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ven pongal recipe

khara pongal recipe is a popular south indian breakfast made with rice and yellow moong lentils.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: breakfasts
Cuisine: south indian, tamil nadu
Servings: 3
Calories: 292kcal
Author: Dassana Amit


main ingredients

  • ½ cup seeraga samba rice OR regular rice OR 100 grams seeraga samba rice
  • ¼ cup moong dal OR 60 grams moong dal
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds - lightly crushed
  • teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 inch ginger - chopped OR 1 teaspoon heaped chopped ginger
  • 3 to 3.25 cups water or add as required
  • salt as required

for tempering

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, whole or crushed. you can also add ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 sprig curry leaves OR 10 to 12 small to medium curry leaves
  • 10 to 12 cashews - whole or halved
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)


roasting moong dal

  • pick ¼ cup of moong dal first to get rid of stones if any. then heat a small pan or a small kadai and add the moong lentils.
  • on a low flame stirring often roast the moong lentils till they become aromatic.
  • the moong lentils only need to be roasted till they become aromatic. no need to brown them.
  • now take them in another bowl or you can use the same pan for rinsing.
  • add ½ cup rice in the bowl containing the roasted moong dal.
  • rinse both rice and roasted moong dal a couple of times with water.

cooking rice and lentils

  • drain very well and then add them in a pressure cooker.
  • now add the following ingredients - ½ tsp cumin seeds, ⅛ tsp asafeotida/hing, 1 tsp heaped chopped ginger. also add salt as per taste. 
  • pour 3 to 3.25 cups water. the amount of water to be added depends on the consistency you want and also on the quality of moong dal.
  • pressure cook on a medium to high flame for 7 to 8 whistles or 11 to 12 minutes.
  • let the pressure settle down on its own and then you remove the lid to check the doneness and consistency. if the pongal has a consistency like that of pulao, then add ½ to 1 cup hot water and mix very well. 
  • both the rice and the moong dal should be cooked very well. if you want you can even slightly mash the cooked rice and moong lentils. if cooked well, then cover with the lid and keep aside.

making ven pongal

  • in another small pan, heat 2 to 3 tbsp ghee. 3 tbsp ghee gives a good taste and flavor.
  • add 1 tsp cumin seeds. let them splutter.
  • then add 10 to 12 cashews. fry till the cashews become light golden.
  • once they begin to get light golden, then add 1 tsp black pepper and 10 to 12 curry leaves.
  • stir very well and fry till the curry leaves become crisp. the black pepper should also be fried well.
  • now pour this entire tempering on the pongal. mix very well.
  • cover with the lid (with the vent weight/whistle on the lid) and keep ven pongal aside for 5 to 6 minutes. this allows the tempering flavors to infuse with the pongal and the aroma to stay in.
  • then remove the lid and serve hot with coconut chutney or sambar.


  • the pongal recipe can be doubled.
  • i get moong dal which takes a long time to cook. usually i cook the moong lentils for 7 to 8 whistles. so i added 3.25 cups water. if you get moong dal, which cooks quickly in 2 to 3 whistles, then add 2 to 2.5 cups water.
  • some mixed veggies can also be added. 
  • if you want you can add less or more ghee as per your requirements. 


Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 1182mg | Potassium: 330mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 415IU | Vitamin C: 67.7mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2.7mg