Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ven Pongal & Dhal Chutney

One of the most popular dish for breakfast in India especially in south. Its special because it has right mix of protein and carbos. Pongal given in temple as prasadam is very tasty, so here I tried to reach that taste. Normally Ven Pongal is served with coconut chutney or sambhar. But for a change I present here with dhal chutney. This is also equally good in taste, actually both complement each other.

Ven Pongal

Ingredients :

Raw rice - 1 cup
Moong dal - ½ cup
Ginger - 1 tsp finely chopped
Green chili – 1no
Water – 4cups
Milk – ½ cup
Pepper corns - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Cashew nuts – few
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Ghee – 2 tbsp
Oil – 2 tsp
Salt to taste


  • Heat a pan, add the moong dal and dry roast on a medium flame till the raw smell disappears and take care don’t let burn and keep aside.
  • Wash the rice and soak along with moong dhal together in four cups of water for 15 minute.
  • Heat oil in a pressure pan and fry the chopped ginger till golden brown and add silted green chilly.
  • Now add the soaked rice and dhal with water and milk ½ cup add salt for taste.

  • Pressure cooks for 4 to 5 whistles.
  • In a pan, heat 2 tbsp of ghee and add the peppercorns, cumin seeds, cashew nuts and asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  • Add this to the Pongal and mix well.
Yummy Ven Pongal is ready to serve hot with Dhal Chutney.


  • Even can crushed the pepper corns and add it to pongal.
  • Adding milk to pongal gives rich and creamy taste.
  • Don’t avoid adding ginger it give nice flavor for pongal.
  • pongal has to be a little watery of runny type to make more delcious.
Dhal Chutney

Ingredients :

Urad dhal – 2tbsp
Channa dhal -1tbsp
Green chili – 3no
Tamarind – 1tsp
Jaggery – 1tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Salt for taste


  • Take a tsp of oil in a pan and fry all the ingredients except jaggery to a golden brown for a while.
  • Now grind with jaggery into a fine paste by adding less water.
  • Finally season it with mustard and curry leaves.
Dhal chutney is ready to serve with Ven Pongal.


  • Dhal chutney goes well with paniyaram also.
  • For chutney tadka is optional.


  1. Woww... very healthy and delicious breakfast recipe.. looks perfect.. Yummy !!
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  2. Super delicious comfort food, looks fantastic.

  3. that's a classic breakfast and dhal chutney for ven pongal is new to me and a lovely preparation too...simply inviting..liked that leafy bowl :)

  4. Delicious n yummy combo..
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  5. I just had this for lunch....looks so delicious...Lovely recipe ..looks yum!

  6. delicious recipe... nice combination..

  7. It looks so nicely done, a classic combo!

  8. Wonderful combo, looks delicious !!

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  9. Yum yum, super delicious combo..makes me hungry..

  10. Interesting and yummy combination.

  11. Yummy pongal..It's a comfort food..

  12. wow perfect combo and delicious breakfast...

  13. This looks extremely awesome and would love to have it.

  14. Thats a yummy, traditional combo!!! Love it Gayathri ;)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner