Apr 1, 2013

Khara Pongal

"Pongal" is a traditional and popular South Indian breakfast recipe prepared with rice and moong dal.
"Pongal" is the main dish served during "Pongal" festival, which is a harvest festival celebrated in South India at the end of harvest season. 


1 cup Rice
1 cup Moond dal
1 tsp Black pepper Corn
1/2 inch Ginger, grated

For Seasoning
2 tsp Ghee / Oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
3 Green Chilies, chopped
6 Curry Leaves


  • In a sauce pan, dry roast moong dal until it turns light brown
  • In a pressure cooker, cook rice, moong dal, black pepper corn and ginger with 5 cups of water for 3 to 4 whistles

  • Using the same sauce pan, heat ghee/ oil, add mustard seeds and when it starts to crackle, add cumin seeds, green chilies and curry leaves. 

  • Pour seasoning on top of cooked rice and dal. Adjust salt to taste. Mix well
  • Serve hot with Coconut Chutney or brinjal curry

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