Spicy Pongal / Khichdi

Pongal can be spicy or sweet. I prefer spicy one more. My way of preparing pongal is different. I use toor dal some times instead of moong dal. I some times call pongal as khichdi as there is no much difference in taste nor ingredients. Pongal is a very famous dish in Tamilnadu and Khichdi in Gujarat. This dish is very simple and easy. Can have it for breakfast or lunch. This recipe can be modified as per your requirement.

NOTE :  
  • Number of green chilies depend on how spicy they are. I am using 3 as mine are not very spicy.
  • You can either make this dish with toor dal or moong dal or both together.
  • Can use garlic ginger paste if needed.
  • Can make use of any vegetables in this dish or can have it plain without any vegetables.
  • Can make use of onions only if needed.
  • Can make use of oil or ghee or even both.
  • Can add coriander and gram masala powder if needed.
  • Can make use of cashew nuts if needed.
  • Include the above mentioned ingredients as per your taste.
  • Tamarind water is made by soaking tamarind in a cup of water until soft. Squeeze the pulp repeatedly with your fingers to dissolve it. Discard the fibrous material and just use the thick liquid.
Preparation time : 2 Minutes

Cooking Time : 10 Minutes

Total Time : 12 Minutes

Yield : 2-3 servings


For seasoning  :
Green Chillies3 nos finely chopped
Garlic / Lasun4-5 cloves smashed
Pepper Corns4-5
Red Chilly4 small pieces
Cumin Seeds / Jeera1 tbsp
Curry Leaves7-8
Toor Dal1/2 Cup
Turmeric Powder / Haldi1/2 sp
Asafoetida / Hingu1/2 sp
Tamarind water2 tbsp

Oil / Ghee2 tbsp
Rice Grains1 Cup
Water4 Cups
Saltas needed

Method :

  1. Heat oil in a cooker. Add split cumin seeds, green chilies, red chilies, garlic, pepper, Asafoetida and curry leaves. Fry for 2 minutes.

     2.  Add turmeric powder, salt, rice grains and toor dal. Fry for 3 minutes.

     3.  Add water and check for salt. Mix well and allow it to boil on medium flame. Close lid and wait for 2 whistles
     4.  When the cooker cools, open and serve hot

Spicy Pongal / Khichdi
Spicy Pongal / Khichdi


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