Monday, 11 March 2013

Ven Pongal / White Pongal

Hi Friends.. :-)
Today im gonna share a delicious and easy breakfast recipe with you all. This is a traditional south indian breakfast, which is so popular in Tamil Nadu. This Ven Pongal is a very special food of Tamilians, it is prepared during festivals and functions. It is served to the Gods in all our temples. :-) It is done as "Prasadham" / "Neivedhyam". So, with utmost happiness, I present you the recipe of this auspicious dish.. :-)

Ingredients : 

    1     Raw Rice / Pacharisi     1 cup
    2     Moong Dal / Paasi Paruppu        1/4 cup
    3     Water     4 - 5 cups    
    4     Ginger (Chopped)     3 tbsp
    5     Black Pepper / Milagu     2 tbsp
    6     Cumin Seeds / Jeeragam     2 tbsp
    7     Curry Leaves     1/4 cup
    8     Oil     1 tbsp
    9     Ghee     2 tbsp
    10         Cashew Nuts     1/4 cup

Preparation :

1) Heat a pan, fry the moong dal for 2-3 minutes, you can smell the aroma of the moong dal at this stage. Switch off the stove and immediately transfer it to another vessel, orelse the dal will get browned due to the pan's heat.
2) Next add little ghee in the pan and fry the cashews until it turns golden brown color. Transfer this to a bowl.
3) Wash the moong dal in running water to remove the dust and dirt. (Please Remember - You should not wash and then fry. It wont get fried because of the wetness. So wash it after frying)
4) Now heat a cooker or a pan. Add oil and ghee in equal proportions. (1 tbsp + 1 tbsp)
5) Add the Cumin seeds and pepper. Let it sizzle, then add the curry leaves and fry for 2 minutes.
6) Now add the chopped ginger and fry till it becomes crispy.
7) Next add the washed Moong dal and required quantity of water.
8) When the water starts boiling,  add required salt and washed raw rice.
9) Cover the cooker and cook for 1 whistle, then keep it in sim / low flame for 10 minutes and switch off the stove.
10) After the pressure is completely released, open the pressure cooker and add the fried cashews and mx well.

Delicious Pongal is ready to be served. This Pongal goes well with Sambar and Coconut Chutney. You can make it even more better, by serving it with Vadas.. :-) Enjoyyy this Divine dish along with your family.

Click here to check my Pongal Sambar recipe..

I'll meet you all with yet another interesting recipe. Till then its Bye from Priya.. Take Care friends.. :-)

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