutney together. Having said pongal is easy job at kitchen, its tricky too to get the right consistency. I have struggled a lot to get it right. Now for only us I make it perfect, but if I need to make for more people, I am not still that confident to make it. Sometimes the pongal becomes so dry or so watery. But I have some trouble shooting ideas now if I run into trouble. Will add as notes in the bottom. A reader asked me to share the recipe and here you go Jaishree…

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Ven pongal recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Breakfast
Prep Time: 5 mins    |  Cook time: 20 mins    Serves: 4

Ingredients

Raw rice 1 cup
Moong dal/pasi paruppu 1/4 cup
Water 4 cups
Salt as needed
Ginger chopped 1 tblsp
Asafoetida 1 pinch

To temper

Ghee 2 tblsp
Pepper 2 tsp
Jeera 2 tsp
Curry leaves 1 sprig
Asafoetida 2 pinches
Cashews 5-6

 

Method

  1. An optional step is to roast the moong dal for extra flavour. Wash rice and dal together. Heat a small cooker with a tsp of ghee. Fry ginger and asafoetida for few seconds. 1-pongal
  2. Add 4 cups of water,bring to boil. Add the washed rice,dal,salt and pressure cook for 4 whistles in medium flame.Wait until pressure gets released by itself,open & mash.2-pongal 
  3. Season with the items given under to temper table. First add ghee, when hot add pepper and let it start splutter and then switch off the flame. Add cashews and fry till it starts golden and then lastly add jeera. Add curry leaves and asafoetida lastly. Mix in the heat well and then add it to pongal and mix well.
  4. 3-mix
Notes
  • If the pongal is watery when you open, then you can try keeping it again in stove and mix well until water evaporates.(only if the rice has got cooked,otherwise you can again give 2 whistles). For the given measurement, the recipe will be perfect, but still saying these for emergency/trouble shooting.
  • If it is too dry/thick then add some milk to bring it to desired consistency. Again, the rice should have got cooked properly.
  • Make sure you dont burn jeera while frying, as it changes the whole taste of pongal.
  • If you want/like pepper flavour, you can add 2 tsps of pepper coarse powder to the pongal lastly while mixing. It gives a great flavour and turns more spicy.
  • If you want, you can temper first, then add ginger and washed rice, add water and cook too. Not that the tempering has to be done at the end.
  • You can add turmeric 1/8 tsp for an ‘yellow looking” pongal.
  • One of my maamis use dalda 50% for making pongal and it tastes great, but its not advisable for health.
Serve it super hot with gothsu or chutney  as an accompaniment. I made gothsu with potato and carrot the other day and ginger chutney.

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Sending this picture I clicked while making pongal for Black and white Wednesday hosted by Siri this time.

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79 comments:

  1. hey raji,
    yummy pongal...the dollop of ghee does wonders to the taste!! lovely clicks

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  2. Very delicious Pongal..one of my most favorite brkfast when I paired wid sambar..love it 2 d core

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  3. Pongal is one of my favorite breakfast items too,but I seldom make it at home.Reason being,I like it with vada,sambhar and chutney.To make it from scratch is not something i look forward to:).Love the last pic,makes me want to reach out to my pressure cooker for making pongal:)

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  4. Pongal with vada and sambar,i can have it anytime..

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  5. One of my fav Bf recipe,looks very tempting!!mmm Vadai is missing...

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  6. pongal looks awesome n ur clicks too
    Super Yummy Recipes

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  7. My son and suresh loves pongal a lot. Nicely done and loved all the clicks ESP the black and white. Very useful tips

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  8. Nice and comfort food

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  9. Ghee melting ven pongal...cant say to this anytime. Looks very tempting!

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  10. Ghee melting ven pongal...cant say no to this anytime. Looks very tempting!

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  11. I can smell your ven pongal.... the ghee oozing out from the pongal is making me hungry ;(

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  12. Its morning here and you tempt me with all this pics, I could relish only if someone made for me. Looks delicious Raks!

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  13. looks so delicious. my mouth is watering now

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  14. Ghee pongal looks tempting,Nice clicks.

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  15. Hi Raji, I've had pongal only at friend's homes and restaurants so far and I can't wait to recreate it in my kitchen with your recipe.

    Is there a specific variety of rice you use for pongal?

    PS: The whistling pressure cooker picture is awesome.

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  16. Everybody loves this, but however I make it can never match the one that we get in our temples, yours looks very good..

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  17. pongal looks so mouthwatering

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  18. This is one of my all time favorite breakfasts!! Wish I had that plate in front of me now, its breakfast time here!

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  19. Pongal looks yummy and perfect for weekend morning when we're lazy.

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  20. Pongal looks really yummy..so mouthwatering.

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  21. Steamingpot.com: I used sona masoori rice... Thanks for your appreciation!

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  22. Awesome Raji! My fav breakfast combo is ven pongal with kattrikay gothsu, and your pictures are tempting enough to make me rush to kitchen asap.

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  23. pongal looks delicious raji :)

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  24. Pongal looks delicious. Love that cooker pic. Beautiful in black and white :)

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  25. Beautiful clicks as always, just made it yesterday, love it for Bkfast., Pongal, vada Sambhar and chutney what else do you need :)

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  26. Lovely clicks,healthy and yum pongal..

