Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ghee Ven Pongal

With navarathri on the run,I wanted to post a recipe that could be made as an offering to the deities.So I asked mom and she told me that ven pongal is one among the offerings and I decided to go ahead with it as it is also very easy.Though ven pongal recipe is quite very easy not all ven pongals are I would like to share a few things which I learnt from my mom and on my own experience that will help you make a delicious pongal which will make everyone happy.

Preparation time:30 mins

Raw rice-1 cup
Moong dal-1/2 cup
Salt-to taste
Ghee-4 tbsp
Oil-1 tbsp

To temper:
Peppercorns-1 tbsp
Jeera-1 tbsp
Very finely chopped ginger -2 tsp
Curry leaves- few
Cashews-10 nos


1.Pressure cook raw rice and dal with 4 cups of water till they are mushy.
2.Add the required amount of salt to this rice and dal mixture.
3.In a pan add the ghee and oil and heat it.add the tempering ingredients and roast them till the cashews turn golden brown and the curry leaves are crispy.
4.Switch off the flame and add these tempered ingredients to the rice dal  mixture.
5.Garnish with few curry leaves and serve hot with coconut chutney and sambar.

Ghee Pongal


* Do not omit ginger and curry leaves as they add a nice flavour.
*Add pepper and jeera only during tempering and not along with rice and dal mixture.
*Keep some hot water ready before serving and if the pongal becomes hard ,you can add little hot water to it so that it  comes to the correct consistency.But do not add cold water as it will destroy all the flavours.
*You can add a tsp of ghee on top of the pongal in the plate just before serving for a nice ghee rich flavour.

1 comment:

  1. Such wonderful collection of recipes you have! Easy peasy yet totally flavorsome. Not to forget, me and my husband go bonkers over this ghee ven pongal (we ajust looove southern delights)..and now i am gonna try this soon! Love :)