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Today I am posting Venpongal which is a popular dish in South Indian homes and Restuarants. It is typically served as breakfast menu. It is combination of Rice and Moong dhal with mild seasoning of Pepper and Cummin. Sambar and Coconut Chutney is served as accompaniment for this Ven pongal. Another side dish which we make at home is Gojju which is tangy, sweet and spicy one which goes very well with pongal. So here is the simple pongal meal for you to enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ingredients for Pongal :

Raw rice - 1 cup
Moong dhal - 1/3 cup
Water - 3 cups
Milk - 1 cup + 1 cup(keep it warm)
Pepper - 1 tsp ( crack to 2 pieces)
Cummin seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Ginger - 1 tsp finely chopped
Coconut - 1 tsp (optional)
Cashewnuts - 10 ( cut to 2 pieces each)
Salt to taste
Ghee - 3 tbsp (If calorie conscious use half ghee and oil)

Method :

1. Dry roast the moong dhal slightly.
2. Combine the rice and dhal adding 3 cups of water and 1 cup of milk in vessel keep inside the pressure cooker.
3. Pressure cook for 4 whistles.
4. Once the pressure is released. In a separate pan heat the ghee or oil season with Pepper, cumminAsafoetida, cashew nuts, Coconut switch of the flame. followed by ginger, curry leaves,
5. Add this tempering to the cooked rice and dhal. Keeping the vessel in the flame add some more milk mix well so that it gets mushy. Once everything is blended well. Switch off the flame.
6. Add a tbsp of ghee serve hot with sambar and chutney.

Note :

1.You can also do the Pongal without pressure cooker. Like cook the rice and dhal in water and milk until it is cooked and mushy then season it with other ingredients.

2. When you cook the rice and dhal in cooker sometime it will overflow to avoid this add tsp of oil and pinch of turmeric so that it will not happen.

Ingredients for sambar :

Vegetable of your choice - 1 cup ( I used carrot, radish and drumstick)
Shallots - 1/2 cup
Tomato - 1/4 cup
Toor dhal - 1/2 cup
Turmeric - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Mustard - 1 tsp
Sambar powder - 1 tbsp
Chilli powder - if needed
Tamarind pulp - 1 tbsp ( Or according to ur taste)
Coriander for garnishing
salt and oil

Method :

1.Pressure cook the Toor dhal with little turmeric and tsp of oil.
2.Boil the vegetables , onion and tomato in water.
3. To this add the dhal, tamarind, sambar powder,curry leaves add some water if necessary let them boil for some time.
4. Now season with asafoetida and mustard. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Ingredients for Tangy Tamarind Gojju :

This can be done in two ways

1. Grinding 1/2 onion with tbsp of tamarind pulp and 2 tsp of jaggery by adding little water and then seasoning with urad dhal, green chillies, curry leaves and mustard.

This is another way which I am posting since the onion was so pungent.

Shallots or purple onion - 1/4 cup
Tamarind pulp - 1 tbsp
Curry leaves - few
Asafoetida - pinch
Green chillies - 1 sliced
Red chilli - 1 broken into pieces
Water - 1/4 cup
Jaggery - 2 tsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Urad dhal - 1 tsp
salt and oil

Method :

1. Heat oil in the pan crackle mustard and add urad dhal.
2. Add chillies, curry leaves ,asafoetida one by one.
3. Saute onion till transparent , add the tamarind, water, jaggery.
4. Once the raw aroma disappears and quantity is slightly reduced. switch of the flame and serve.

Note : Adjust the sourness and sweet according to your taste.

Click Here for the COCONUT CHUTNEY

Nithya  – (December 24, 2009 at 8:29 PM)  

Lovely presentation. :)Pongal looks yummm :) I have been going to temple every morning this Margazhi season and I eat pongal prasadam every day :)I don't get bored with it at all.

Perspectivemedley  – (December 24, 2009 at 10:36 PM)  

Hi Pavithra,looks very good and very nice presentation! :)..

Rekha shoban  – (December 24, 2009 at 10:59 PM)  

Lovely presentation!!!yummy pongal with three different side dishes.

Red Chillies  – (December 24, 2009 at 11:06 PM)  

Looks good... wishing you and your family Happy Holidays!

Ash  – (December 25, 2009 at 12:08 AM)  

Yum! Just had pongal in a mini tiffin.....on my way back home from my doctor.... It was tasty.... I remembered it, looking at this prep of yours.... Well captured too....

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Cham  – (December 25, 2009 at 12:16 AM)  

Pongal and gojju are real winner!

chef and her kitchen  – (December 25, 2009 at 12:23 AM)  

Pongal is a very comfort brkfast dish dear...I even make it for lunch or dinner when short of time....but I never made so many side dishes along with it at once..among them pongal gojju is my fav combo wid pongal,but I prefer sambar wid pongal in restaurants...
I wish your family Merry Christmas andHappy New year dear..

