Ven Pongal / Khara pongal

Let me confess I hate pongal esp Ven pongal. All my cousins who are all first child in their family hates pongal also.  Even on pongal day we used to have something specially prepared for us. But both of my kids love it. So I make pongal once in a while but I will do something else for myself :-)

Raw rice - 1 cup
Moong dhal - 1/2 cup

Milk - 1/4 CupFresh ginger -one inch
Asafotida powder - a pinch
Jeera (Cumin) - 1 teaspoon
Black Pepper - 1 teaspoon (powder it)
Ghee - 1 tablespoon

Curry leaves - few
Salt - 1 teaspoon or as per taste
Cashew Nuts - 10-15


Boil the milk and let it cool down
Wash the rice and dhal and add 3 to 3 and half cups water. 
Add grated ginger, salt and asafotida and pressure cook for 3 to 4 whistles.
When the it is cool down add milk and mash the rice well
In a kadai, put one tablespoon ghee. When it is hot add cashew nuts, pepper and jeera crushed slightly, curry leaves,  into two and fry till cashew is brown.
Add this to the cooked rice and mix well.

Serve with Sambar or coconut chutney