Ven pongal or khara pongal recipe – how to make ghee pongal recipe

Ven pongal or khara pongal is a popular dish in South Indian homes and is served as breakfast dish in Tamil Nadu. It is called as huggi in Karnataka. Ven pongal is a spicy variant made with rice, moong dal, black pepper, cumin seeds and cashew nuts. It is commonly prepared during pongal, a harvest festival, where this dish is prepared to celebrate the festival. Ven pongal is very easy to prepare and tastes best when served with sambar or coconut chutney.  I have prepared gojju or tamarind curry (shown in the pic) which also goes well with ven pongal.

You can check sweet pongal , til laddoo for this festival season.


Prep Time :  15 mins

Cook Time : 20 mins

Servings : 2 to 3 persons


  • Raw rice – 1 cup
  • Split yellow moong dal – 1/2 cup
  • Salt to taste


  • Ghee – 2 tablespoons
  • Cumin/jeera seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Whole black pepper seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Ginger – 1 tablespoon (chopped finely or grated)
  • Few curry leaves
  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • Cashew nuts – 10


Wash and soak raw rice and moong dal for 15 minutes. This helps to cook rice and dal faster.  Add salt, 1 teaspoon of ghee and 4 to 5 cups of water and pressure cook the soaked rice and dal upto 4 whistles.


Once the pressure is cooled down, mash them thoroughly with a masher or a ladle and keep it aside.  In a pan, add 1 tablespoon of ghee. Add black pepper and cumin seeds and saute on a low flame for a minute. Add grated ginger and curry leaves and saute for few seconds.


Pour this mixture to the cooked rice and dal and mix well. In the same pan, add another 1 tablespoon of ghee and add cashew nuts and saute till golden brown.


Add these to the cooked rice and dal and combine together.  Switch off the flame. Ven pongal is ready to be served.


Serve ven pongal or huggi hot with sambar or coconut chutney.


NOTES : Ven pongal tastes better if it is mushy. You can add little ghee at the time of serving to enhance the taste.

You can grind the pepper to a coarse powder and then temper it,  to make pongal more spicy and get pepper flavour.

4 Responses to Ven pongal or khara pongal recipe – how to make ghee pongal recipe

  1. sathyakala rajesh says:

    Prepared as per ur receipe…tastes excellent and yummy

  2. durgamurali says:

    Mam i love dishes so much and ven pongal is very very taste i love ven pongal so much

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