Friday, 25 May 2018

Pongal || katte pongal || ven pongal

Pongal is very traditional and famous recipe in Tamil Naidu. It is easy and simple to cook with less ingredients. Its my kasturi peddamma's(aunty) favorite dish. Whenever we visit her home, she prepare ven pongal, coconut chutney and vada 😋😋😋 for breakfast. Talking about calories,
200 calories in 1 cup of pongal. You can eat pongal with chutney, sambar and gostu. Pongal taste good whe served with Coconut chutney .Check out my coconut chutney recipe too.

                 Pongal - katte pongal

 Prep Time : 5 mins

 Cook Time : 15 min
 Serves: 4
 Recipe Category: Breakfast
 Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
 Author: Aruna

     Ingredients needed:

Raw Rice - 1 glass

Moong dal -1/4 cup
Salt -as needed
Water -4 glasses
Ghee - 1 tsp

For seasonings:

Jeera - 2 tsp

Curry leaves -1tsp
Ginger - 1tsp
Pepper - 1tsp
Hing - 1 pinch
Ghee 2-3 tsp.


* Wash rice and moong dal well and soak in water for 10 min.Drain the water and keep it ready.

* Take a pan, add 1tsp ghee and fry kaju until turn golden brown.

Method :

1. Take pressure cooker add 1 tsp of ghee add soaked rice and dal fried it for few seconds. Now add water, salt and pressure cook it for 4 whistles in medium flame.

2. Take a pan/ kadai add 2 tsp of ghee then add ginger fry for a second . Now add pepper, jeera, curry leaves fry it and switch off the flames. Add fried cashew nuts, fry it and add the mixture to the boiled pongal and mix it.

Ven pongal ready to eat 😋😋😋


* You can fry ginger before frying rice and dal.

* You can add green chillies, crushed pepper and jeera to get kara pongal.

* You can cook it without keeping whistles.


◆ To avoid leakage of liquid while coming whistle - after adding water to the rice and dal, cook it without keeping lid .

◆ Add melted ghee on pongal before eating.

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Coconut chutney || kobbari pachadi || Thengai chutney

Coconut chutney is famous recipe in chutney varities. We can prepare 'n' number of varities with coconut like by combining with groundnuts, fried gram, onions, tomatoes, pudina, mango etc., Today i am posting basic, simple and easy plain coconut chutney. This chutney goes well with idli, dosa, pongal, vada and upma. Talking about calories in 100 grams of coconut we have 354 calories.

Let's start the recipe..

      Coconut chutney-kobbara pachadi

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 5 min
 Serves: 2
 Recipe Category: chutney
 Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
 Author: Aruna

     Ingredients needed:

Fresh grated or chopped or scraped coconut-1cup
Green chillies-3
Tamarind - pinch
Coriander leaves -1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 spig
Salt - as per taste
Oil - 1 tsp
Water as needed

For seasoning

Mustard seeds - 3/4 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Urad &  chana dal -1tsp
Red chilli -1
Curry leaves -1tsp
Hing  as per taste(pinch)


* Grate or scrap fresh coconut ready.


1. Take a pan add 1/2 tsp of oil then add green chillies, fry it. switch off the flames, add tamarind and saute it .

2. Add scraped coconut, fried green chillies, coriander leave, ginger, tamarind and salt.

3. Grind it for a second, mix the ingredients with spoon once and very little water and grind .

4. Add 1 and half tsp oil  to the same pan. Now add mustard seeds once it splutters add jeera saute it once, then add urad nd channa dal, curry leaves, hing and red chill. Fry it well  and switch off the flames. Now add this to chutney, and mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Easy and simple Coconut chutney ready...🤗


 * I always prefer using scraped coconut instead of grated, because it adds good taste to chutney.

* Adding ginger gives good taste, as it's simple plain chutney.

* You can also squeeze lemon but it taste different.


◆ Do not water at first, to get getti chutney. If you want can add later.

◆ To get chutney in color - Donot  scrap the coconut with brown part.

◆ I heard that adding little milk also gives white color to chutney( i never try i will let you know once i used 😉 )

Health benefits of using coconut:

● Reduces high blood pressure

● Helps to maintain cholesterol levels

● prevents wrinkles and rejuvenate skin.

● Good for Hair and Skin

● Supports strong bones & teeth

● Promotes Thyroid function

● Boosts energy

● Excellent for immunity Anti-viral, Anti-Fungal, Anti-Bacterial

I will update all chutney varities soon...

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