Ven Pongal Recipe

Pongal is one of the popular and famous breakfast of Tamil Nadu . It is a very simple recipe which can be done in a jiffy. Pongal is served with coconut chutney or sambar with vadai as an accompaniment. This Year Pongal falls on 15th January. I already posted sakkarai pongal /sweet pongal recipe, so I am going to share ven pongal recipe here and Advance Pongal wishes ti you all.

Preparation time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 20 minutes

Serves : 3


  1. Raw rice – 1 cup
  2. Split moong dal/ pasi paruppu – 1/2 cup
  3. Ginger – 1 tsp finely chopped
  4. Asafoetida – a pinch
  5. water – 4 cups
  6. salt – to taste


  1. Ghee – 4 tsp
  2. Peppercorns/Milagu – 2 tsp
  3. Cumin seeds/jeera – 2 tsp
  4. Curry leaves – 1 spring
  5. Cashews – 10 nos


  1. Dry roast moong dal till nice aroma comes. Dont burn it (This step is optional)
  2. Wash rice and dal well
  3. Transfer it to pressure cooker and add water, salt, ginger and asafoetida
  4. Pressure cook for 4 whistles in medium flame
  5. Switch off the flame
  6. Wait till the pressure get released by itself . open the cooker
  7. Mash the rice dal mixture well
  8. Take a frying pan and add ghee, then add pepper and jeera( u can add slightly crushed pepper too), curry leaves and cashews
  9. Fry it well and add it to Pongal , mix well
  10. Serve it with sambar or chutney. I served it with sambar