January 14, 2009

Pongal - The Humble South Indian Khichdi


In South India, two dishes that are a must have during Sankranthi/Pongal is the Khara Pongal Sweet Pongal using Jaggery also known as Huggi in Kannada.

This time around, I didnt make the sweet version as me & my husband aren't really fond of jaggery based sweets, But, We do relish the savoury version quite often.

Khara Pongal or savoury Pongal is what I call the South Indian version of Khichdi. A mixture of rice & lentils simmered to a semi-solid consistency & tempered with cumin seeds, green chillies, ginger & pepper corns is a heart warmer. Popular in most South Indian homes as a Breakfast Dish, it can be eaten on its own or even with yogurt or spicy coconut chutney or a traditional eggplant dip, either way its overwhelming. It is way too simple to make & does not involve cutting of any vegetables, which is a blessing if one is short on time. I quite often enjoy this as supper on cold winter evenings.

Preparation Time: 30 mins

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup short grained rice
  • 1/2 cup Moong Dal
  • 2 tbsp grated ginger
  • 3 green chillies - finely chopped
  • A handful of curry leaves
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp coarsely ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp Desi Ghee/Clarified Butter or Oil

Method:

  • Dry roast moong dal until it starts to turn slightly brown.
  • Pressure cook Moong dal along with rice along with turmeric powder
  • Heat Ghee/oil in a heavy bottomed pan & add cumin seeds, once the seeds crackle, add curry leaves, green chillies & saute for a minute.
  • Add cooked rice & lentil mixture & Add 1/2 cup water & mix well.
  • Add grated ginger, ground pepper & Salt
  • Simmer on low heat for about 5 - 8 minutes.
  • Drizzle Ghee on top & enjoy with your favorite Side Dish.

Enjoi !!!

NOTE:

  • The Rice:Lentil proportion could be either 1:2 or 2:1 or 1:1 whichever suits you
  • Go easy on green chillies as ground pepper adds quite a bit of heat.
  • You could use long grained rice too, but short grained rice works best.
  • This can be made on stove top too instead of using a pressure cooker. Use Pressure Cooker to save time.

I Wish You All A Very Happy Makara Sankranthi !!!

This is my humble contribution to Sunshine Mom's FIC-Yellow & Preeti's Festive Food.

57 comments:

anudivya said...

This looks good, and is a nice breakfast to have even when we are not celebrating pongal.

DEESHA said...

Than was a quick comment, thank you Divya, yes we do enjoy this for breakfast quite often

Asha said...

Give me a savory Pongal any time, looks delicious. Happy Pongal! :)

DEESHA said...

Same here Asha, we too relish it quite a bit, Happy Pongal to you too

Indhu said...

this is yummy... I sometimes make this.. but with oats instead of rice... trying to be healthy :)
will try this version!
Happy Pongal :)

DEESHA said...

Thanks Indhu, I really havent tried it with oats, seems to be a good idea

LG said...

Happy Sankranti ri! Pongal sakkath tempting agi kantha ide :) ondu batlu parcel kalsi nange ..

Sara said...

This looks delicious, you cook such great things!

sunshinemom said...

Happy Pongal! I expected quite a few pongals:) Yours looks tasty too! Like Anudivya said, I too make this quite often for weekend breakfast as it holds for quite sometime! Thank you for sending this to FIC!

Priti said...

I too have made venn pongal...yours looks very tempting...Happy Sankranti dear..

Suma Rajesh said...

perfect breakfast on pongal day..nice entry

Yasmeen said...

Have a blessed festival.Tasty khichdi,would love it any day:)

Sharmila said...

I like this recipe ... so simple. I have never used grated ginger in khichdi (I hope I can call it a khichdi). Good snap. :-)

Cham said...

Happy Pongal, looks very inviting! I made the two versions today!

Mrs.Kannan said...

Pongal looks great..adding turmeric is new to me..i always makes it without turmeric and it's always white in color...Happy Pongal

sowmya said...

lovely picture..i add turmeric like you have done..looks yummy..happy pongal

Shama Nagarajan said...

looking delicious....happy pongal

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Colorful and scrumptious looking! I love all those spices!

