(Both Sweet and Khara(spicy) Pongal Recipes)

First of all wish you all a very Happy Sankranthi!So thought of sharing the traditional Pongal recipe today:)
INGREDIENTS For Sweet Pongal
  • Rice - 1 cup
  • Moong Dal - 1/2 cup
  • Milk - 1 cup
  • Jaggery - About 200 grams.
  • Cashewnuts - About 10-12
  • Ghee - 5-6 Tsp.
  • Raisins- 10-12 nos
  • Few strands of saffron
  • 2.5 to 3 cups of water

How to Make
  • Take a saucepan and dry roast the moong dal in it. 
  • Cook the rice and moong dal with 2 1/2 cups of water and 1 cup of milk in the saucepan. 
  • Take another saucepan and dissolve the jaggery in 3/4 cup water and cook on a low heat till the jaggery melts. (Note:Strain the jaggery to remove the dirt) 
  • Heat the jaggery syrup again and stir till it becomes slightly sticky. 
  • Add the cooked rice and dal. Mix well.
  • Seasoning:  Cashews,Raisins in  ghee and add to the Pongal .
  • Mix well and serve hot.

INGREDIENTS For Avarekai Khara(Spicy) Pongal

  • 1 cup Rice
  • 1 cup moong dal
  • 10-15 peppercorns
  • 1 cup Avarekai(Hyacinth bean)--(this is a karnataka speciality to do Avarekai pongal during Sankranthi..Try it ..you will definitely like it!)
  • 6-7 green chillies
  • Coriander leaves
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 3-4 tsp ghee
  • Mustard seeds 1 tsp
How to make:
  • Take a saucepan and dry roast moong dal and peppercorn.
  • Take a pressure cooker and add Rice ,2.5 cup of water,turmeric powder and roasted mixture to it.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Pressure cook till the rice and dal are very soft.
  • In another saucepan,add ghee. Seasoning with mustard seeds, cut chillies,coriander and curry leaves.
  • Tranfer these to the pressure cooker ,once the cooker cools down.
  • Mix well the contents.
  • Serve hot with Huli Menthya Gojju.

Recipe for HuliMenthya gojju(Sour Tangy Sauce)
  • Tamarind paste - 3 tsp
  • Rasam powder-  1 tsp
  • Fenugreek (methi) seeds-1 tsp
  • Jaggery (Powdered)-1tsp

How to make:
  • Mix tamarind juice with  1.5 cups of water.
  • Add rasam powder ,Jaggery and salt.
  • Boil well.
  • Season with fenugreek seeds and boil again.
  • Serve with khara pongal.


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  2. You have not mentioned when to add avarekai

    1. Sorry..it was a typo..please add it to the pressure cooker..follow bullet 2.


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