Khara/Savory & Sihi/Sweet Pongal

Pongal is on menu on festive occasions. Festivals and Pongal are synonymous to certain extent...When I made this last weekend there was no festival, but Priyanka craved for some Pongal! After my hubby read the message, he had this sweet smile on his face and said...so today Pongal is on menu? there was no need to answer because I was frying hesarubele with ghee and its pleasant fragrance was all around the house :),  saying the answer is YES ! Priyanka this is for you.........

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Khara/Savory Pongal :

Hesarubele/Split moongdal/dhuli moongdal - 2 cups*
Rice - 2 cups *

* Lentil : Rice taken in the ratio of 1:1 yeilds tasty dish
Once you cook rice and lentils together, separate them into equal portions to make savory and sweet pongal.

For Powder:
Jeerige/Cumin - 1tsp
Kaalumenasu/Pepper - 1/2 tsp
Ingu/Asafoetida/Hing - a pinch
Salt - 1/2 tsp

Dry roast Cumin and Pepper and grind them in a pessel & mortar with other ingredients. Keep it aside

For Tampering :
Ghee - Be generousMustard, Cashew Nuts (generously used :D) Curry Leaves, Whole pepper corns, greenchilli-1 cut into thin rounds

Apart from the ingredients above you need dry grated coconut ..no qty just use as required. Coconut garnishing enhances flavor. I add chopped coriander also ;) we love coriander garnishing

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Method :

Fry separately Hesarubele/Split moongdal/dhuli moongdal & rice in a tbsp of ghee till you get nice aroma of lentils ...at this stage lentils would have started turning brown. Rice ..just heat it up in the same pan. Cook Rice and Lentils in a pressure cooker with enough water. I use 1 cup rice & dal mixture : 1.5cups water for Pongal to make it little soft and porridge like....adjust water accordingly

In a vessel in which you want to make Pongal heat ghee. Add tampering ingredients in the order mentioned..just wait for few seconds for mustard to crackle and cashews to turn red! .....
Add the powder mentioned above and give a nice stir. Add cooked rice & lentil mixture and add a glass full of water and mix thoroughly. Add salt. Bring it to boil and check for salt. Garnish with dry grated coconut and coriander if you wish for a divine, flavorful, tasty Pongal! Enjoy hot!

Bellada Pongal/Sweet Pongal


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Cooked Rice & Lentil Mixture : 1 cup
Whole Milk : 2.5 cups
Jaggery : 1/2 cup grated (You can use sugar)
Ghee : Be generous
Dry Fruits : Cashew and Raisins :D generously used again
Dry grated coconut : 2tbsp
Cardamom Powder : 1/s tsp (optional)

Mix everything in a vessel and bring it to boil.
You can fry dry fruits in ghee or use it as it is..I have fried in ghee and added it.
I don't use cardamom powder for sweet pongal.
Use more jaggery if you want it to be more sweeter.Enjoy Savory and Sweet Pongal Hot HOT!

26 comments:

SPICE OF LIFE said...

lovely post...i love pongal ....we used to have that a lot when I was in Hyderabad...

notyet100 said...

wow,,thnks,,i asked for one and u r back with two,.both look yum,.this weekend gonna try this,,sishi sounds so sweet nice name,..

LG said...

Priyanka, Sihi=Sweet in Kannada :)

Sireesha said...

Pongal looks yumm yumm .I love pongal..Thanks for sharing.

Veda Murthy said...

hey lakshmi...nanna menasina saaru qualify agotha sheetal kitchen ge kalsokke? karnataka cuisine ge? let me know i will link her rgt away

Purva Desai said...

hey LG!!
Thanks for dropping by....
pongal looks really tempting..
keep in touch

srikars kitchen said...

i love pongal... nice click.. looks yummy & delicious...

Cooking Station said...

@ Veda,
we make menasina saaru too..but my way is faaaaaaaar different from yours nevertheless it qualifies ..so please link it and send it.

@Sireesha and Purva,
Thanks dear for coming by ....

@Sri,
Nice to see you here again..

rekhas kitchen said...

wow pongals looks very mouth watering

Sukanya said...

I love pongal whether as a sweet or savory. Kudos for putting in both

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Both the pongal are my fav. Looks so good. Nice photos. Great presentation...

A_and_N said...

hehe, loved the 'be generous with the ghee' part :) the pongal looks awesome and great work with the Indian tri-colors. I see independence day spirits are already high in the blogosphere :)

Illatharasi said...

Its been a long time I made pongal.... he he .... thanks for reminding me ;)

Both salt and sweet pongal looks great!!!!

Suma Rajesh said...

sweet pongal is mouthwatering...many months passed making pongal...thnks for sharing..

SriLekha said...

both the dish are looking so good!

Sunshinemom said...

Me too love all kinds of pongal, khichdi varieties:)

Dibs said...

Lovely Site Lakshmi. Header images are great, and now I am hungry, as well as home sick!

Shreya said...

great looking pongal...:-)

easycrafts said...

everyone in our house likes pongal a lot...though sweet pongal is not made often, khara pongal is definetely made atleast once a month...

sowmya said...

i love venn pongal with chutney..will be making for varalakshmi pooja next week...

Suma Rajesh said...

hey check out ny blog....a small treat for u

Lore said...

WOW, the roasted cumin and pepper must have been great in this dish!
Also, thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment :)

Bella said...

wow....thank you so much for this recipe. I made it recently and it turned out yummmmy! The only thing I need to change next time is to add more water when pressure cooking the dal and rice because it wasn't as moist as your picture, but the taste was really wonderful. Once again, thank you for this great and easy recipe!

LG said...

@Bella,
Thanks for the feedback. :)

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