How to make Khara (Moong Dal) Pongal -

South Indian style khichdi made with moong dal, rice, ghee, milk and cashewnuts. This khara pongal recipe is moong dal and rice recipe. Cooked rice and moong dal are flavoured with ginger, crushed peppercorns and cumin seeds, and garnished with ghee-roasted cashew nuts and curry leaves.

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Main Ingredients : Rice (चावल), Moong dal (मूंग दाल)

Cuisine : Tamil Nadu

Course : Rice

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Khara (Moong Dal) Pongal

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Hindi: chawal
How many times have we thought rice is a blessing? We use it for holy purposes but we also can pressure up a quick pulao or khichdi when hunger pangs are drumming away! This is one grain that is about 98% percent digestible. In India we are familiar with Basmati, Patna or brown rice but it is also available as Italian Rice and Glutinous Rice which is popular in Chinese and Japanese cuisines.

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Khara (Moong Dal) Pongal Recipe

  • Rice soaked 1 cup

  • Moong dal soaked ½ cup

  • Ghee 3 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds ½ teaspoon

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Green chillies finely chopped 2

  • Curry leaves 15

  • Black peppercorns 8-10

  • Asafoetida ½ teaspoon

  • Cashewnuts 2 tablespoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Milk 1 cup

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped for garnishing


Step 1

Heat ghee in a pressure cooker. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter.

Step 2

Add cumin seeds, green chillies, curry leaves, peppercorns and asafoetida. Mix well and sauté.

Step 3

Add cashewnuts and stir. Add rice and green gram and stir to mix on high heat.

Step 4

Heat 2 cups water in a microwave till just warm.

Step 5

Add salt to cooker and mix well. Add milk and warm water, stir to mix, cover and pressure cook for 3-4 minutes after the first whistle.

Step 6

Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot.

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