Ven Pongal Or Ghee Pongal

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Ven pongal or khara pongal is a popular dish in South Indian homes and is served as breakfast dish in Tamil Nadu. It is called as huggi in Karnataka. Ven pongal is a spicy variant made with rice, moong dal, black pepper, cumin seeds and cashew nuts. It is commonly prepared during pongal, a harvest festival, where this dish is prepared to celebrate the festival. Ven pongal is very easy to prepare and tastes best when served with sambar or coconut chutney. I have prepared gojju or tamarind curry (shown in the pic) which also goes well with ven pongal.
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Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Served As: Breakfast
Recipe Cuisine Type: South Indian
Recipe Taste: Salty, Sour, Spicy, Sweet, Tangy
Servings 3


  • 1 cup Rice raw â
  • 1/2 cup Yellow Moong Dal split â
  • 1-2 tsp Salt or as per taste
  • Tempering for
  • 2 tbsp Desi Ghee
  • 1 tsp Jeera Seeds or cumin cumin
  • 1 tsp Whole Black Pepper or seeds seeds
  • 1 tbsp Ginger chopped finely or grated
  • 1-2 leaves Curry
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida
  • 10 cashews


  • Wash and soak raw rice and moong dal for 15 minutes. This helps to cook rice and dal faster. Add salt, 1 teaspoon of ghee and 4 to 5 cups of water and pressure cook the soaked rice and dal upto 4 whistles.
  • Once the pressure is cooled down, mash them thoroughly with a masher or a ladle and keep it aside. In a pan, add 1 tablespoon of ghee. Add black pepper and cumin seeds and saute on a low flame for a minute.
  • Add grated ginger and curry leaves and saute for few seconds. Pour this mixture to the cooked rice and dal and mix well. In the same pan, add another 1 tablespoon of ghee and add cashew nuts and saute till golden brown.
  • Add these to the cooked rice and dal and combine together. Switch off the flame. Ven pongal is ready to be served.
  • Serve ven pongal or huggi hot with sambar or coconut chutney.

Recipe Notes

  • Ven pongal tastes better if it is mushy. You can add little ghee at the time of serving to enhance the taste.
  • You can grind the pepper to a coarse powder and then temper it, to make pongal more spicy and get pepper flavour.
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I have thru’ my eKitchen attempted to present variety of vegetarian recipes of Karnataka and I will keep building the same for your benefit. I will also be adding more North Indian recipes. Being a pure vegetarian, I have included only vegetarian recipes.

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