Ven Pongal

Ven Pongal is a traditional South- Indian tiffin which is very easy to make. It is also offered as a prasadham in many temples. The right quantity of water,  cooking the rice is the most important step in making pongal. If the quantity of water is more, Then the pongal cannot be scooped and served. At the same time if the quantity of water is less then the rice and moong dhal will not be mushy. If each step is followed with care, then the pongal tastes yummy.


Raw rice – 3/4 cup

Moong dhal- 3/4 cup

Water –  4 1/2 cups

Cumin seeds -1 tbsp

Black peppercorn – 1 tbsp

Curry leaves – 4 to 5 arcs

Ginger – 1 tsp

Cashews – few

Asafoetida –  Two pinches


  • Pressure cook the rice and moong dhal with water, salt and a tablespoon of ghee. Mash it well.
  • In a pan add Ghee. Once it melts, add the cumin seeds. Fry it until golden brown.
  • Then add the black peppercorns. Let it fry well.
  • Chop the cashews and fry slowly. When it turns brown, add the curry leaves, ginger and asafoetida.
  • Add this into the rice and dhal mixture.
  • Mix everything well.
  • The authentic tamilnadu ven pongal is ready to serve.
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