November 27, 2011

Ven Pongal & Gosthu

For Day 5 of BM# 10 under Winter Special theme, I have a very comforting and hearty combo, Ven Pongal & Gosthu. I'm sure these dishes are made all year round, but a hot bowl of pongal with the hearty vegetable & lentil curry just warms you up from within, making it a very special winter dish in my opinion. 
Ven Pongal
Recipe for Ven Pongal is adapted from Chandra Padmanabhan's Dakshin cookbook and I made Suganya's gosthu to go along with it. A perfect way to end a looong day of shopping. 
Ven Pongal
Ingredients:
Moong dal - ½cup
Rice - 1cup (I used Sona masoori rice)
Turmeric - ¼tsp
Peppercorns - ½tsp (or to taste)
Ground Cumin - 1tsp 
Salt - to taste

For tempering:
Cumin seeds - ½tsp
Asafoetida - ¼tsp
Ginger - 2" piece, finely grated
Green chilies - 3, slit
Curry leaves - few

Method
  • Coarsely grind peppercorns and cumin seeds and set aside.
  • Roast moong dal and rice separately. Mix together, wash well and cook along with turmeric and 4½cups of water for 3-4 whistles or until both rice and lentil are very soft.
  • Heat 2tbsp ghee and 1tbsp oil in a large saucepan, add the cumin-pepper powder and all the tempering ingredients and once the seeds start changing color, add the cooked rice mixture along with salt.
  • Add ½cup of  water if necessary to get to a porridge like consistency. 
Ven Pongal


Serve hot with gosthu or coconut chutney or as is.

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked for Day 5 of BM# 10.
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19 comments:

  1. Agree nothing like a dose of pongal to warm!..looks very inviting..

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  2. Pongal is very Inviting..something that I have never cooked...but wenever my daughter comes from chennai she makes it and we all love it.

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  3. I was just talking to mom about having pongal for breakfast and here I see your post.Looks delicious.Am hungry now.

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  4. love pongal for breakfast. lovely combination.

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  5. Wowwwwwwwwww... mouth watering here.. looks so delicious and tempting.. love the presentation too !!
    Indian Cuisine

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  6. Anytime comfort breakfast..looks and sounds yum

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  7. Wonderful combo, would love to have anytime.

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  8. our family fav - awesome clicks Pavani ! happy to do the BM with you this month too :-)

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  9. beautiful, payasam is hubby's fav sweet, thanks for sharing recipe

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  10. I too want to post pongal for a long time. I too make the same way. clicks are awesome :)

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  11. Love this combo. Both looks yum . awesome cicks.

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  12. Awesome combo! Great weekend lasy breakfast option!

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