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. 

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
Ven Pongal
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Servings Prep Time
4 serving 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 serving 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ven Pongal
Ven Pongal
Yum
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 serving 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 serving 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Moong dal
  • 1 cup Rice (I used Sona masoori rice)
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • ½ tsp Peppercorns (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp Cumin Ground
  • to taste Salt
For tempering:
  • ½ tsp Cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp Asafoetida
  • 2 Ginger " - finely grated
  • 3 chilies Green - slit
  • Curry leaves - few
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. Coarsely grind peppercorns and cumin seeds and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Add ½cup of  water if necessary to get to a porridge like consistency.
Recipe Notes

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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0 thoughts on “Ven Pongal & Gosthu”

  1. 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.

  2. our family fav – awesome clicks Pavani ! happy to do the BM with you this month too :-)Kalyani 200th Post & GiveawayEvent Ends 30th Nov: Flavours of China

  3. Hubby’s favorite combo .. yummy.VardhiniCheckout my 200th Post GiveawayEvent: Bake FestEvent: Dish it Out – Soy and Tomatoes

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