Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Aval Pongal | Poha Pongal | Beaten Rice Pongal Recipe

Poha Pongal

Hi Supermoms,

The biggest Tamil Festival - 'Pongal' is round the corner. The four day harvest festival is celebrated throughout South India with great enthusiasm. The tamil word 'Pongal' literally means 'To boil to the brim' or 'Overflow'. 

Milk, sugar and rice are boiled together on this special Thanksgiving day .  When the milk overflows, it is our tradition to utter the words 'Pongalo Pongal' that is symbolic to bring prosperity and good luck  in our homes. 

There are so many varieties of Pongal that are made in different regions of the country. I have earlier shared different variations of Pongal like the Sigappu Arisi Pongal Ven Pongal, Rava PongalDhaniya Pongal, Pongal Fried Rice, Moonu Raja Pongal, Oats Pongal , Varagu Arisi Pongal  recipes with you all. 

Today, I am sharing an another interesting savoury Pongal variety that can be made in minutes. It is delicious, nutritious and is so simple for anyone to make at home. 

Poha Pongal

Aval/Poha Pongal :

Preparation time : 5 minutes
Cooking time : 15 -20 minutes
Serves : 2 
1 cup = 250 ml cup 

Ingredients :

1 cup poha/flattened rice/beaten rice
1/2 cup husked and split green gram /moong dal 
1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder 
salt to taste 

For tempering :

1-2 teaspoon ghee/clarified butter
1/2" ginger ( finely chopped)
1/2 teaspoon peppercorns ( coarsely crushed)
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds/jeera ( coarsely crushed)
5 cashew nuts (halved) 
1 sprig curry leaves ( roughly torn)

Method :

1. In a heavy bottom pan /vessel heat 3 cups of water and add the rinsed moong dal .
2. Add turmeric powder and cook over medium flame till the dal is soft .
3. While the dal is cooking , wash the aval/poha/beaten rice and soak it in 1/2 cup water for just 5 minutes. 
4. Once the dal is mushy and well cooked, add the soaked beaten rice.
5. Add salt and adjust the water quantity if the pongal gets dry.
Chef tip : The pongal tastes best when served in a flowy consistency. 
6. Switch off.
7. Heat a small pan or a heavy iron ladle with ghee and temper with ingredients given for the same. 
8. Pour it over the poha pongal and mix .

Your delicious Poha Pongal is now ready to be served.

Poha Pongal

I have compiled more Pongal Recipes for all of you. Click here to get the recipes. 

Happy Cooking !

With love,


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