ven pongal

Instant Pot Ven Pongal | Rice pongal with detailed photo and video recipe – Made from rice and lentils, this satisfying South Indian breakfast recipe, Ven Pongal, is enjoyed with sambar and chutney. Deliciously seasoned with curry leaves, cumin seeds, and black pepper, this vegetarian and gluten-free recipe is a wholesome meal.

This pongal recipe is the savory version and is a good choice for breakfast, lunch or even dinner.

What is Pongal?

Ven Pongal is a savoury South Indian Rice and Lentil dish and is known by many names such as Khara Pongal or Ghee Pongal. The sweet Pongal variation is known as Sakkarai Pongal. Both these variations have a smooth porridge-like consistency and are served piping hot.

The tempering of cashews, curry leaves, pepper and ghee gives this dish a wholesome and sumptuous taste. It is also quite similar to the khichdi, a popular dish of the northern Indian cuisine.

We offered to the gods and are called as Naivediyam in Telugu. Both Ven Pongal and Sakkarai Pongal are a regular offering to gods in Southern India.

How to make Ven Pongal?

When making this delicious Pongal, it is a good practice to roast moong dal as it gives out a wonderful aroma and easily mashes when cooked along with the rice. When making Ven Pongal or Sweet Pongal, it is important that the dal well-mashed for a uniform taste. I usually roast the dal till it becomes aromatic and then make this dish as it enhances the flavor of the Pongal.

Black peppercorns are an integral part of this dish, and you either temper them whole or crush them a little bit before adding them.

But, the key to a great taste is the generous serving of ghee all over the Pongal.

Ven pongal with detailed video recipe –

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Instant Pot Ven Pongal

Made from rice and lentils, this satisfying South Indian breakfast recipe, Ven Pongal, is enjoyed with sambar and chutney. Deliciously seasoned with curry leaves, cumin seeds, and black pepper, this vegetarian and gluten-free recipe is a wholesome meal.
Course Instant Pot Recipes
Cuisine Indian
Keyword instant pot rice, kichidi, moong dal, pongal, ven pongal
Prep Time 10 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Author Sowji’sKitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Rice
  • 1/2 cup Split Yellow Lentils (Moong Dal)
  • 3 tbsp Ghee or oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1/2 tsp Black Peppercorns whole or lightly crushed
  • 10 – 12 Cashews
  • 10 – 12 Curry leaves
  • 2 Green chilies
  • 2 tsp Ginger
  • 5 cups Water
  • Salt as per taste

Instructions 

  • Switch on the saute mode on your Instant pot and add ghee .
  • Add cashew nuts and fry until golden. Remove fried cashews and keep them aside.
  • In same pan add green chilies, ginger and cumin seeds .Saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add washed moong dal to it. Roast it until nice and fragrant for a couple of minutes.
  • Now crushed pepper corns and add washed rice and saute them for 2 more mins.
  • Add water and salt. Close lid with vent in sealing position.
  • Change the instant pot setting to pressure cooker mode, with high pressure cooking for 9 minutes.
  • When the instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then manually release the remaining pressure (10 minute NPR).
  • Open the instant pot, and serve Pongal. Top with reserved tempering with roasted cashews. Enjoy hot with sambar and chutney!

Traditional Stovetop Method

  • Follow the steps to roast the dal and then rinse rice and dal with water.
  • Pressure cook the dal and rice along with the water for 3-4 whistles on medium-high flame. After the pressure is released, check consistency and add more water if needed.
  • In a pan on stovetop, prepare the tempering. Heat ghee, then add cumin seeds, black pepper, curry leaves, cashews and roast till the cashews are lightly browned. Then add green chili and ginger. When the ginger turns golden brown, the tempering is ready.
  • Pour the tempering on top of the cooked dal and rice. Mix and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Pongal is ready to enjoy with sambar and chutney.

How to make Ven pongal with detailed step by step :

1.Switch on the saute mode on your Instant pot and add ghee .

saute

2. Add cashew nuts and fry until golden. Remove fried cashews and keep them aside.

fried cashews

3. In same pan add green chilies, ginger and cumin seeds .Saute for 2-3 minutes.

4. Now add washed moong dal to it. Roast it until nice and fragrant for a couple of minutes.

moong dal

5. Now crushed pepper corns and add washed rice and saute them for 2 more mins.

rice

6. Add water and salt. Close lid with vent in sealing position.

7. Change the instant pot setting to pressure cooker mode, with high pressure cooking for 9 minutes.

cook

8. When the instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then manually release the remaining pressure (10 minute NPR).

9. Open the instant pot, and serve pongal. Top with reserved tempering with roasted cashews. Enjoy hot with sambar and chutney!

ven pongal

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