Pongal is a classic pooja dish in south India. You can think of it as south Indian khichdi. When I was a child, I always waited for Temple prasadam and when it was pongal, I was delighted.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the oil in a pressure cooker. Fry the cashews in the hot oil until golden brown; remove from oil and set aside. Cook the red chile peppers, cumin seed, mustard seed, peppercorns, and asafoetida in the hot oil for 2 minutes. Stir the lentils into the mixture and cook another 2 minutes. Add the rice, 1/2 cup coconut, green chile peppers, turmeric, salt, and water; stir.

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  • Close the lid of the pressure cooker and bring to 15 pounds of pressure; cook about 35 minutes. Relieve the pressure from the cooker; stir the cashews and ghee into the mixture. Garnish with the cilantro and 1/4 cup shredded coconut to serve.

Nutrition Facts

419 calories; protein 12g 24% DV; carbohydrates 52.9g 17% DV; fat 18.2g 28% DV; cholesterol 10.9mg 4% DV; sodium 56.8mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (3)

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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2009
very good tasty recipe.I make this dish very often as a single meal dish served with roasted papad and curd. Chhaya cstopre Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2009
very good tasty recipe.I make this dish very often as a single meal dish served with roasted papad and curd. Chhaya cstopre Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2014
it is very good and healthy. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/16/2016
This was really good. Even my lentil-phobic family members gave this recipe a thumbs up which surprised me. The balance of simple but bold flavors works. I've never eaten the dish anywhere else so I cannot comment on its authenticity but I can tell you it's very tasty and makes a satisfying dinner paired with roti or naan. Read More
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