pongal {rice & lentils, gluten free}


Pongal is often made during the festival of Sankranthi. Sankranthi is a festival celebrated in India. It marks the transition of the Sun from one zodiac to another. It is also celebrated as the harvest festival.


Serves 5-6
3/4th cup Rice
3/4th cup Moong Dal
2 tablespoon Oil
6 Peppercorns
4 Curry Leaves
3-4 tablespoons of fresh Desiccated Coconut/Dry Coconut
2 tablespoons of broken Cashew Nuts
2 Green Chillies, split
1 tablespoon Mustard Seeds,  to temper
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tablespoon Ghee
4 1/2 cups Water
Salt to taste

Tamarind Gojju

2 cups of Tamarind Juice
{soak tamarind in warm water and extract the juice of it. add 2 cups of water to thin it down}
1 teaspoon Rasam Powder
1 teaspoon Jeera
1 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
1/2 cup Jaggery
{add more if the gojju is too sour}
Salt to taste

Method for Pongal

  • Wash rice and moong dal separately and drain the water.
  • Heat oil  in a pressure cooker and when it is hot add the cashew nuts and fry till golden brown.
  • Carefully remove the cashew nuts into a bowl (add it at the end to preserve its crunchiness)
  • Now to the same oil add mustard, crushed peppercorns, green chillies.
  • When it splutters, add Moong dal and fry it till its golden brown.
  • Add rice and fry it for a couple of minutes.
  • Now add water , turmeric and salt.
  • Cook the rice mixture upto 2-3 whistles.
  • Add more water once its done. It should be of gravy consistancy. Once the pongal is cooled , it becomes too thick.
  • Add coconut , fried cashew nuts and some ghee.
  • Serve it hot with Tamarind Gojju {recipe follow}

Note: If you are planning to serve it later , then add more water.


Method for Tamarind Gojju

  • In a bowl add the extracted tamarind juice.
  • Add 2 cups of water to thin it down.
  • Add Jaggery and rasam powder and boil it for a few minutes.
  • Add some salt and temper it with jeera and mustard seeds.
  • Enjoy it along with hot Pongal.

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Heap of Spice

daughter, daughter in law , wife, mother of two, sister ,aunt , homemaker 😃

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