How to Cook Pongal

Pongal is a South Indian dish. There are two varieties, one sweet and the other spicy. There is a Pongal festival also called Pongal, named after this dish, that is served at the festival. Here is a recipe for an easy and quick dish that tastes delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (237 gm) rice
  • 1/4 cup (60 gm) moong dal, traditionally prepared mung beans
  • Sugar to taste
  • Cashews for garnishing (5 - 10)
  • 2 tbsp margarine or ghee
  • 6 cups (1.4 l) water

Steps

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    Assemble the ingredients.
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    Wash rice and dal together and drain well.
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    In the rice cooker, heat 1 tablespoon (14.8 ml) of ghee.
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    Add rice, dal and fry until the ghee coats the mixture.
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    Add the rest of ingredients, except for the cashews.
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    Add water cover and cook.
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    Keep testing the water level and stir frequently, as it has a tendency to stick to the bottom.
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    Mash rice and dal mixture once cooked.
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    Garnish fully mashed rice and dal mixture with cashews.

Tips

  • Using a rice cooker for this dish makes it easier to test and reduces the waiting time.
  • Add some Karumbu Sakkarai, raw cane sugar for the traditional taste.

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Categories: Indian Desserts