Pongal Recipe


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:

  1. Sakarai Pongal, this kind of pongal is usually sweet and it is served in temples as prasad.
  2. Ven Pongal, this kind of pongal is white and served as breakfast.
  3. Melagu Pongal / Khara Pongal, this type of pongal is spicy variant made with pepper, rice and moong daal.
  4. 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)

Ingredients for making Pongal RecipeFollowing are the ingredients for Tempering of Pongal (Ghee, Cashew nuts, Black Peppercorns, Cumin Seeds and Curry leaves).Tempering of Pongal RecipeFry Rice and Dal for few minutes on a low flame. Pongal Recipe Step 1Heat about 3 cups of water in a pressure cooker. Pongal Recipe Step 2Add rice and dal. Mix well.Mix in Salt to taste. Pongal Recipe Step 3Cover the pressure cooker with its lid and cook it for 4-5 whistles. Pongal Recipe Step 4When the mixture of Rice and Dal is done, then take it out from the pressure cooker and mash the contents very well. Pongal Recipe Step 5Melt ghee in another pan and add Cumin Seeds, Curry leaves, Black Peppercorns and Cashew nuts. Pongal Recipe Step 6Fry the tempering on low flame for few seconds.Pour the tempering mixture over Dal and Rice. Pongal Recipe Step 7

Your Pongal is now ready.


How to make Pongal Recipe:

Pongal Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 3 cups

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories per serving: 270

Fat per serving: 4g

Pongal Recipe

Pongal is very famous Rice dish in South India made with Rice, Yellow Moong Dal and tempered with Ghee, Spices and Nuts. This is Melagu Pongal / Khara Pongal Recipe.


  • 1 cup Rice
  • 1/2 cup Split yellow moong dal (pasi paruppu)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 4-5 whole black peppercorns
  • Few curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, finely chopped
  • 6-7 cashew nuts
  • 1 teaspoon ghee / oil
  • Salt to taste


  1. Fry Rice and Moong Dal for few seconds on a low flame. Both should be just enough hot, when you touch it, hence do not over fry it.
  2. Now mix Rice and Dal in a pressure cooker and add about 3 cups of water. Add salt to taste and cook for 4-5 whistles. Make sure that rice should become mushy after cooking.
  3. Open the cooker once the pressure subsides and mash the contents well.
  4. Let’s start preparing its tempering now, heat about 1 teaspoon of oil or ghee in a pan and add cumin seeds. When the seeds starts spluttering, then add chopped ginger, few curry leaves and black peppercorns. Saute for a few seconds and then add few cashew nuts. Mix everything very well and pour this tempering over dal and rice mixture. Cook for 2 more minutes on low flame.
  5. Your Pongal is now readly. Serve it hot with Sambar and Coconut Chutney.


You can grate some coconut over Pongal just before serving. You can use crushed peppercorns for the tempering.



  1. Very good recipe. Being a bachelor I have tried this and it has come out well. Easy to prepare and needs less effort. I have recommended this link to many colleagues / friends.

  2. I belong to Tamil family and this Pongal is worshiped dish in my home. My whole family is thankful for your such a nice posting


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