Padhu Sankar  – (December 25, 2009 at 1:29 AM)  

Comforting food .Wishing you and your family a very Happy & Prosperous New Year.

Renus Kitchen  – (December 25, 2009 at 2:00 AM)  

very nice presentation and Happy holidays

Anu  – (December 25, 2009 at 3:28 AM)  

Yummy pongal... Nice presentation..

Unknown  – (December 25, 2009 at 5:38 AM)  

WOW What a presentation hmmmm mouthwatering.... dishes all time to have with tamarind gojju

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Poorna  – (December 25, 2009 at 7:19 AM)  

Hi Pavithra!
Yummy breakfast menu! Anupi vidunga!

kind regards,

Cynthia  – (December 25, 2009 at 8:35 AM)  

You've cooked some of my favourites here, thank you! :)

Happy Holidays to you and the family.

SE  – (December 25, 2009 at 12:24 PM)  

Nice presentation..everything looks so great !! Happy Holidays and A Very Happy New Year ahead !!

Saraswathy Balakrishnan  – (December 25, 2009 at 12:57 PM)  

Ohhh my my u are making me home-sick too often with ur recipes my dear:(A comforting yet simply delicious menu of the day:DDD

Sailaja Damodaran  – (December 25, 2009 at 4:31 PM)  

Mouth watering tiffin.All time favorite,Vada ia missing.......Visually had my breakfast

Unknown  – (December 25, 2009 at 4:47 PM)  

My all time fav..Looks tempting..feel like having some...:)Great with coconut chutney..YUM

Laavanya  – (December 25, 2009 at 8:02 PM)  

What a coincidence - just had a yummy dinner of ven pongal and here I see it on your blog with yummy accompaniments :)

Latha  – (December 26, 2009 at 4:19 AM)  

Wow!!!!my fav....I never add milk, will try ur version and let u know :).

Simply Life  – (December 26, 2009 at 6:16 AM)  

yum! i'm getting hungry looking at that - everything looks wonderful!

Uma  – (December 26, 2009 at 2:27 PM)  

yummy pongal! All the dishes are so tempting Pavithra :)

Happy Holidays!!

Raks  – (December 26, 2009 at 9:38 PM)  

Looks so tempting with those three sides :) I simply love chutney with pongal,but also with sambhar it tastes divine...I make brnjal gothsu with pongal some times,not the 3 at same time! Maximum sambhar and chutny!

Rachana  – (December 27, 2009 at 12:06 PM)  

Hey Pavithra,

Pongal looks yummm... will definitely try them.

Thanks for dropping by my blog..

Jen Kumar  – (December 27, 2009 at 12:48 PM)  

Pavithra. This is one of my favorite dishes! I have yet to try the onion gojju. What is the difference between gojju and kozhumbu? Thanks.

Dolly Sharma  – (December 27, 2009 at 5:23 PM)  

Beautiful Presentation. Would love to try ur delicious Ven POngal with hot tangy drumstick sambar, chutney and ur Tamarind great combo. One Pongal meal for me please. I really admire you for the patience and hard work involved in posting these Entire meal recipes into 1 post.

Parita  – (December 27, 2009 at 9:39 PM)  

Delicious feast dear!
Meal looks very comforting and satisfying..especially for the season :-)

Unknown  – (December 27, 2009 at 9:39 PM)  

Hey pavithra,I always love the Single-Pot dish,it is one of the comfort foods which I love to relish on any given day!!!
"VEN PONGAL WITH SAMBAR, CHUTNEY AND TAMARIND GOJJU" a great combo....Tangy touch has made it so special!!

Gita Jaishankar  – (December 28, 2009 at 5:23 AM)  

Same pinch Pavithra...I too made pongal today with sambar and chutney :)...tomato gojju sounds too delicious with pongal, will definitely try them next time with pongal...looks so tempting...Happy New Year Dear!

Rita  – (December 28, 2009 at 5:43 AM)  

Thank you for joining me; your pictures and recipes sound and look great; happy to join you and learn how to cook your special recipes

Anupama  – (December 28, 2009 at 6:06 PM)  

I'm sure this is one well-received combo. I love ven pongal any time and that too with all the three things that go well with it, you can count me in ;-). Very well presented Pavi!

my kitchen  – (December 31, 2009 at 3:19 AM)  

Yummy side dishes with pongal,Makes me hungry

sajith  – (January 4, 2010 at 3:41 AM)  

Happy Pongal to every readers of this blog

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Anu Nandu  – (January 12, 2010 at 10:32 AM)  

Looks very tempting! The side kicks for pongal are authentic and perfect!

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