Saturday, October 4, 2008


Has anybody tasted pongal prepared in Karnataka restaurants, especially in Sagars, Nalpaks etc?? I just love the way they prepare. It will be semisolid (consistency of bisibele bath) in state & tastes heaven!!

But whenever I tried preparing, it wouldn't become that yummy. So, I got tips from a resturant owner :))) ( My hubby's grandfather was running a hotel business for almost 50 years & he, along with my father-in-law/mother-in-law keep sharing information on how to prepare dishes :)), lucky me, right?? ....).

Although I have made slight modifications to what was told, I give the complete credit of this recipe to them & just posting on their behalf.

1 cup rice (dont take basmati rice, just normal rice)
1 cup moong dal/hesaru bele
6-8 peppercorns
1 teaspoon pepper powder
1 tablespoon fresh coconut (grated or finely chopped)
1 green chilli
1 teaspoon ginger/shunti(grated)
1 teaspoon jeera/cumin seeds.
8 cashewnuts
4-6 curry leaves
1 tablespoon coriander leaves
salt according to taste
7 cups water
1 tablespoon ghee
1 tablespoon oil.

  • Soak the rice for 30 mins.
  • Dry roast the moong dal for a minute.
  • Mix the moong dal, rice together, add 5 cups of water & pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.
  • Heat a broad kadai, add ghee & oil to it.
  • When oil is hot, add jeera. To this add, grated ginger, cashewnuts.
  • Add green chilli & curry leaves after cashewnuts become golden brown.
  • Add pepper corns & add remaining 2 cups of water to this kadai.
  • Add salt, pepper powder. When starts to boil, add the cooked moong dal, rice mixture. Add small amounts at a time, ensure no rice lumps are formed.
  • Mix the whole & add coconut & coriander leaves.
  • Cook the same in a slow flame for 5 mins.
  • Pongal is ready to serve, serve it with raitha, coconut chutney or imli chutney.
(PS: The recipe for stuffed chilli can be found here)
Hope you relish this as much as I do ;)


  1. Hello Sushma,

    Thanks for visiting our blog. Hey you are really lucky to get insider tips from professionals! Look forward to try this pongal, and seeing other secrets of the trade :-))))

  2. @ dibs,

    good luck & am sure it will be a hit.



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