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Khara pongal recipe

by Jeyashri suresh
“Ven Pongal recipe with video and step by step pictures, A popular South Indian breakfast made by cooking rice and lentils, garnished with cumin, whole pepper and cashews topped with ghee. Ven Pongal or Khara Pongal is a popular South Indian breakfast recipe made with raw rice and yellow moong lentils. In Tamil Brahmin households, we make this Ven Pongal in the month of
Margazhi, also called as Dhanur maasam. Nothing like savouring this delicious
Pongal with chutney and sambar along with a piping hot cup of filter coffee. I
sometimes also make Ven Pongal for dinner. Nowadays, many of us refrain from
eating white rice due to health reasons. Hence, I have also tried making Ven Pongal
by replacing rice with either millets Thinai Ven Pongal or sooji Rava Ven

Ven pongal recipe

  Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 30 Mins |Serves: 4-5

     Raw rice | sona masoori  1 cup
     Yellow moong dal  1/2 cup
     Asafoetida  2 pinches
     Ghee  2 tblsp + 1 tsp
     Oil   1 tblsp
     Cumin seeds  1 tsp
     Pepper  1 tsp
     Ginger grated  1 tblsp
     Cashew nuts  8-10
     Salt   as needed 
     Milk   1/4 cup (optional)
     Curry leaves   few
                                                 Video of how to make ven pongal




  • Roast the rice and dal in a pressure cooker for 5 minutes. Let it be just hot enough. Do not burnt.
  • Add 5 cups of water and asafoetida and 1 tsp ghee to this.
  • Ghee gives a soft texture to the ven pongal, you can add oil also.
  • Pressure cook till 4-5 whistles.
  • When it is done, add salt and mash this nicely with the back of the ladle.
  • Add milk to this and mash it well. Adding milk gives a creamy texture. If you do not want skip it. You can add 1/4 cup of hot water.
  • In a pan, add the ghee and oil and throw in the black pepper, cumin seeds,ginger and  curry leaves  when it crackles add the cashew nuts and saute in a low flame till it becomes golden brown colour.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Mix the spices to the cooked rice and dal.


  1. Many times I have tried ven pongal with parboiled rice also and that turned out well.
  2. Pepper, cumin seeds, curry leaves can be crushed coarsely and added to this.
  3. You can add a pinch of turmeric powder while cooking the pongal. If adding add it while pressure cooking it.
  4. Adding asafoetida while cooking the ven pongal gives a wonderful flavor, so do not skip this step.
  5. Adding ghee or oil before cooking the rice, gives a nice texture and softness to the Ven pongal.

Check out my Tiffin Sambar recipe
Check out my Sakkarai Pongal | Sweet Pongal Recipe.

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Sudha Sabarish December 16, 2011 - 6:11 am

Perfectly done Jai.Just tempting.

Kalpana Sareesh December 16, 2011 - 6:13 am

Jeyashri - romba pasikudhu.. am on strict diet n this yummy pongal is making me mad.. awesome n perfectly made.. looks like kovil pongal so mussshhyy ..my husband would love it this way..

Sharmilee! :) December 16, 2011 - 6:16 am

Flavourful and yummy pongal...

RAKS KITCHEN December 16, 2011 - 6:20 am

The dhonnai and pongal makes me drool seriously 🙂

Sushma Madhuchandra December 16, 2011 - 6:22 am

nice presentation on dhonnai. Wish I could get them as prasadam now :p

Satya December 16, 2011 - 6:47 am

very tempting pongal...very quick n easy ...yummy

Kaveri December 16, 2011 - 9:12 am

An all time favorite in our house..Love the way you've presented it in Donnais

Chitra December 16, 2011 - 10:57 am

its been a long time i want to post pongal.ur presentation is awesome. Lovely clicks 🙂

Prathibha December 16, 2011 - 10:58 am

very delicious pongal...looks yummmm...love ur presentation.:)

Prathima Rao December 16, 2011 - 11:33 am

This is too tempting!!
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Kurinji December 16, 2011 - 1:00 pm

pasiyai thooonduthunga....
Kurinji Kathambam

Tina December 16, 2011 - 1:40 pm

Beautiful clicks and pongal..

