Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Ven Pongal Recipe / Ghee Pongal / Khara Pongal / Healthy Breakfast Ideas

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Today’s recipe is the very tasty & filling breakfast recipe Ven Pongal.  Its absolutely easy to prepare at home with just 2 steps. Cook rice and dal mixture to perfect consistency and then do the aromatic ghee seasoning. It’s a mainstream breakfast option of South India and we used to prepare atleast once a week. My hubby is a big fan of pongal and it tastes very soft, flavorful & melt in mouth with a combo of chutney & sambar. Here is the easy recipe to get a perfect pongal.
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For Pongal:
·         Raw rice                          - ½ cup
·         Moong dal (yellow)         - ¼ cup
·         Water                               - 4 cups
·         Ghee                                - 1 tsp
For Tempering:
·         Broken cashewnuts        - 2 tbsp
·         Black pepper                   - 1 tsp
·         Cumin seeds                   - 2 tsp
·         Curry leaves                    - 1 sprig
·         Grated ginger                  - 1 tsp
·         Green chilly                     - 1
·         Hing                                 - a generous pinch
·         Ghee                                - 2 tbsp
·         Oil                                    - 1 tbsp
·         Salt to taste
1.       Wash and soak raw rice in water for 10 mins.
2.      Heat a frypan in low medium heat.
3.      Dry roast split moong dal ( yellow moong dal) for few minutes or until it lets out rich aroma. ( take care the dal shouldn’t be over roasted or change color to brown)
4.      Now add the dal and soaked rice together in a bowl and place it in pressure cooker.
5.      Add 4 cups of water and a tsp of ghee to it.
6.      Cook for 5 to 6 whistles and keep in simmer for 10 mins.
7.      The dal and rice should be cooked mushy.
8.      Meanwhile keep ready the broken cashewnuts, pepper, cumin, curry leaves, grated ginger, finely sliced green chilly and ghee.
9.      Heat oil & ghee in a small frypan.
10.   Add in the broken cashewnuts, pepper,cumin, curry leaves, grated ginger, green chilly and hing.
11.    Roast briefly until the cashews turn golden.
12.   Turn off the flame and keep it aside.
13.   Mash and rice and dal mixture by adding salt.
14.   Add the roasted ingredients.
15.   Mix everything to combine.
16.   That’s it lipsmacking delicious Ghee pongal is ready.
17.   Serve hot with chutney, sambar, vadai and any side dish of your choice.
18.   Here is the recipe for Chutney and Sambar.

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