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Ven Pongal Recipe

Pongal recipe to make a delicious, aromatic, protein packed traditional South Indian Porridge and dish made with rice and moong dal. This savoury Pongal is known as Ven Pongal.
5 from 2 votes
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: indian cuisine, south indian
Keyword: pongal, pongal recipe, Ven Pongal
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 429kcal
Author: Rekha Kakkar


For Pongal

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup moong dal
  • 4 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric

For tempering:

  • 2 tablespoon ghee clarified butter
  • 1 teaspoon cumin jeera
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper crushed
  • 1 inch ginger finely chopped
  • 2 chilli slit
  • 10 cashew / kaju halves
  • 1 pinch hing asafoetida


Cooking Ven Pongal

  • Take the moong dal and get rid of any stones.
  • Now, heat a pan and add the moong dal to the pan.
  • Roast the dal on low flame till it becomes aromatic.
  • Add the rice into moong dal and rinse it thoroughly.
  • Drain the rice and moong and add it in the pressure cooker.
  • Add 4 cups of water.
  • Now add chopped ginger. Add salt according to your liking and ¼tsp of turmeric powder.
  • Cook the pongal for 4-5 whistles.
  • Allow the pressure to naturally release before removing the lid to check for doneness and consistency.
  • Pongal has a mushy consistency, similar to Khichdi or porridge.
  • After opening the pressure cooker mash the pongal with theback of ladel.

For tempering the ven pongal;

  • In a pan, heat ghee Add cumin seeds.
  • Let the cumin seeds flutter for a bit Then add the cashews.
  • Fry until its aromatic and golden Now, add the black pepper and curry leaves to the cashews
  • Stir the mixture very well. The tempering is ready.
  • Pour the mixture into the cooked rice and dal.
  • Mix everything thoroughly.
  • This allows the tempering tastes to soak into the khara pongal while keeping the scent.
  • Serve the pongal warm or hot.



Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 323mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 324IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 3mg