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Ven Pongal Recipe

Updated on July 13, 2011

Ven pongal is a popular south Indian breakfast recipe and a definite item in the menu for any Pongal celebration in South India. Learn how to make Ven Pongal by following this simple recipe. Pongal is made with raw rice, moong dal and seasoned with ginger, peppercorns, cumin seeds and cashewnuts. You can serve Ven Pongal with sambar and chutney. I have also included Ven Pongal recipe video at the end of this hub.


Check out this hub on How to make Pongal Chutney as it goes well with Ven Pongal.

Ven Pongal
Ven Pongal

Ven Pongal recipe in steps


  • Raw rice - 1 cup
  • Moong dal - 1/4 cup
  • Grated ginger - 1 teaspoon
  • Black peppercorns - 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Ghee - 3 tablespoons
  • Bunch of curry leaves for seasoning
  • Roasted cashewnuts - 12
  • Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
  • Water - 6 cups
  • Salt to taste

How to make ven pongal:

Wash rice and moong dal and rinse completely. Cook the rice and moong dal with 6 cups of water and salt in the pressure cooker for up to 6 whistles. Transfer the cooked rice into a serving bowl. Heat ghee in a small pan, add peppercorns, cumin seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves and cashewnuts. Pour this into cooked rice and mix well. Serve ven pongal with sambar and chutney.

Tips: You can also cook ven pongal by using pan or rice cooker.

How to make ven pongal:


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      Jab 4 years ago

      Excellent! Will try now!

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      5 years ago

      where did you get the recipie?

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      muna 5 years ago

      where is the ginger?

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      Mohan das 5 years ago

      Very tasty

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      Chetana 6 years ago

      It was very nice.. and I prepared it successfully with great taste.. Thanks!!

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      SPriya 7 years ago

      I like your commentary. Very natural and spontaneous !