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Pongal (Ven Pongal) with Sambar and Chutnies
Ven pongal is the simplest and healthy South-Indian breakfast . Somewhat similar to khichdi. Goes well with coconut chuteny, sambar ,dried curd chilies and paapads.
This is similar to khichdi.
Rice- 1 cup
Moong daal washed- 1/4 c up and 2 tblspns
Ghee- 3 tblspns
Kali mirch (blck pepper)-1tspn
Ginger- 1 tspn (finely chopped)
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tspn
Curry leaves - 7-8
Kaju (Cashews )- 8-10 broken
Water - 3 cups
Salt to taste
Heeng -1 pinch (optional)
Green chilies -2-3 (optional)
In a pan or on tawa first dry roast moong daal for 2-3 mnts in medium flame. Till it becomes little brown in color. Keep it aside. Then dry roast the rice just for 2-3 mnts. Now wash both rice and daal. Keep aside. In cooker take 3 tblspns oil. Heat the oil and quickly fry the broken cashew nuts. Remember it burns too fast. Then take the cashew out,drain the oil and keep the nuts aside.
Now in the same ghee add cumin seeds, kali mirch and crackle them. And curry leaves. Add ginger and saute for few seconds.
Now add washed rice and daal. Mix well add water and salt. Cook it. We need to put more water than our usual rice cooking. Because pongal should not be dry, but not too watery as well.
When it is cooked,add cashews and garnish with coriander leaves.
Eat with coconut chutny and sambar.
1. Can roast in little ghee also.
2. No need to wash rice and daal becfore roasting them.
3. Can add cashews while cooking..but I like the crunchiness which comes when we add it later.
4. Dryness and liquidity of pongal depends upon the quality of rice and daal, also upon your choice how you like to make it.
4. Traditional pongal looks like halwa. Means rice and daal looks crushed.