Madras Ven Pongal Recipe | Ven Pongal Recipe | Pongal Recipe in Telugu | How to make Pongal

Breakfast Recipes | vegetarian

  • Prep Time 1 Mins
  • Cook Time 20 Mins
  • Servings 5


  • 1 cup Rice (New variety)
  • 1/2 cup Moong Dal
  • Salt – To taste
  • 5 sprigs Curry Leaves
  • 4.5 cups Water
  • 1/2 cup Ghee
  • 1/2 cup Cashew Nuts
  • 1/2 tbsp Pepper Corns
  • 1.5 tbsp Ginger (Grated)
  • 1/2 tbsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida (Hing)


  1. Wash the rice and Moong together until it turns whitish. Soak it for at least one hour in 4 ½ cups of water.
  2. Put the rice, Moong Dal along with the water and salt in a cooker and boil on low flame until 4 whistles are heard.
  3. After the Pongal is boiled to a soft consistency, add two spoons of Ghee, and two sprigs of Curry Leaves. Mix well and keep aside.
  4. Heat Ghee and fry the pepper corns. Once the pepper corns crackle, add grated Ginger and fry well.
  5. Add Zeera and fry till it splutters. Now add Cashew Nuts and fry to a golden colour. To this add Hing and Curry Leaves and fry till brown.
  6. Add the Seasoning to the Rice and Dal mixture and mix well. Now pour two spoons of Ghee on top of the Pongal mixture. Cover and leave it without mixing. The flavours of the seasoning will get absorbed wonderfully.
  7. Serve hot Madras Ven Pongal after 10 minutes with crisp Vadas, Sambar and Coconut Chutney.