VEN PONGAL - This is yet another popular and delicious breakfast recipe in South India, particularly in Tamil Nadu. I could say this is  one of the simplest recipe that is prepared with only two ingredients, rice and moongdal .

      In just three steps your pongal is ready 

                First      -  rice and moongdal is cooked
                Second  -  Ingredients to be tempered is sauted in ghee
                Third    -  Both are mixed together.

There are different versions of preparing pongal and based on the way we cook the taste also differs a lot. Eventhough I have mentioned as the simplest recipe, there is always a good technique behind in preparing tasty pongal. Ghee plays a vital role in this dish as it enriches the taste , so don't avoid it.

In my version rice and moongdal is cooked  and  tempered with cumin , pepper, ginger, curry leaves and cashews sauted in ghee. I use pressure cooker to prepare my pongal, I know everyone uses the same way as I do as we all want to finish our cooking in a jiffy, but my MIL's preparation is entirely in a different  way, she cooks the pongal in a heavy bottomed vessel without using the cooker and the tempering part is done with the homemade ghee. The taste is completely different and unique. My daughter always rates my MIL's recipe as the best and when I ask about my dish , so far I get only Ok or BETTER and you know all my weekends starts with pongal as breakfast as my lil one loves it.  

The only difficulty in my MIL's version is patience, So friends , if you find time ,do try out preparing pongal without using pressure cooker and see the difference.

Serves : 2
Preparation time : 5 mins
Cooking time : 25 - 30 mins

For this recipe you need
  • 2 cups of raw rice
  • 1/2 cup of  Moongdal
  • 1 or 2 Green chillies, split lengthwise
  • Salt
For tempering
  • 1/2 tsp. of cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. of black pepper
  • Small piece of ginger, finely chopped
  • 7 - 8 nos. of cashewnuts
  • A sprig of curry leaves
  • 3 tbsp. of Ghee


Wash and pressure cook the rice and moongdal, along with salt and green chillies,for about 5-6 whistles.

Heat ghee, fry the cashews until golden brown and keep it aside.

Now add the remaining ingredients mentioned under tempering,fry it well.

When the pressure is down, add the tempered ingredients and mix well.

Serve hot with coconut chutney or sambar.

Pongal tastes great when served hot :)

Note : 

Don't skip ginger as it enhances the flavor of the pongal.

For more hot version , you can crush few black peppers and mix well, in this way peppery pongal is ready.

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Aruna Manikandan

I am a passionate cook and love to experiment various cuisines , in my kitchen. This blog is my humble attempt to register a copy of recipes that I learn and try . Feel free to experiment with my recipes and adjust accordingly to suit your taste and requirements.Hope you enjoy :)


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  1. Its my hubbys favorite... Looks so nice...

  2. Looks so nice,amma also prepares ths without using the pressure cooker,the tast will be divine as ur doter says..

  3. Looks yum this always ...

  4. Pongal looks yummy and tempting Aruna :-)

  5. Healthy recipe love to have any time...

  6. Very yummy pongal, my all time favorite.

  7. வாவ்! பார்க்கவே சூப்பர்.

  8. This pongal I like very much... thanks for sharing Dear..

  9. Looks delicious and nicely presented.

  10. never tried on pot,quite interesting,shld try sometime.

  11. the hearty breakfast and my very own comfort food- looks yum

  12. Simple but delicious dish...

    Todyas recipe:

  13. Love Venpongal.. My all time comfort food..

  14. looks scrumptiously tasty dear

  15. healthy way to start a day..yummy

  16. All time yummy food for which i dont need any sides also :)

  17. fav sunday breakfast recipe..comforting food...

  18. A staple breakfast at home! Looks delicious!

  19. Iam yet to have my breakfast how I wish u could pass me that plate with one more scoop of pongal :)

  20. Who will say no to Pongal, my favourite breakfast.

  21. Ghee pongal looks superb! Very healthy too.

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  22. Delicious pongal , our family fav :)

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  25. An all time favorite, would try out your way the next time..

  26. Love this ven pongal any time

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  28. Love Ven Pongal n its our constant weekend breakfast :) U have made it perfectly..looks so inviting n delicious!

  29. My favorite dish! Looks yum and yes, the pongal cooked in a vessel definitely tastes better than our pressure cooker ones! :)

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