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Pongal: South Indian Rice and Lentil Porridge [Vegan]

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Pongal or South Indian Khichuri as my mother likes to call it is one of my favorite all-time comfort foods. Melted ghee or clarified butter and the toasted cashew nuts make all the difference!

Pongal: South Indian Rice and Lentil Porridge [Vegan]

This Recipe is :

Dairy Free Vegan

Calories

177

Serves

4-6

Cook Time

20

Ingredients

  • 1 cup moong lentils
  • 3/4 cup rice
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (optional, note this is usually not added)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 2 dried red chilies
  • 2 tablespoons cashew nuts
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves

Preparation

  1. Place the rice, dal, ginger, salt, turmeric water and salt and black pepper in the instant pot. Pressure cook on high for 8 minutes. Do a quick steam release and stir well.
  2. Heat the ghee or clarified butter in a small skillet and add in the black mustard seeds and wait until the seeds crackle.
  3. Add the dried red chilies and the cashew nuts and cook for 30 seconds. Add the curry leaves and pour the mixture over the rice and lentil mixture and stir well.
  4. Enjoy hot!

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AUTHOR & RECIPE DETAILS


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Rinku Bhattacharya is a creative Indian cooking teacher and writer, who began teaching Indian cooking almost a decade ago, to share the culture and home flavors of her native India.  Passionate about a conscious lifestyle and seasonal living, she shares her recipes and experiences are chronicled on her blog Spice Chronicles. This concept has translated to two cookbooks. The first is a part memoir, part narrative-style cookbook, "The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles," which was the winner of the 2013 Gourmand Awards for Best Indian Cuisine cookbook. In her second cookbook -- "Spices and Seasons, Simple, Sustainable Indian Flavors" -- Rinku offers recipes inspired by the local bounty of the Hudson Valley. The book also offers tips and ideas on creating a green kitchen and reducing your food footprint!


 

 

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