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Ven Pongal

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Ven Pongal is a rice dish prepared in South India and is often served as a breakfast item.

Ven Pongal is a popular breakfast dish across South India made with rice and moong dal. It is a staple dish made during the harvest festival of Pongal. Most South Indian restaurants serve pongal & vada combo as one of the breakfast items on their menu. Ven Pongal goes well with sambar, coconut chutney or kathirikkai gojju.

Not only for breakfast, this dish is equally good for lunch and can be made in less than 30 minutes. Try this recipe below and make this dish at home today.

Ven Pongal


Ven Pongal
4.50 from 4 votes

Ven Pongal

Ven Pongal is a rice dish prepared in South India and is often served as a breakfast item.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: South Indian


  • 500 g Raw Rice
  • 250 g Moong Dal
  • 50 g Cashewnuts
  • 20 g Black Peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • few Curry Leaves
  • 3 Green Chillies
  • 50 g Ghee
  • Salt to Taste


  • In a pan, dry roast the dal until it is slightly aromatic.
  • Take a pressure cooker and heat half the ghee.
  • Add cumin and mustard seeds, green chillies and pepper.
  • Add rice and dal.
  • Stir fry for 5 minutes.
  • Add milk and 5 cups of water.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Cover and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles until the rice & dal are fully cooked and slightly mushy.
  • Heat the remaining ghee and fry the cashewnuts & curry leaves.
  • Garnish the pongal with this & serve hot.
  • Serve with chutney and sambar or kathirikai gojju.

Recipe Video


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Prakash October 20, 2010 - 12:21 pm

ingred: 1/2 tsp ghee
step 2 = saute … in 2 tsps ghee
finally add remaining ghee?

Remaining ghee= 0.5 – 2 = -1.5 !!!!!

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Praveen Kumar October 20, 2010 - 11:46 pm

Thanks for pointing it out. The same has been fixed.

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prkcharan February 14, 2010 - 5:21 am


4.50 from 4 votes (4 ratings without comment)

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