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Ven Pongal recipe

Malsha Somarathna
Ven Pongal is a traditional Soth Indian food. It is known also Khara Pongal. This is the main dish that contains in the Pongal festival and Sankranti festival. It is made with rice, split yellow mung dal, ghee, cumin, ginger, pepper and curry leaves. The "ven Pongal" name comes from two Tamil words. "Ven" means "white" Pongal comes from the word of Tamil "pongu" means "to boil over". There are two types of ven Pongal. They are sweet or savory.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2


  • 1 cup Raw Rice
  • 1/2 cup Moong Dal
  • 4 tbsp Ghee
  • 3 Green Chilies
  • 1 piece Ginger
  • 5 cup Water
  • Salt
  • 12 Cashew Nuts
  • 1 tbsp Papper Powder
  • Curry Leaves


  • Take a pot and add rice and moong dal to it.
  • Then they roast them for 2 minutes.
  • Wash them 2-3 times.
  • Strain the water.
  • Add 2tbsp ghee, chopped ginger, green chilies to the cooker and mix them well.
  • Then add rice and dal to the cooker.
  • Add 5 cups of water, and pinch of salt to the rice.
  • Cover and let it cook.
  • After cooking well, keep this aside.
  • Then, take another pot and add 2 tbsp ghee.
  • Next, add cashew nuts and roast until golden.
  • Then add pepper powder, cumin seed and curry leaves.
  • Mix them and turn off the heat.
  • Next, it adds to the cooked rice and dal.
  • If you want you can add more ghee.
  • Now the ven pongal is ready.
Keyword Indian dish, Pongal, ven pongal