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Pongal Recipe / Ven Pongal Recipe

Written By Angela Steffi on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 10:27:00 PM

Pongal is a traditional recipe of Tamil Nadu often enjoyed during "Pongal festival" This is one of the Very important festivals celebrated by our Tamil People, This Harvest festival is celebrated as Thanks Giving to Sun . Traditionally this recipe is made with first harvest from the field, We had a paddy farm very long back, at that time my dad used to bring fresh new rice from the paddy field , I still remember the smell of the rice ,wow !!!! Pongal made with fresh / new rice is loaded with loads of taste and aroma.
This Pongal is often had along with Coconut Chutney, Sambar, Vada and a good hot cup of coffee !!!

நம் பாரம்பரிய தமிழ் சுவையை உலகம் முழுவதும் பரப்புவோம் !!!

Please click here to watch Ven Pongal recipe in Tamil- Madras Samayal


Serving Size               :  4

Preparation Time      : 5 min 

Cooking Time            : 30 min

Difficulty Spice Level

Quantity Ingredients for Ven Pongal Recipe
1 cupRaw Rice / பச்சரிசி 
1/2 cup Moong Dal / பாசிப்பருப்பு 
2 tbspGhee
1/4 tspHing / Asafoetida / பெருங்காயம் 
2-3 Green Chilies
1 inchGinger
5 cup Water

Salt to taste

For Tempering
2 tbsp Ghee
10-12 Cashew nuts
1 tsp Pepper corns
2 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 spring Curry leaves

Cooking Method

Step 1) Dry roast rice and dal over medium heat for a couple of minutes. Dal should not change its color. Once you feel the nice aroma of the dal turn off the heat and rinse it in water for a couple of times.

Step 2) Melt Ghee in a cooker and add asafoetida, ginger (finely chopped) and green chilies. Give it a stir and add the rice and dal. Mix it well with the ghee and then add water .
For (1.5 cups rice + dal ) we will need 5 cups of water. Also add required salt, Cover and let it cook for 4 whistles on a medium heat.
We need to cook the rice until turns soft and mushy, that is the reason we are adding more water.

Step 3) Tempering:
Melt ghee in a pan and roast cashews, once the cashews turns golden add pepper corns (if you dont like to add whole pepper, crush it and add to the recipe) Also add in cumin seeds, curry leaves. Mix it once and turn off the heat.
Add the tempering to the pongal and mix well. If you wish you can add more ghee at the end to get nice aroma and taste.

That's it our Ven pogal is ready to be served and its time for celebrating Tamil New year. Wish you all Happy Tamil, New year.
Happy Cooking - நம் பாரம்பரிய தமிழ் சுவையை உலகம் முழுவதும் பரப்புவோம்



Ven Pongal is a traditional recipe of Tamil Nadu enjoyed during Tamil festivals like Pongal and Tamil New year. This recipe is quick and easy to make . This ven pongal is made with Raw rice and Paasiparuppu / Moong Dal. This is a fulfilling recipes with loads of taste.
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    For Ven Pongal Recipe
  • 1 cup Raw Rice
  • 1/2 cup Moong Dal
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 3 Green Chilies
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida
  • 1 piece Ginger
  • 5 cups of Water
  • Salt to taste
  • For Tempering
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp pepper corns
  • 2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 10-12 cashews
  • Curry leaves

  1. Roast Rice and dal for 2 minutes and rinse it in water
  2. Melt ghee and add Asafoetida, Ginger and green chilies.
  3. Add the rice dal , water and also add required water. Cover and cook for 4 whistles.
  4. Temper and add it over the pongal and mix well.
  5. Our Ven pongal is ready to be served Chutney, Sambar and Vada

About Angela Steffi

I am an avid food blogger with a great passion for food. I am always eager to try new recipes and modify recipes and experiment with them. I have two cooking channels on Youtube CLASSIC MASALA HUT (for english recipes) and MADRAS SAMAYAL (for Tamil recipes).


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