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Ven Pongal

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"Popular South Indian breakfast dish prepared mainly with rice and lentils. Ideal dish for any time of the day. Can be served with spicy chutney and vatral-kozhambu (spicy and sour sauce)."
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37 m servings 308
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat; add rice and lentils. Cook and stir until toasted and fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes. Rinse.
  2. Place rice-lentil mixture, 1 tablespoon ghee, and salt in a rice cooker or pressure cooker; add water. Cook according to manufacturer's instructions until rice and lentils are tender and the consistency of a paste, 20 to 25 minutes. Stir and mash into a fine paste.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon ghee in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add black pepper and cumin seeds; cook until seeds start to pop, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir cumin mixture into rice-lentil mixture.
  4. Tear curry leaves roughly and stir into rice-lentil mixture; stir in ginger. Season with salt.
  5. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon ghee in a skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir cashews until toasted and fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes. Garnish rice-lentil mixture with toasted cashews.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 308 calories; 13.9 40.9 5 25 104 Full nutrition

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As delicious as it is delicate. I made a half portion, and used a pressure cooker, so it only took about 10 minutes. The cashews were a nice addition. Thank you for the recipe.