Archive for December 11th, 2007

Quick and Easy Khara Pongal

Pongal is a traditional recipe made in South India for the Sankranthi festival. Pongal is usually made with ghee, you can use ghee instead of oil. Ghee does gives a better taste.


  • 2 cups Rice
  • 1 and 1/2 cups hesaru bele or moong dal
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • Whole and ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp Jeera – Cumin
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 6-7 cashew nuts chopped
  • pinch of hing
  • 4 tsp Oil
  • 3 green chillies


In the pressure cooker, add oil. When it becomes hot, add the mustard seeds, jeera, curry leaves, green chillies, cashew nuts, haldi, black pepper and fry for a few minutes. Next, add the moong dal and fry. Next, add the rice and fry until the rice changes color.

Finally, add 5 cups of water , and also salt to taste. Close the pressure cooker, and allow for 3 whistles. Pongal is done. Enjoy with gojju.

Khara Pongal

You can find the recipe for Sweet Pongal and Gojju here:

  1. Sweet Pongal
  2. Gojju
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