Ven Pongal

Ven Pongal Recipe

Ven Pongal is very easy to make and time-saving recipe, which is a great idea for a quick and tasty breakfast. Below is the recipe to this healthy dish. Do no confuse this with the sweet dish ‘Pongal’.


  1. Rice – 3/4 cup
  2. Moong dal – 1/4 cup
  3. Pepper corns (Black Pepper) – 10
  4. Ginger – small piece
  5. Zeera (Cumin seeds) – 1 tsp
  6. Ghee – 3tbsp
  7. Cashew nuts – 10
  8. Oil – 2 tsp
  9. Salt – as needed


  • Wash and then soak the rice and moong dal for 15 minutes.
  • Take a cooker pan and add oil to it.
  • Heat the oil for a few seconds and put the cumin seeds and ginger cut into very small pieces into the oil.
  • Add the pepper corns also and let it fry with the cumin and ginger for one minute or till you get the good aroma of the cumin seeds.
  • Add two spoons of ghee to the pan.
  • Add the rice and moong dal to the pan and fry slightly for 30 seconds.
  • Add 3 and half cups water to the pan along with salt as needed.
  • Close the cooker and let it cook till 3 whistles come. Then switch off the stove.
  • Fry the cashew nuts in the remaining ghee separately and keep it aside.
  • After the steam is released, add the fried cashew nuts to the rice and mix well.
Ven Pongal
Ven Pongal

Transfer the contents to a hot pack and serve the dish hot. Ven Pongal goes very well with ‘Coconut chutney‘(see my simple recipe) or even ‘Onion raitha’.

About Priyadarshini Rajendran 97 Articles
Priyadarshini Rajendran is a travel enthusiast, avid reader and a passionate writer. She has a few of her books published with more in the pipeline. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a software consultant taking breaks for her travels.

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