Sunday, February 17, 2008

Pongal and Sambar

Pongal is a breakfast which every one will love to have in South India. This will be in the menu of every restaurant for breakfast !!!This is also healthy since it contains pepper,cumin seeds,ghee,cashew etc…

This is my entry to WBB- Healthy Eats!

1. Raw rice
2. Moong dhal
3. Pepper
4. Salt
5. Cumin seeds
6. Ghee
7. Oil
8. Curry leaves
9. Asafetida
10. Broken cashew nuts

Boil rice and dhall separately. then combine dhall and rice together. Add salt. Heat oil and ghee in a wok. temper it with cumin seeds, pepper,asafetida ,curry leaves,cashew nuts.

We can have chutney,sambar,brinjal gothsu as the side dish for this delicious pongal.I have a recipe which is very nice with this pongal. That is a Sambar without toor dhal.


Onion – chopped
Tomato – chopped
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Fennel seeds – 1 tsp
Curry leaves
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Chilli powder – 1 tsp
Coriander seeds – a fistful
Roasted gram – a fistful

Heat oil in a pan. Temper it with mustard seeds and fennel seeds. Put onion and sauté it for 2 minutes. Then put tomatoes and sauté it. Add turmeric powder,chilli powder,salt and water. Let it boil for few more minutes.

Grind coriander seeds and roasted gram into a smooth powder without adding water in a mixie. Then make it into a paste by adding water so that lumps will not be made when added into the sambar. Put the paste into the sambar and let it boil for few more minutes.Tasty sambar for pongal is ready!!!!!

This is a very typical south Indian breakfast which is healthy too!!!!!!


Suganya said...

Hey Usha, Thanks for the entry.

Cynthia said...

These are such delicious and filling breakfast dishes. Just my kind of breakfast.

Chris Ball said...

i've never heard or that before. looks and sounds great.

ps - have a look at Zhoodles for more interesting recipes.

Kribha said...

I love hot pongal with some ghee on the top. Looks so good.

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ushaprashanth said...

Hi cynthia!
Thanks for your comment!! Do try it!!

Hi chris ball!
Thanks for your comment! Do try it out!!!!!!!

Hi Kribha!
Thanks for your comment! I too love pongal very much!

Nupur said...

That is such a delicious breakfast! I love such spicy and filling breakfast foods.

Baskaran said...

What difference it makes to cook Dhal and rice seperately from the common practice of cooking them together?

Baskaran said...

your recipe is different from the commonly follwed recipes for making Pongal.What difference does it make to cook Dhal and rice sepertely?

Baskaran said...

The common practice to make Pongal is to cook rice and dhal together. What difference it will make when they are cooked seperately and blended as suggested by you

ushaprashanth said...

Hi Baskaran!
By cooking rice and dhall seperately, pongal wont get hard when it gets cooled because it does not contain the starch.

Baskaran said...

Thank you very much,Usha Prashanth for your reply.
Please clarify whether we need to blend rice and dhal immediately after cooking meaning when they are hot or after they take the room temperature when it will be more difficult get them blended to a smoother texture as displayed in your post.

ushaprashanth said...

Hi Baskaran!
we should blend the rice and dhall immediately after the rice has been cooked so that it will be easier to blend.dhall can be in room temp.

Shubha Ravikoti said...

u have a nice blog here....:)

kanch said...

thank you for this post. my hubby and I love this sambar...