Pongal – Makar Sankranthi Special

Pongal – Makar Sankranthi Special

Pongal

Pongal is a very healthy and nutritious dish as it carries the goodness of Rice, Dal and the Spices

Hi Everyone, Hope all of you are enjoying the chilly winter season. It’s cold in Bangalore here though the winter started bit late. Winter season welcomes the first Hindu Festival of the year Sankranthi also called Pongal Festival in Tamil Nadu. Sankranthi is a festival for which fresh harvest of crop is offered to god, decorating the entrance of the house with huge and beautiful Rangolis and delicious food which includes Pongal.So I thought why not share my Pongal Recipe with all of you. I had documented it long time back. Suddenly I remembered that I have this recipe readily available and so geared up myself to post it on the appropriate occasion.

Pongal is a very healthy and nutritious dish as it carries the goodness of Rice, Dal and the Spices

Pongal, Khichdi, Huggi all meant the same. Rice cooked along with Split Green Gram (Moong Dal) and from there on there are many variations to this recipe. Pongal is a very healthy and nutritious dish as it carries the goodness of Rice, Dal and the Spices which helps in maintaining body temperature. It is given to patients as it can be digested easily.

Now a days with the effect of Master Chef Series, I always remember the lines said by the chefs who were judges in that program. For Pongal/Khichdi I remember Chef Sanjeev Kapoor repeating the famous Phrase ” Khichdi Ke 4 Yar, Ghee, Papad, Dahi, Achar” which means the 4 friends of Khichdi are Ghee, Papad, Curd and Pickle.In Khichdi even the veggies are added. Same applies to Pongal also. Serve piping hot pongal with above mentioned accompaniments. Or you can serve it this Delicious Tomato Gotsu, my personal favourite Side dish for Pongal. I like it so much that initially I never used to eat Pongal without Tomato Gotsu

Pongal is a very healthy and nutritious dish as it carries the goodness of Rice, Dal and the Spices
The Pongal Recipe which I am narrating here is popularly known as Ven Pongal or Khara Pongal, Pongal is often given as Prasadam in Temples in the Month of Dhanurmasam (Holy Month according to Hindu Calendar, which is up to Mid of Jan) early in the mornings.

Let us see how to prepare Pongal

Pongal
Pongal is a very healthy and nutritious dish as it carries the goodness of Rice, Dal and the Spices
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
1084 calories
157 g
82 g
45 g
15 g
31 g
1218 g
382 g
24 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1218g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1084
Calories from Fat 394
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 45g
70%
Saturated Fat 31g
157%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 82mg
27%
Sodium 382mg
16%
Total Carbohydrates 157g
52%
Dietary Fiber 8g
30%
Sugars 24g
Protein 15g
Vitamin A
72%
Vitamin C
639%
Calcium
8%
Iron
23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Split Green Gram (Moong Dal) - 3/4th cup
  2. Rice - 3/4 Cup
  3. Roasted Cumin (jeera) Powder - 1 spoon
  4. Roasted Coriander Seeds (Dhania) Powder - 1 spoon
  5. Pepper Powder - 2 spoons
  6. Grated coconut (Optional) - 1/2 cup
  7. Slit Green Chillies (Optional) - 3 to 4
  8. Salt - As per Taste
  9. Turmeric Powder - 1/4 spoon
  10. Water - 3 to 4 cups
For Tempering
  1. Ghee/Butter - 2.5 tbsp.
  2. Mustard and Cumin Seeds - 1 spoon each
  3. Curry Leaves - Few
  4. Asafoetida - 1/4 spoon
  5. Broken Cashews - Few
Instructions
  1. Wash and soak Rice and Lentils together in a vessel. The water should be twice the measurement of Rice and lentils. Means to say for 3/4 cup of Dal and 3/4 cup of Rice add 3 cups of water.
  2. Heat Ghee in a cooker vessel and once hot add in Mustard and cumin seeds followed by Asafoetida, Curry Leaves, Broken Cashews and Green Chillies and fry for a minute or two.
  3. In the same vessel add in Rice and Lentils, water, salt, Turmeric Powder, Cumin, coriander and pepper powders, and grated Coconut .
  4. Close the Lid and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles and switch off the stove
  5. Open the lid once the pressure the settles and check for consistency.
  6. Add in a cup of water if required and boil it to attain a much smoother consistency.
  7. Prepare the seasoning with ingredients given under tempering and add it to the prepared pongal and mix well
  8. Serve Hot with a dollop of ghee spreading over the Pongal
Notes
  1. If you are adding green chillies then reduce the quantity of pepper powder, else it will become too spicy
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Ingredients:
Split Green Gram (Moong Dal) – 3/4th cup
Rice  – 3/4 Cup
Roasted Cumin (jeera) Powder – 1 spoon
Roasted Coriander Seeds (Dhania) Powder – 1 spoon
Pepper Powder – 2 spoons
Grated coconut (Optional) – 1/2 cup
Slit Green Chillies (Optional) – 3 to 4
Salt – As per Taste
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 spoon
Water – 3 to 4 cups

For Tempering:
Ghee/Butter – 2.5 tbsp.
Mustard and Cumin Seeds – 1 spoon each
Curry Leaves – Few
Asafoetida – 1/4 spoon
Broken Cashews – Few

Method :
Wash and soak Rice and Lentils together in a vessel. The water should be twice the measurement of Rice and lentils. Means to say for 3/4 cup of Dal and 3/4 cup of Rice add 3 cups of water.

Heat Ghee in a cooker vessel and once hot add in Mustard and cumin seeds followed by Asafoetida, Curry Leaves and Green Chillies and fry for a minute or two.

Pongal is a very healthy and nutritious dish as it carries the goodness of Rice, Dal and the Spices
In the same vessel add in Turmeric Powder, Cumin, coriander and pepper powders

Pongal is a very healthy and nutritious dish as it carries the goodness of Rice, Dal and the Spices

Add in Rice and Lentils, water, salt,Grated Coconut,water and close the Lid and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles and switch off the stove

Pongal-16Pongal is a very healthy and nutritious dish as it carries the goodness of Rice, Dal and the Spices

Open the lid once the pressure the settles and check for consistency.

Add in a cup of water if required and boil it to attain a much smoother consistency.

Pongal is a very healthy and nutritious dish as it carries the goodness of Rice, Dal and the Spices

Serve Hot with a dollop of ghee spreading over the Pongal

Pongal is a very healthy and nutritious dish as it carries the goodness of Rice, Dal and the Spices

Notes:
If you are adding green chillies then reduce the quantity of pepper powder, else it will become too spicy

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