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Semiya Pongal / Vermicelli Pongal

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Semiya / Vermicelli Pongal Ven Pongal or Khaara Pongal is the Staple and Popular Breakfast of Tamil nadu, which is made usually with Rice and Moongh dal. It is also a healthy and heavy breakfast spiced up with sautéing peppers, ginger and cumin seeds in Ghee. Since it gives a feeling of heaviness and guiltiness of having rice for breakfast too, I often pair poha, millets and oats with moongh dal and make this Ven Pongal which turns out tasty. This time I tried Vermicelli pongal and it is a quick, easy, delicious and healthy breakfast. Serve this hot with any chutney or sambar...
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Recipe CategoryVegetarian
Served AsBreakfast
CuisineSouth Indian
Servings 3


  • Roasted Vermicelli 3 cups 200 gms
  • Moongh dal 3 tb spoons
  • Coarsely powdered pepper and cumin seeds 2 tea spoons together
  • Finely chopped Ginger 1 tea spoon
  • Cashews few
  • Hingh powder 1/4 tea spoon
  • Turmeric powder a pinch
  • Ghee 1 or 2 tb spoon
  • Curry leaves


  • In a broad pan dry roast moongh dal till it changes the colour slightly. Add 3 or 4 cups of water and turmeric powder. Let it boil till it is cooked 75% to 80 % but not mushy.
  • Add the vermicelli to pan , add 3 more cups of water and required salt. (Consider the water in pan boiling with moongh dal and adjust quantity of water) Keep the stove to low flame and close the pan with a lid. Leave it undisturbed for 10 mins
  • After 10 minutes open the lid and stir well for few seconds and switch off the stove. Don't bother if the stuff is slightly loose. In few minutes it will become tight.
  • Heat ghee in a sautéing pan and add pepper cumin powder, curry leaves, ginger, hingh, and cashews and fry till the cashews get roasted. Add it to the pongal, mix and serve hot.


  • If you are making it for kids add more ghee and some dry fruits.
  • For elders add sprouts to make it crunchy and more healthy

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Subhashni Venkatesh
Subhashni Venkatesh

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