Monday, September 16, 2013

Khara Pongal | Ven Pongal - Step by Step | South Indian Breakfast Recipe | Festival Recipes

Khara pongal

Khara Pongal / Ven pongal is a tasty and filling breakfast in the morning. It is also prepared during festival times. I just love the smell of the thalippu which we do during the pongal. Ven Pongal with medhu vadai is a awesome combination. If I happen to go to hotel in the morning, I always go for pongal with vadai only than any other breakfast. I already posted ven pongal, but this is with step by step pictures and here I am going to cook the dal and rice separately. Lets see how to prepare basic Ven pongal in step by step method.

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ven pongal recipe

How to make Ven Pongal / Khara Pongal Recipe

Preparation time: 5 min | Cook Time: 15min | Serves:4
Recipe Category: Break fast | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

  • Raw Rice - 2 cups
  • Paasi Paruppu (Split yellow moong dal) - 1 cup
  • Ghee - 6 to 8 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1 tsp
  • Ginger - 1 inch (cut into small pieces)
  • Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
  • Cashews - a 15 to 18
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Salt - as per taste ( I used 3/4 tsp)
  • Water - 6 cups for rice and 2 cups for dal

ven pongal


1. Take the 2 cups raw rice and 1 cup dal.
2. Place the rice and dal in the cooker with enough water as mentioned. Here I have kept them separately as shown. You can also add them together. Close the cooker lid and cook for 4 whistles.
3. Now mix the dal and rice together, adding the required salt.
4. In another pan, add the ghee and when it is hot add the cumin seeds, black pepper, curry leaves, ginger, asafoetida, cashews and fry till cashews become golden brown colour.
5. Now transfer this content to the cooked rice and dal and mix well.
6. Add some more ghee if you are not health concerned.
7. Mix well and serve hot with sambar and chutney.

khara pongal

1. If you are using dalda, you can add half ghee + half dalda. I used fully ghee only.
2. If the pongal is bit dry, you can add, 3 to 4 tsp, hot water, to make the perfect consistency.
3. If the pongal is watery, you can cook for some more time, till it comes to the correct consistency.
how to make ven pongal

Delicious and tasty ven pongal is ready to be eaten. 

17 lovely comments:

Shama Nagarajan

droolign pongal pa

Nandita SS

Ven Pongal looks scrumptious!!! It's my favorite comfort food!! Loved it Akila :)


venpongal looks perfect and super tempting

nandoos kitchen

wonderful. clear illustration

on-going event: healthy breakfast


Lovely pongal dear!

Priya Anandakumar

ven pongal is my fav, urs looks awesome and inviting...

Suja Manoj

Drool worthy and filling,thanks for sharing.


looks so marvelous!!!Loved the flavors :)

Nava K

My take is the savory version because I am not much into sweet stuff. Love the aromatic and wonderful flavors of kara.

Manav Singhi

Looking Yummy, I will Surely try ven Pongal pretty soon. . . Have a Nice Day. . . :)

Nilu A

Perfect dish for breakfast.. My comfort food.. Loved this Akila :-)


I really love this pongal. Well presented with nice pictures.


i just love it with lots and lots of sambar and chutney :)


wow such an drool worthy platter :) venpongal looks super inviting and tempting me dear !!

Priya Suresh

Love to start my day with this beautiful dish, filling breakfast.

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory)

Looks yummy, liked your idea of cooking rice & lentil in the same pan :)


I really need to try your south indian dishes, they all look so amazing. I vaguely remember what Pongal tastes like.

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