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Pongal is a traditional South-Indian Dish made with Rice and Moong Dal and then mixed with some roasted cashews, finely chopped ginger, green chillies and freshly ground black peppercorns. Pongal is of two types. The Sweet Pongal and Salt Pongal. Both are very easy to make with the help of a Pressure Cooker. The recipe for Sweet Pongal can be found at Here I am sharing the recipe for Salt Pongal. Comments/Suggestions/Feedback on this Pongal Recipe are welcome!
  Rice 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Moong dal 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Ginger 2 Inch, finely chopped
  Green chilly 1 , finely chopped
  Black peppercorns 1 Teaspoon
  Cumin seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cashewnuts 1 Tablespoon, chopped
  Clarified butter 1 Tablespoon
  Water 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Salt To Taste

Wash Rice and Moong Dal together, add 4 cups of water, salt to taste and pressure cook up to 4-5 whistles/until the rice and dal become completely soft/looks more than just cooked.

Heat ghee in a small pan. Add finely chopped ginger, green chillies, chopped cashews and coarsely ground peppercorns. Saute until cashews turns slightly brown. Add this to the cooked rice.

Mix well and Serve immediately/Hot with groundnut chutney.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 320 Calories from Fat 53

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 6 g9.4%

Saturated Fat 2.8 g13.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 10.1 mg3.4%

Sodium 108.1 mg4.5%

Total Carbohydrates 55 g18.4%

Dietary Fiber 3.9 g15.4%

Sugars 1.2 g

Protein 10 g20.8%

Vitamin A 4.7% Vitamin C 10.3%

Calcium 6.8% Iron 8.8%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Pongal Recipe