Ven Pongal / Khara Pongal / Ghee Pongal Recipe

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Ven Pongal / Khara Pongal.

South Indian king of breakfasts Ven Pongal / Khara Pongal. Rice and dal/lentils cooked and tempered with cumin, pepper, ginger and ghee. With step by step pictures.

I was never a Ven Pongal fan until I became pregnant with my first born. I used to crave for a few things and Ven Pongal was high on that list. Not just any Ven Pongal. But Ven Pongal from a small little restaurant in San Jose called Komala Vilas. My husbands friend, whom we called Thambi used to come and stay with us over the weekends. Thambi is a foodie. He loved to eat out. So every Saturday, we would get up late, get ready and drive straight to Komala Vilas and have piping hot Pongal. Their Pongal was different. Pepper and Cumin was never whole in their Pongal. It was crushed, fried and then added. This little step took their dish to another different level. ‘What nicer thing can you do for somebody than make them breakfast?’ – Anthony Bourdain.
So lets make some awesome Pongal. Come with me.

Note: The rice dal ratio – Generally the ratio is 1 rice : 1/2 dal. You can go upto 1:1 to have a very rich pongal. If unsure go with the 1: 1/2 ratio.

Soak rice in water. Preferably raw rice. I used Sona Masuri rice. Once we have done that, lets roast some lentils. Take split moong dal and dry roast it on a very low flame until you can smell the roasted dal. It would take approximately 3 minutes. Don’t roast for long. Cook the dal and rice together in a pressure cooker with 4 cups of water for a good 15 minutes or 10-12 whistles. We need to cook it until well done. I dont add the rice and dal directly in the cooker. I place some water in the cooker and place a bowl inside and add the rice, dal and water to the bowl. This way the rice mixture does not scorch in the bottom.

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Coarsely grind pepper and cumin with the help of a mortar and pestle. Set aside. Mince a teaspoon of ginger very finely. You will need some green chillies and curry leaves too.

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Heat some ghee and oil in a pan. I used 2 tablespoons of ghee and a tablespoon of oil. Add in the broken cashew nut, ginger, curry leaves and green chillies. Roast on a low flame. Once the nuts are roasted add in the pepper-cumin mixture. Roast briefly for 20 seconds.
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Add in the cooked rice-dal mixture and salt. Mix everything to combine. Saute briefly for a minute or two. Remove off heat.

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Serve hot with chutney and sambar.

Here is the recipe for sambar

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Ven Pongal / Khara Pongal

South Indian king of breakfasts Ven Pongal / Khara Pongal. Rice and dal/lentils cooked and tempered with cumin, pepper, ginger and ghee.

  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 3 1x

Ingredients

Scale

Main Ingredients

  • 1 cup Raw rice (sona masuri)
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup split moong dal (see notes)
  • 4 cups water

Tempering Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon Ghee
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 2 Tablespoon broken cashewnut
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Soak rice in water. Take split moong dal and dry roast it on a very low flame until you can smell the roasted dal. It would take approximately 3 minutes. Don’t roast for long. Cook the dal and rice together in a pressure cooker with 4 cups of water for a good 15 minutes or 10-12 whistles.
  2. Coarsely grind pepper and cumin with the help of a mortar and pestle. Set aside.
  3. Heat some ghee and oil in a pan. I used 2 tablespoons of ghee and a tablespoon of oil. Add in the broken cashew nut, ginger, curry leaves and green chillies. Roast on a low flame. Once the nuts are roasted add in the pepper-cumin mixture. Roast briefly for 20 seconds.
  4. Add in the cooked rice-dal mixture and salt. Mix everything to combine. Saute briefly for a minute or two.
  5. Remove off heat.

Notes

The rice dal ratio – Generally the ratio is 1 rice : 1/2 dal. You can go upto 1:1 to have a very rich pongal. If unsure go with the 1: 1/2 ratio.

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: South Indian

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74 thoughts on “Ven Pongal / Khara Pongal / Ghee Pongal Recipe”

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  3. Virginia K.

    Your recipes are amazing! And I love the photos and instructions. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I had been wanting to cook all the foods I tried while in South India. It was the best food I’ve tasted in my life and your site is has helped me so much. For someone who is absolutely clueless, what type of chutney would you serve with this Pongal and the sambar?






    1. Ambika Devi

      Hello Suguna mam,
      First of all thank you so much for all your awesome recipes. I am also from coimbatore and so I love all your coimbatore style recipes and have tried many and the outcome was pretty good. The best part about your recipes are the small nuances and guidelines that you never forget to mention and surely it adds so much taste to the food. Please keep on cooking and help us too with the recipes. Lots of love.

