Ven pongal or khara 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.


  • 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


Step 1

HOW TO MAKE VEN OR KHARA PONGAL OR HUGGI RECIPE Wash and soak raw rice and moong dal for 15 minutes. This helps to cook rice and dal faster.

Step 2

Add salt and 4 to 5 cups of water and pressure cook the soaked rice and dal upto 4 whistles.

Step 3

Once the pressure is cooled down, mash them thoroughly with a masher or a ladle and keep it aside.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

Switch off the flame. Ven pongal is ready to be served.

Step 7

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

Step 8

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

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