Friday 21 September 2012

Ven Pongal / Milagu Pongal

Pongal is healthy, easy to make and popular dish of south India, especially Tamil Nadu. This is a combination of Rice, moong dhal and spices like pepper, cumin and jeera (cumin seeds). Give it a try and enjoy.  

10 min
35 mins
Recipe for Ven Pongal  / Milagu Pongal
Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: Tamil nadu Cuisine
Serves:  3 to 4 (approximately)

Raw rice – 1 cup
Moong dhal - ½ cup
Asafeotida (perungayam) - ½ tsp
Curry leaves- 1 sprig
Pepper- 2 tsp
Cumin seeds – 2 tsp
Ginger (chopped)- 1 tsp
Green chillies (chopped)-1
Cashew nuts chopped – 10 or 15
Oil - 2 tbsp
Ghee -1 tbsp
(If you want to add more ghee, reduce the oil content)


Wash and soak the rice and dhal for atleast an hour.

Pressure cook the rice and dhal along with asafeotida, salt, half the quantity of cumin seeds, pepper, curry leaves in nearly 4 - 5 cups of water(according to the quality of your rice)

After it is done.  Give it a quick mix.

Take another pan, add oil as well as ghee, temper with remaining cumin seeds, pepper, curry leaves, chopped ginger, chopped green chillies and cashew nuts. 

Pour it over the Rice, dhal mixture and mix thoroughly.

Serve hot.

The Best accompaniment for Ven pongal is Coconut Chutney and Sambar.


  1. This is really easy to make and soooo tasty....

  2. I tried your recipe today it was yummmy.

  3. Wow yummy 😋


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