Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Rice Pongal

Pongal is a comfort food for us and I prepare it once a week. I have heard that it is prepared as a breakfast dish in Tamil nadu. But for us its always a lunch menu. It's a complete food with rice, dal and veggies, so you get your carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals in one go. The best part is it can be prepared so quick in a pressure cooker and its such a simple recipe. Pongal is my first choice whenever I am lazy to cook or if I don't have time to spend in the kitchen. I have already posted the recipes of Cracked Wheat pongal  and Oats Pongal earlier. I prepare all these pongals in the same way and we love all the varieties.



What you need?

1 cup Rice
1/2 cup Moong dal
1/2 cup Veggies of your choice
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp crushed Peppercorns or ground Pepper
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
a pinch Asafoetida
4-5 Curry leaves
1/4 cup shredded Coconut (optional)
few Coriander leaves chopped
1 tsp Oil
4 cups Water
Salt

How to prepare?

Wash the rice and moong dal seperately, drain and keep aside.

Heat oil in pressure cooker. Splutter cumin seeds. Add crushed peppercorns or pepper powder and curry leaves, saute for few seconds. Add the moong dal and fry for a minute. Now add the rice and saute for a minute. Add vegetables to this and mix well. Pour in 4 cups of water. (I usually use 1:3 ratio for rice. Use your rice to water ratio and add an extra cup of water. It should work fine. Hence 4 cups of water here.) If you want it very mushy add more water.

Add salt, turmeric powder, asafoetida, coconut and corainder leaves. Mix well. Pressure cook for 3 whistles. Open when the pressure is completely released. Serve hot pongal with yogurt, pickle and papad.

Serves 3-4.








30 Tasty Comments:

JishasKitchen said...

pongal looks perfect and tempting....yumm!!

divya said...

Wow looks very tempting..yumm

Sumee said...

Nice warm pongal.. I always relish the ones that we get in temples., somehow that camphor smell makes it all difference I think. :o)

Uma said...

yes sobha. you are correct. we prepare it for breakfast and most of the time without vegetables. One of the famous food liked by all.

julie said...

Real comfort food with packed nutrition..I too prepared this today,same pinch..will post soon!

Gopika Ram said...

Ohh. I love pongal :) Yummy

Neha said...

We call it khichri and is my comfort food too..

Amina Khaleel said...

pongal looks fabulous... healthy and delicious...

cookingvarieties said...

hi sobha, never seen this before, especially with a yogurt topping;
ya, now i know what is papad, over here we call it papadam.. ha ha i learnt more new words from you ladies. have a nice word

aipi said...

A classic dish,beautifully presented!
USMasala

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Delicious comfort food, looks yummy.

Vani said...

Looks delicious with the warmth and flavor of pepper..

ANU said...

nice and colorful pongal!


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Mélange said...

Complete food.looks yummy.

Kaveri said...

Looks very yummy...like the addition of vegetables to the regular pongal

Deeksha said...

healthy n tasty meal.

Chandrani said...

Very healthy and classic dish.

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow yummy pongal,love it at any time...

Sharmilee! :) said...

Luv it hot with any chutney and sambar..looks so flavourful and yummy

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said...

Luks Colourful and Yum Rice Pongal Dear.Luv the recipe too.Yummmo

Madhura Manoj said...

Healthy & comforting food.

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jeyashrisuresh said...

we make this without veggies. healthy and yummy pongal

Priya said...

Super comforting pongal, inviting and my fav anytime.

Lizy said...

it has been years since I have this dish...very healthy

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks so comforting, I make in weekends to laze around,your version sounds very nice!

Treat and Trick said...

Healthy combo and filling!

Suja said...

Absolute comfort food,looks delicious..

Priya's Feast said...

Nice pongal with veggies...Luks so yumm

hemalata said...

Yummy pongal,looks so delicious.

jayarajmurukkumpuzha said...

adipoli ayittundu.........

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