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  28. wow...perfect ven pongal...looks more tempting...lovely clicks too!!
    Spicy Treats

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  29. Yummy ven pongal!! reminds me of kovils back in home town/country... hmmm.. Like the tamizh water mark too :))

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  30. Mashy n yummy pongal, making me hungey dear...Perfectly done and luv the texture...

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  31. Gorgeous looking pongal. Lovely clicks. Somehow not able to view the B&W picture !!

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  32. Inviting pongal. Gorgeous click.

    Vardhini
    CooksJoy

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  33. Perfect and droolingggggggg.......

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  34. Lovely clicks.Very bright :)A dish that is loved by all in our family :)

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  35. Such a comfort food, I can eat hot pongal any day.

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  36. Pongal and chutney is a hot family favorite...Super click

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  37. wow yummy pongal and perfectly made it...love the pics.

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  38. Lovely looking Pongal! Love the pics too!

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  39. All time favorite with lovely picts Raji :)

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  40. My husband doesn't like gooey ven pongal so i make a drier version but this looks just heavenly and that picture of the cooker is awesome!

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  41. its so tempting dear...raji,, i have a happy news for u . My friend's wife, who got recently married , is learning to cook recipes from your blog, she loves your blog . When i met her yesterday in london , she said about your blog and felt very happy , when i told her that you are my friend through blogging . She conveyed her wishes to you and saw your profile in FB .

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  42. delicious recipe dear....wonderful presentation n gorgeous clicks !!!!!!!

    http://www.onlyfishrecipes.com/

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  43. could smell the tempting aroma here..irresistable cliks..;)
    Tasty Appetite

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  45. It is evil to make me see this after a kaya toast breakfast :( That pressure cooker shot is actually hot. Quite literally. Superb!

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  46. Hi Raji Superb hot Shot nice texture :) keep it up . Have u tried with Rava it's really yummy try and tell me .

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  47. Loved the black and white snapshot! Ven Pongla looks delicious!

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  48. the venpongal looks so good. i have only had pongal a couple of times. never made them at home. am going to give this recipe a try.

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  49. Looks so good, perfect for anytime of the day.

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  50. love your b&w pic too. lovely mood!

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  51. Love the black and white capture.. gorgeous!

    Please do drop by the fundraiser on my blog, if you have a minute, to bid, or share. I am raising funds through auction of fun goodies donated by fellow bloggers for an amazing vegan non profit in India! Thanks a bunch! http://hobbyandmore.blogspot.com/p/fundraiser-for-vspca.html

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  52. yummy pongal..............

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  53. I'm just checking the b&w picture, it did not display last time when i visited this page. The picture is too too too too too goood.....

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  54. first of all, that b&w pic of the pressure cooker is incredible... love it.the pongal looks perfect!

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  55. This is salt and mild spiced with pepper....

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  56. hi raji
    is der any specific sidedish (kozhambu) for pongal? thenga chutney is gud.......but i want its perfect hotel look. (sambar)

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  57. actually i dont know how to prepare hot pongal iam from andhra pradesh i tasted once one hotel, today i want to prepare hot pongal it's very easy and healthy light food. i like kerala foods

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    1. its orginated from TaMIL nadu
      its not kerala food

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  58. I'm going to try making this today. Is there a particular type of rice I need? Like basmati or...

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    1. Yes, raw rice (not parboiled rice) works great for this. Look for 'Sona masoori' rice. Basmati also will be nice for it. Follow the same measurement.

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  59. thanks.. it s nice............

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  60. I cooked it for today's breakfast. It came out excellent. Them aroma of the pongal when I opened the cooker was amazing. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  61. I made pongal for today's Breakfast. I came out amazing. The aroma of the pongal when I opened the cooker was great. The taste was also excellent. Thanks for sharing this. :)

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  62. Raks I must say you are absolutely brilliant chef.. Love your cooking steps and pictures.. You inspire everyone to cook and that counts as a blessing for you.. Pressure cooked my pongal. Cant wait to open it :)

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  63. Hi Raji. Pongal came out great. Please also post the gothsu recipe with potato. Thanks.

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  64. I have tried this recipe several times.. It always turns out great :)

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  65. Hello Raji,
    Made ven pongal today...Followed exactly what you have mentioned..same measurements...Pongal was cooked properly and it was gooey...But after it cools down it was dry and I dont get the glossy look like ur pongal...Where did i went wrong? I need to make like urs with ghee oozing out from it...Can u help me to get the right consistency?

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    1. After cools down if dry, reheat and add more ghee. Probably ghee or water less. Since different rice needs different water quantity.

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  66. Hi , am new user and I am following regularly !
    Must say all the recipes are coming out good.
    But I dont have a cooker, can I make this pongal in electric cooker ??
    Pls reply asap

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    1. Electric cooker makes the pongal dry and wont be moist. But sure you can try.

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  67. Hi Raji, I never ventured to prepare Venpongal as i was not confident with my preparation on all these days. But you have changed my story different with your receipe, It was very nice n delicious, thanks a lot. Chandra

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  68. Tried this today and it was fabulous. Thanks a ton!

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