Ven Pongal Recipe | Pongal Recipe in Tamil | How to make Pongal in Tamil | Khara Pongal Recipe

Ven Pongal Recipe | Pongal Recipe in Tamil | How to make Pongal in Tamil | Khara Pongal Recipe


  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients needed 

  • Raw rice – 1/2 cup
  • Pasi parupu/moong dal- 1/4 cup
  • Hing / Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp
  • Water – 5 cups of rice cup
  • Salt as required

For the seasoning:

  • Ghee – 2 tbsp
  • Whole black pepper -1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds/jeera -1 tsp
  • Ginger – 1-inch piece finely chopped
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Cashew nuts – 5-7


  1. Dry roast moong dal and rice together until it is hot to touch and nice aroma comes. Do not over fry it.
  2. Wash it in a cold water once or twice
  3. Mix both rice and dal. Add 5 measures of water using the same rice cup and little salt; Pressure cook for 5 whistles. The rice must be cooked little mushy.
  4. Open the cooker once the pressure subsides and mash the contents well when it is hot
  5. Fry cashew nuts in a tsp of ghee and keep it aside.
  6. Heat oil + ghee, add finely chopped ginger, saute for 2-3 seconds, then add pepper, jeera seeds, curry leaves and pour it over the rice + dal mix.
  7. Add fried cashew nuts and mix everything well.


Serve hot with Sambar or coconut chutney.



  • You can also lightly crush the pepper and jeera; it gives even more nice flavor
  • Ghee can be added more because it is a Pongal J
  • Rice and dal can be cooked directly in the pressure cooker or vessel inside the cooker or cook in an open pot.
  • Dry roasting the rice and dal can be optional. This will give the best Pongal. So do not miss this.


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