Khara Pongal and Sweet Pongal

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Pongal is a tasty and extremely easy-to-make dish.

Khara pongal goes well with cocunut chutney and sambar. Sweet pongal complements the khara pongal beautifully.

Khara (Ven) Pongal :

Serves 2

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup moong dal
  • 3 green chillies chopped
  • 1 tablespoon whole pepper crushed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3-4 cashewnuts
  • salt to taste
  • ghee

Procedure :

Cook the rice and moong dal together in a cooker with water and 1 tablespoon of ghee and half a teaspoon of salt. The rice and dal need to blend well together.

While the rice and dal is cooking, prepare the garnish.

Garnish : Add 1 teaspoon ghee, jeera, chooped green chillies , cashewnuts and crushed pepper to a tadka pan. Heat till the jeera starts to splutter.

Once the rice and dal is cooked (consistency should be smooth ),  pour the garnish over it and mix thoroughly.

Serve hot with cocounut chutney and sambar.

Sweet Pongal :

Serves 2

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup moong dal
  • 3-4 cashewnuts
  • 5-6 raisins
  • 1 cup crushed jaggery
  • ghee

Procedure :

Cook the rice and moong dal together in a cooker with water and 1 tablespoon of ghee. (Cooking time varies depending on the variety of rice). The rice and dal need to blend together.

Once the rice and dal are cooked , add jaggery into the rice-dal mix. Cut jaggery into small pieces to enable it to cook and melt evenly.

Heat cashewnuts and raisins in 1 teaspoon of ghee and pour it over the rice-dal.  Mix well and serve hot.

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4 thoughts on “Khara Pongal and Sweet Pongal

  1. wow.. thanks for the procedure. I too prepare pongal nicely but bit different way.
    Let me try your way of preparing pongal.
    By the way it would be great if you can add info on how to prepare chutney and sambar too…

  2. Love the picture and easy recipes!! Have two questions though…do we cook the rice and dal together? Also, how much of jaggery would be enough?

    • Meera..the rice and dal need to be cooked together…they need to blend well with each other. You can use 1 cup of crushed jaggery. I used 2 small blocks (remember the blocks we get here?) of jaggery. Thanks for pointing out…i think these are small but important details that i left out…have added them in the post now 🙂

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