Vrinda December 16, 2011 - 2:02 pm

Heard abt this dish a lot..looks n sounds yumm,Thanx for sharing..

Hamaree Rasoi December 16, 2011 - 3:16 pm

Very tasty and nutritious looking pongal. Excellent preparation.

Hamaree Rasoi

Nagalakshmi V December 16, 2011 - 3:37 pm

jey, absolutely love the pictures in this post 🙂 superb-aa irukku!

Hari Chandana December 16, 2011 - 3:53 pm

Looks absolutely good.. inviting clicks !!
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Rachana December 16, 2011 - 5:40 pm

Delicious and flavourful pongal.

Nisha December 16, 2011 - 7:43 pm

Beautiful pongal recipe.

Sobha Shyam December 16, 2011 - 9:50 pm

love this pongal, my comfort food..

Vardhini December 17, 2011 - 7:07 am

Pongal looks yummy and nice presentation.

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MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. December 17, 2011 - 9:29 am

Yumm Ven Pongal recipe Dear.Deliciously presented. Luv it

Priya's Feast December 17, 2011 - 4:42 pm

Pongal luks so delicious...Luvly click,jayashri

Priya December 19, 2011 - 11:29 am

All time favorite in our house,makes me hungry.

Urmi December 19, 2011 - 2:57 pm

Very beautifully and perfectly prepared. Looks tempting.

Shyamala S September 12, 2012 - 12:06 pm

Wat difference does it make wen we add milk.

admin September 12, 2012 - 1:31 pm

Adding milk will give a creamy texture. You can skip that too

villageidiot September 29, 2012 - 10:03 am

When to add salt? And how many grams are one cup?

villageidiot October 3, 2012 - 5:53 pm

Thanks. Simple language. Clear instructions. High clarity of thought. God bless. I have 2 questions. Could you please tell us How to make puffy puris & how to make "seerannam" ?

admin October 4, 2012 - 2:50 pm

Thank u so much for your sweet words. Will post the recipe for poori soon

Paramasivam Kandaswamy June 2, 2013 - 4:23 am

Addition of pinch of perungayam (Asafoetida/Hing)enhances flavor and helps for easy digestion.

happu honey December 7, 2013 - 5:58 am

very useful really good information thanks for posting such a good information it will hepls the people a lot keep it up , Regards,
chakkara pongal recipe

MURUGAN March 28, 2015 - 8:40 pm

Neenga sonnamathiri mutual muraya panna. Romba nalla irunthathu Mikka nandri

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Vani December 27, 2015 - 8:04 am

U r family is lucky to have u...i tried the paal paniyaram recipe...my son addicted to the paniyaram...thank u very much u r recipes are simple and delicious...?

Unknown October 6, 2016 - 12:09 pm

Must add a pinch of asafoetida for excellent flavor and taste.

Kamali Prathiba December 8, 2016 - 4:26 pm

Aftr sometime pongal become dry ?? Wt to do to avoid it ??

jeyashri suresh January 5, 2017 - 7:18 am

Boil 1/2 cup of water into a rolling boil and add it to the pongal while stirring it. This will keep it moist and even if you feel it is dry, you can sprinkle some very hot water and make it loosen and moist.

Grandhi Veena July 30, 2017 - 12:27 am

Awesome Pongal... Turned out perfect and yummy. Enjoyed thoroughly with family... Thanks you!

reena subhagan January 14, 2018 - 3:35 am

Happy Pongal! Today I made this Pongal for breakfast with Onion gotsu as recommended. This is my first time cooking both dishes. It came out so perfectly and delicious. Thanks for your clear instructions.

Jeyashris Kitchen January 15, 2018 - 3:00 am

Thank you so much for the feedback Reena.


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