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Monday, January 12, 2015

Venpongal - Karnataka style / Savory Pongal

Pongal festival or sankranthi is on Jan 15th this year. So sharing an authentic karnataka style pongal recipe with you all.. This is my MIL's recipe. She makes this often with a combination with sambar. Its finger licking too.. You can make either with normal rice or with millets too. This recipe is also made in Hyderabad. I have had in few hotels there.


  • Rice - 1 cup
  • Moong dal - 1 cup
  • Salt
  • Water - 5-6 cups

To temper:
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Pepper - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves
  • Asafoedita - 1/4 tsp
  • Ginger - 1" (finely chopped)
  • Coconut chopped - one handful
  • Green chillies - 2
  • Oil
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Ghee


  • Heat oil and ghee in a pressure cooker. Temper all the above ingredients one by one. Fry the coconut a little.
  • Add the washed rice and dal. Add water and salt.Stir well.
  • Cook for about 5-6 whistles.

Serve hot with ghee and Sambar.

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