Ven Pongal recipe | raw rice | moong dal

Ven Pongal recipe | raw rice | moong dal is a very simple and easy recipe which can be prepared for breakfast or dinner. It is prepared using raw rice and moong dal. Do not prefer to eat it in hotels, as they mostly use dalda instead of ghee, which is not good for health.

Preparation Time:- 20 minutes

To Serve:- 2 person


  • raw rice/ pacharisi – 1 cup
  • moong dal/ paasi paruppu – 1/2

(Raw rice : moong dal, 2:1 in ratio)

Ingredients- moong dal and raw rice
  • water – 5 to 6 cups
  • salt/ uppu – to taste (approximately 1.5 tsp)
  • cashew nuts/ mundhiri paruppu – 10 to 12 number
  • black pepper corns/ milagu – 1.5 tsp
  • cumin seeds/ seegam  1.5 tsp
  • ginger/ inji – 1 tsp
  • curry leaves/ karuvepilai – few
  • ghee/ nei – 2 tsp
Ingredients-cumin seeds, black pepper, cashew nuts, chopped ginger, curry leaves, salt and ghee



1. Dry roast rice in a pan till it is hot to touch. (Lightly – colour should not change)

Dry roasting raw rice in pan

2. Dry roast moong dal separately till it is hot to touch. (Here too the colour should not be changed)

Dry roasting moong dal in pan

3. Transfer both rice and moong dal to a pressure cooker and add salt.

Raw rice, moong dal and salt in a pressure cooker

4. Add  5 or 6 cups of water according to the variety of rice. (If it’s new – 5, if it’s old – 6 cups)

Ingredients along with water in a pressure cooker

5. Close the lid and cook in medium flame for 3-4 whistles, or 3-4 minutes after a whistle.

Pressure cooker in a stove

6. Fry cashew nuts in ghee till it turns golden brown, and keep separately.

Frying cashew nuts in ghee

7. Heat ghee in a pan, add ginger (chopped) and fry for one minute. Next add black pepper, cumin seeds, and when it splutters add curry leaves.

Seasonings in pan

8. Transfer to the cooked Pongal in the cooker along with cashew nuts and mix thoroughly.

Seasonings and cashew nuts added to Pongal

9. Serve with coconut chutny or sambar.

Pongal served with coconut chutney

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