Pongal is a very famous South Indian Breakfast made with Rice, Yellow Moong Dal and tempered with variety of Nuts and Spices. Pongal Recipe was originally invented in Tamil Nadu, South India and it is very common breakfast in South India. Pongal Recipe is very easy and fast cooking recipe and it can be made in 15-20 minutes.
There are various varieties of Pongal dish and its named different in Tamil and Telugu.
Types of Pongal:
- Sakarai Pongal, this kind of pongal is usually sweet and it is served in temples as prasad.
- Ven Pongal, this kind of pongal is white and served as breakfast.
- Melagu Pongal / Khara Pongal, this type of pongal is spicy variant made with pepper, rice and moong daal.
- Puli Pongal, this kind of pongal is made with tamarind and boiled rice.
Today we are going to make Melagu Pongal / Khara Pongal which is little spicy in flavor and is the most famous Pongal. Lets start cooking Pongal Recipe.
Ingredients required for making Pongal Recipe at home (Rice and Dal)
Following are the ingredients for Tempering of Pongal (Ghee, Cashew nuts, Black Peppercorns, Cumin Seeds and Curry leaves).Fry Rice and Dal for few minutes on a low flame. Heat about 3 cups of water in a pressure cooker. Add rice and dal. Mix well.Mix in Salt to taste. Cover the pressure cooker with its lid and cook it for 4-5 whistles. When the mixture of Rice and Dal is done, then take it out from the pressure cooker and mash the contents very well. Melt ghee in another pan and add Cumin Seeds, Curry leaves, Black Peppercorns and Cashew nuts. Fry the tempering on low flame for few seconds.Pour the tempering mixture over Dal and Rice.
Your Pongal is now ready.
How to make Pongal Recipe: