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ven pongal
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Khara pongal | Venn pongal | Ven pongal recipe

Ven pongal recipe is a light and healthy meal made for Makar Sankranti. Learn to make this simple recipe here.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Rice bowl
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: ghee pongal, huggi, khara pongal, khara pongal karnataka style, khichri, makar sankranti pongal recipe, sankranti pongal recipe, south indian pongal recipe, ven pongal, venn pongal
Servings: 4


  • Dutch oven/ pressure cooker
  • Grater


  • ½ cup moong dal
  • 1 cup rice soaked for 30 minutes,washed 3-4 times
  • 3 cups water
  • Salt as per taste

For tempering

  • 1 tbsp. ghee or oil if vegan
  • 1 tbsp. cumin seeds
  • handful curry leaves
  • Pinch asafoetida or heeng (optional if gluten-free)

For Garnish

  • 1 teaspoon ginger grated
  • 2 tablespoon fresh coconut chopped or grated
  • 2 tablespoon cashews fried


  • In a Dutch oven or pressure cooker, heat ghee or oil if vegan. Add cumin seeds , curry leaves and black pepper. Add asafoetida and let it splutter.
  • Wash the moong dal and add it to the tempering. Cook for 1-2 mins.
  • Add rice along with thrice the water to above rice+dal mix.
  • Add salt and let it cook until it softens.
  • Grate ginger on top once done.
  • Garnish with chopped coconut and fried cashews.
  • Serve hot with coconut chutney or yogurt.