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pongal rice



Pongal Rice is a traditional South Indian breakfast dish, and is also a quintessential part of Pongal, a harvest festival celebrated in Tamil Nadu. It is a one-pot dish made from rice and lentils, seasoned with black pepper, cumin, ginger and ghee. The savory version, known as 'Ven Pongal', is often served for breakfast while the sweet version, 'Sakkarai Pongal', is made during festive occasions.

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1 cup

moong dal (split yellow lentils)

1/2 cup

black pepper

1 teaspoon

cumin seeds

1 teaspoon

ginger, grated

1 inch piece

ghee (clarified butter)

2 tablespoons


4 cups

Salt to taste



Step 1:

Rinse the rice and lentils together under cold water until the water runs clear.

Step 2:

In a large pot, combine the rinsed rice, lentils and water.

Step 3:

Cook the rice and lentils on medium heat until they are soft and mushy.

Step 4:

In a separate pan, heat the ghee. Add the cumin seeds, black pepper and grated ginger. Sauté for a few seconds until aromatic.

Step 5:

Add the ghee and spices to the cooked rice and dal. Season with salt and mix well.

Step 6:

Serve the Pongal Rice hot with sambar or coconut chutney.

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