Ven Pongal – Savory Rice and Moong Dal Breakfast Porridge
If your day starts with this delicious, comforting and spicy Ven Pongal with some piping hot sambar and a cup of frothy filter coffee, its just gotta be a great day!
- 1 cup raw rice
- ¾ cup moong dal
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- 2 tbsp coconut oil / ghee
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- ½ tsp black pepper
- a sprig of curry leaves
- 2 tbsp broken cashew nuts
- salt to taste
Wash the rice and dal well and cook with the turmeric and about 4 cups water until well cooked and almost mushy. Mash well and add salt to it.
Heat the coconut oil or ghee. Crush the cumin and black pepper together to a coarse powder. Add the mustard seeds to the hot oil. Once it splutters, add the curry leaves, cumin-pepper mixture and cashew nuts. Once the cashew nuts turn slightly brown, pour this over the cooked rice and dal and mix it in.
Serve hot with sambar and chutney.