I have hated pongal all my life, But my opinion of pongal changed when i tasted it in Saravana Bhavan in Dxb. They had the perfect blend of spices and the lightly flavoured ghee added an additional aroma to the dish. thus changed my opinion about this dish.
Here is this simple recipe.
Moong dal - 1cup
Rice - 1cup
Cashew nuts - 15
Pepper Corns - 10
Jeera - 1 tsp
Green chilli - 3 (Finely chopped)
Ginger - 1" (Finely chopped)
Roast moong dal on a low flame till a nice aroma comes. Add water and wash the moog dal after roasting it.
Cook rice and dal in a pressure cooker. (Add 6 cups of water)
Heat ghee in a kadai, add pepper corns and jeera, Once roasted add ginger, chilli, cashewnuts and curry leaves.
Once its well fried add the cooked rice and dal mixture, Add required amount of salt.
Serve it hot with chutney or Raita.
Cooking time : 30 minutes
Serves : 3-4