Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pongal

#RicePongal - #Pongal - #Venpongal :
Pongal is one of the tastiest dishes prepared for breakfast in the state of Tamil Nadu,  India. I always used to order pongal for breakfast at restaurants whenever I have to take morning breakfast outside. 
Usually hot steamy pongal is served with onion sambar and coconut chutney ... mmm... no chance at all!! 
But my grandmother and my mother used to prepare a special coconut thuvaiyal ( chutney ) with mustard seeds and urad dhal and the pongal tastes too good with it!
Now let us see the method of preparing pongal.

Pongal




Ingredients:
3/4 cupRaw rice [ pacharisi ]
1/4 cupGreen gram split
1 1/2 TspCumin seeds
1 TspBlack Pepper
1/2 TspBlack Pepper powder
1/4 TspTurmeric powder
1 or 2Green chilly, split lengthwise [ optional ]
10 - 15Curry leaves
3 clovesGarlic, nicely chop
1 TspGinger nicely chopped
To Temper:
4 to 5Cashew nuts
1 TspCumin seeds
1 TspBlack Pepper
8 - 10Curry leaves
3 TspGhee

Method :
Wash Rice & Paruppu thoroughly.
Put washed Rice, Paruppu & all other ingredients in a Pressure Cooker.
Add 3 1/4 Cups of water.
Keep on High flame with weight ON.
After 1 Whistle keep burner to SIM & allow it to cook for 5 to 7 mins.

Turn off the stove. Open the lid of the cooker only after steam has come down.


In the meantime heat a kadai on a stove over slow flame with a tsp of ghee. 
Crackle cumin and the add pepper corns.
Finally add curry leaves once the pepper starts crackling.
Now open the cooker.
Transfer the tempering into the pongal.
Again heat the kadai with 1 Tsp of ghee.
Fry cashew nuts till golden and transfer into the pongal.
Now add 1 Tsp of pepper powder also into the pongal.
Mix well adding one or two teaspoon of ghee.

Take one ladle full of Pongal in a plate & top it with Ghee.
Eat when its very very hot with Coconut Chutney or Sambar or Thuvaiyal or Curd or Sugar.



Other Variants:
Rawa(Sooji) Pongal, Samba Rawa Pongal, Oats Pongal.

Rawa & Soft Oats take lesser time to cook. So it is advisable to cook dhal beforehand.

All the measurements are same except that add 31/2 cups of water for Rawa and 2 - 21/2 cups for oats.









Other #Pongal varieties you might like to try


Rawa pongal
rava pongal
Varagarisi [ kodo millet ] kothamalli pongal
varagu kothamalli ..
broken wheat [ dahliah ] pongal
broken wheat pongal
kuthiraivaali [ barnyard millet ] pongal
kuthiraivaali pongal

For other tiffin varieties

Tiffin - Breakfast / Dinner