Cheers,

Rosa

rekhas kitchen said...

Happy Sankranti to you too Deesha beautiful pic

Jaya said...

Hi,
wish you happy sankranti too , and the savoury khichdi looks delicious.
hugs and smiles

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Happy Pongal to you!
Pongal looks so yummy!

Jaishree said...

Pongal looks great deesha.Happy pongal to u:)

notyet100 said...

mmm,..yummy...wish u hppy pongal,..

AnuSriram said...

Looks delicious! Easy recipe! Hope you had fun!

Laavanya said...

Looks yummy.. i don't normally add turmeric but make the savoury pongal often and the sweet pongal only during festival days.

Mangala Bhat said...

Hi deesha Happy Sankranti ....Pongala looks yummy ..Thanks for sharing .

Ashwini Kenchanna said...

Happy Sankranti. Yummy kichidi. Easy to make and healthy too

Smitha said...

Hey Deesha Happy Sankranti to you and your family!
I love this dish, we make it often too. It is a Saturday breakfast every week at my Mom's! We do not use ginger though. I should try it out next time, may be this Saturday!

PG said...

Happy Pongal to you Deesha! Looks lovely with the curry leaves and cumin tadka!

Ramya Bala said...

looks yummy...only the method of cooking differs and all the ingredients remains the same,wherever u go :)
and picture was purposefully posted like that :)hehheee

Usha said...

Pongal looks yum. Happy Pongal/ Sakaranthi to you !

Shankar said...

Pongal on Sankranti, what so special??? It is special Coz you made it & made it nice...It was very tasy & soothing for my sore throat..

Vibaas said...

Happy Pongal! Pongal looks yum :)

Madhu said...

Kara Pongal thumba chennagide Deesha. Hope you had a good feast.

Sushma said...

Makara Sankranthi habbada shubhashayagalu.
Pongal looks yummy :)

Pam said...

Great color and flavors. A tasty dish.

Uj said...

I just made pongal for dinner last night..a slightly different recipe though.. Looks yummy and comforting

Nithya Praveen said...

A Perfect Breakfast Deesha...I made this yesterday too.

Curry Leaf said...

Perfect pongal.Recently only started liking it.Looks lovely.Hope you enjoyed the pongal

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow looks yummylicious...

SriLekha said...

looks pakka!

Gita's Kitchen said...

Happy Pongal Deesha! Yummy-looking pongal :)

Madhavi said...

Lovely dish and looks mouthwatering yummmm!!!!

Uma said...

kichdi is such a delectable dish! Looks lovely Deesha! Hope you had a wonderful Sankranthi!

Prarthna said...

Hi , i have become a frequent visitor to your blog :-). I like your recipes because they look really yummy and are kind of easy to make .. :).

Last Friday, I was so inspired by your kichadi recipe, the first thing I did after going back home was to make it ... it did turn out to be very yummy .. :)

keep up the good work ..!

A_and_N said...

A loves Ven Pongal while I love Sakkara Pongal :) Your Pongal looks totally drool-worthy!

Maria said...

Looks very tasty!

Adlak's tiny world said...

hope u had a nice pongal.. This looks delicious and tasty.. comforiting break fast on any day.

Vani said...

Pongal looks lovely, Deesha!

Shanthi said...

It looks Yummy.Wonder picture.

shanthi said...

It looks Yummy. lovely presentation.

Anonymous said...

I had a comment about Huggi. As far I understand Huggi is a sweet made out of pounded wheat and jaggery. From what you have written, you seem to have confused Huggi with Chakkara pongal (made of rice and jaggery), when they both have a totally different carbohydrate.

Anonymous said...

deeshaji, as a follow up to my previous comment, can you please clarify what Huggi is ?

human said...

How would HUGGI (savory Pongal ) based on the recipe that you have detailed, taste with little bit of chopped onions when being cooked and

later sprinkled with chopped coriander?

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