Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Venn Pongal

Pongal is one of the dish which i don't make frequently at home nor eat it outside, but recently I had Pongal @A2B(Adayar Ananda Bhavan) and the Pongal was so yummmmmy......But I am not sure whether I will order it again or not since it had Lott's of fat (not sure it was ghee or vanaspathi). So I tried to make same kind of pongal at home and the best part is my DD also enjoyed having it.

It tastes best only when it is piping hot once it gets cold it wont taste that good. Cooking pongal to perfection is an art itself you add less water and you will get a pongal like pulao pour more water and you will get a pongal like porridge. 
But its not a complicated dish if you follow the quantity of water and rice+lentil ratio and also its not a great food for lunch box.


Rice 1 cup(Soak for 20-30 min)
Yellow Moong Dhall 1/4 cup
Water 4-5 CUP
Ginger Chopped/Grated/paste 1 Tbsp
Oil 1Tsp
Salt as Required

To temper
Ghee/Clarified Butter 3-5 Tbsp
Pepper 10-15 no
Cashews Few
Asafoetida 2tsp
Curry leaves few
Jeera 1Tbsp

1.Dry Roast yellow moong dhall until a nice aroma fills your kitchen.
2.Now In a Pressure cooker add rice, lentil, water, salt, ginger and 1 Tsp of oil.
3.Let the rice mixture boil until you can see white froth.
4.Now put the lid and pressure cook in medium flame for 3-4 whistle, turn off the flame 
and let the pressure releases completely.
5.Meanwhile Take a small kadai, add Ghee and once it gets heated add peppercorns, cashew(wait
for cashews to get golden brown)
6.Turn off the flame and add curry leaves, Asafoetida and jeera.
7.Pour this tempering over pongal and mix nicely.
8.Transfer it to a serving bowl or directly to your plate. Have it with ho sambar/chutney or just as is it.

*You can use broken rice(noi) instead of whole rice.
*Roast the lentil on a low flame or else you will end up in a brown or black lentils within 
few seconds of roasting.
*if you don't have much time you can do it at one go.Just Temper, add water, salt, rice dhall and cook, 
but colour will slightly vary and also you will get soft cashews instead of crunchy ones(any ways It will taste great)
*Hot pongal with dollops of ghee and sambar is such a filling dish sometimes it will make you sleepy 
in that case a strong hot tea or coffee is a great solution.
Or if you don't have anything to do just dose off

See you in my next post

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