Khara Pongal Recipe

khara pongal recipe

Get to know the khara pongal recipe because:

1. It is easy to make this traditional and delicious dish.
2. It needs only the every-day ingredients.
3. Pongal is healthy, because of the nutrition moong dal provides and the medicinal values of turmeric.
4. This dish can be prepared using less oil or ghee.
5. Pongal is easily digestible.

Use this khara pongal recipe and make this dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

A question some have on how to prepare pongal is if it takes much time to make this rice cuisine. The answer is it can be cooked in about 30 minutes.

Khara pongal and sweet pongal are the two main dishes made on the day of Sankranti / Pongal. On this day, some do not eat rice dishes. Rava pongal would be a good alternative for those who do not want to consume rice.

Because the steps for how to make pongal are few, add the khara pongal recipe to your list of rice recipes and see if you want to make this fine food at least once a week.

Savor khara pongal when it is hot. Do not forget to use one or two teaspoons of ghee, if you have not used it while cooking, as it can boost the taste of this rice preparation.

If you do not want to use ghee, use a few drops of lemon juice to make the pongal tastier.

As you find out how to prepare pongal, a question you would have is about the side dish for this food. Onion raita is the fist choice. Tomato chutney, tamarind chutney, cucumber raita or coconut chutney are the second best. Fresh curd / yogurt too fits the bill.

Do you want to know how to make sweet pongal also? Here is the recipe of sweet pongal.

Here is the recipe for akkaravadisal or paal pongal, which is another type of sweet pongal made from milk.

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Servings: 4-5


1. Rice 1/2 cup
2. Moong dal / pesara pappu / paasi paruppu / hesaru bele 3/4th of 1/2 cup
3. Oil 2-3 teaspoons
4. Ghee 1-2 teaspoons (optional)
5. Mustard seeds 1/4 teaspoon
6. Jeera / cumin 1/2 teaspoon
7. Black pepper 1/4 teaspoon
8. Cashew nuts 10-15
9. Ginger, chopped, 1/2 teaspoon
10. Curry leaves 1 sprig
11. Green chilies, cut into pieces, 2-3
12. Turmeric powder 1/8 teaspoon
13. Coconut gratings 1-2 tablespoons
14. Cooked peas 1/4 cup
15. Salt to taste
16. Chopped coriander leaves 1 tablespoon
17. Water

How to Prepare Pongal?

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1. Wash rice and moong dal together twice in a pressure cooker. Drain the water

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Add about 2-and-1/2 cups of water.

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Soak for 15-20 minutes.
2. Set flame to low.

Cook rice and moong dal till 1-2 whistle(s).

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The rice you cook should be soft.
3. Heat oil in a utensil till the oil becomes hot.

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4. Add mustard seeds.

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Add jeera when mustard seeds begin to splutter.

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5. Add pepper.

Fry till it starts to splutter.

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Add cashews.

Fry till the cashews turn to golden-brown.

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6. Add ginger.

Fry for a few seconds.

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Add curry leaves and chilies.

Fry till the leaves become crispy.

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7. Add turmeric.

Fry for a few seconds.

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Add the cooked rice-moong dal mixture and about 2-and-1/2 cups of water.

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Bring the mixture to boil.

Cook till the rice absorbs some water and the mixture becomes semi-thick.

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8. Add peas, salt and coconut. Mix thoroughly.

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Cook for a few minutes.

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9. Add ghee and chopped corinder leaves.

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Switch off the stove.

The mixture becomes gradually thick, as it cools down.

Khara pongal is ready.

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Serve hot with onion raita, tomato chutney or coconut chutney.

TIPS Khara Pongal Recipe
1. You can add the cooked rice-and-dal mixture, and other ingredients like peas and salt, to the seasoning and mix. This method of cooking will not produce the gravy.
2. One of the 'secrets' of how to prepare pongal is you have to use ghee if you want to make the khara pongal tastier.
3. If you use new raw rice, use less water to cook the rice. Otherwise, the cooked rice might become sticky.
4. You can cook peas along with the rice-dal mixture.