  4. I tried this recipe today and it came out very well. I added a bit of asafoetida too. The ground pepper and Cummin made a whole lot of difference in the flavour. Thank you






  5. Dinesh kumar

    Hey kannammacooks

    Great points!

    When I started searching about Pongal recipes on the web, then I might be getting a little bit confused all the recipes providers are posting same content, but in between, I have seen your web, then I have noticed that your content is so impressive and has the so much uniqueness.

    I think you need to keep posting stuff like this.
    -Dinesh Kumar

  6. Thank you so much kannamma Garu..I tied your Pongal and my hubby finished it at a go…also I tried your idly batter which turned out awesome..

  7. Yesterday i tried this pongal n it was a hit in party.esc that pepper n jerra powderinnghee was another level..thanks.god bless

  8. Sudhakar Naraparaju

    Hi Suguna,

    I made it today. It came out really good! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will try a few more of your recipes soon.

    Thank you,
    Sudhakar Naraparaju






  9. Vimala Joseph

    It’s an awesome My Boys 12yrs and 8yrs, and my hubby never used to eat Pongal, but now when i followed this recipe, they just love it and it’s on demand, atleast once a week. Thank you so much






  10. Hi Suguna. I’m a beginner and preparing pongal for the first time. When should I add the salt?

  11. Akka
    Enaku pongal knjm watery consistency la vanthuchu
    Picture la ulla madiri varanum na water level la kuraikalama
    Apadina
    Evlo water kammi pana?
    Reply akka pls






  12. Priya Srinivasa

    One more recipe that came out finger licking good!!! I never get the flavor or the rice consistency correct, but this time I followed the recipe to the T, except that I added a little bit more cooked rice in the end. But the flavors..yummm…hubby wiped the kadai clean :-). Happy Pongal!






  13. Donna Joshi

    Hii…
    Thanks heaps for this cut to cut details of the recipe, this is very similar to the KHICHDI preparation of the north, only the tempering is different






  14. Usually for Venn pongal the rice and dhal ratio is 4:1 or 3:1 depending on the need. But first time I am seeing half and half. Won’t it be more mushy like paruppu sadham or this recipe demands this much dhal? But the recipe is awesome. I can feel the flavours by seeing the picture. Please clarify me since I am planning to make a big batch for my guests…






  15. Himali Mandekar

    Thank you Kannamma for sharing yet another delicious recipe. It turned out very well. I have a question about dry roasting the dal, doesn’t this have to be washed first ? I know it’s a silly question I am a novice cook so apologies for my ignorance.
    I love reading your blog, most of your recipes are foolproof which is really helpful to people like me.






    1. Hi Himali, You can roast it first and then wash it if you want to.
      When making masala etc, we use the dal as is right. We do not wash.
      But, Its a nice thing to wash to be sure that the dal is clean.

  16. Narasimhan

    The description itself is very appetizing.

    Please provide the recipe for various chutnies please.






  17. R. Chandramouli

    Your recipes are good. I tried your sambar it was also nice and tasty, but that is not similar to Ratnacafe Sambar. I will give you the exact Rathna cafe sambar receipe by mail, if you wish.

  18. R. Chandramouli

    Hi Nice recipe. But why hing is not added. We generally add hing and half the ginger with dhal n rice and pressure cook. Once the cooker is opened we add halfcup of mil n mix it and then all your other procedures followed.

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  20. Thank u so much for dis recepie.. It came out too good.. My son n husband loved it.. Jus tried dis morning.. Superb:)






  21. Going to try it out tonight. Trust it to be as tasty as it should be. Thanks in advance. I have seen some dry roast the cumin on the kadai or tawa before crushing for it to have the aroma in the dish

  22. Thank you for your well educative and appetizing recipes. You have really made a wonderful life to your site with Hong kong life and really it takes a real net shopping like window shopping. Thank you and wishing you more and more successful adventure recipes.

  23. Nice you like Tamil,it is really new thing that you grind pepper and cumin seeds.let me try tomorrow .






  24. Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe. I learned to eat Pongal at Chennai during my recent trip and wanted to try out. Found your recipe online. Will try it this weekend. Tq

  25. thanks for this awesome pongal recipe. Made it for breakfast today. Just too good and simple to make.

  26. Awesome recipe Kannamma, I prepared Ven Pongal this morning for the first time, my husband and in-laws loved it. πŸ™‚
    Easy and clear step by step instruction.
    Looking forward to try many other recipes from your website.
    πŸ˜€






  27. Hi Suguna,

    I knw Vinodh n u while in SD …felt like having pongal today …was excited to c dat it is ur recipe…
    I still rmmbr the taste of ur yummy mango cake u got for team potluck !!






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