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Just as assured as sun rises every day in the east..there are few rituals of every one which do not change over time.  For us it is ‘Pongal’  being the first meal of the week.  It is an equation that does not need any proof :  Sunday AM= pongal 🙂

Pongal is a rich and healthy food . It is a famous breakfast served in marriages.  With no further ado..lets see the ingredients list.

Ingredients:

1. Rice- 1 cup

2. Moong dall- 1/2 cup

3.Grated ginger- 1 1/2 tsp

4.Peppercorn- 10-15 numbers

5. Cumin seeds- 1 1/2 tsp

6. Ghee – 1 tbsp

7. Asafoetida – few pinches

8.curry leaves

9.Cashews – 10 nos

10. Water- 4 1/2 cups

By the time , you gather these …I like to show case my handmade gift for one of our friends. It is  a  crystal tree.

Back to the cook show ……..

Method:

Measure out the dall and rice. Wash the rice. In a pressure cooker, dry roast a little bit the dall. When you feel the raw smell is gone, add water,  rice and needed salt and cook till a whistle.

Alternatively, you can cook in any vessel covered till all water is well absorbed and the rice is well cooked.

To do the tadka, heat the ghee (for diet conscious ..use mixture of oil and ghee), sputter the peppercorns, cumin and ginger and curry leaves. Dash the asfoetida  after the turning off the stove. Add cashews if you want to make it extra rich.  Mix this to the rice and serve warm with sambhar or chutney.

The key is to slightly roast the dall and cook the rice really well. Enjoy (y)our first meal of the week!

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