Samba Rawa Pongal / Gothumai Ravai Pongal – Go Healthy!

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Cream of Wheat Pongal: Ingredients: Wheat semolina 1 cupMung dhall 1/2 cupMilk 1 cupSaltGreen chili 1 choppedGinger 2″ choppedCurry leaves fewPeppercorns 2 spoonsCumin seeds 2 spoonsCashew nuts fewGhee/oil 1/4 cup. Method: Cook mung dal/lentils till tender. Dry toast the semolina and add to the above lentils. Further add 2-3 cups of water. Add salt too, [...]

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Restaurant Style Rawa Pongal / Sooji Pongal / Semolina Pongal

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Restaurant Style Rawa Pongal: Ingredients: Rawa 1 cupMung dal 1/4 cupFarm fresh milk 1 cupGreen chilies 1 or 2 finely choppedGinger 2″ choppedCurry leaves fewPeppercorns 2 spoonsCumin seeds 2 spoonsAsafoetida 1 pinchSalt to tasteCashew nuts 15-20Ghee 1/4 cup. Method: Soak lentils for about 40 minutes or 1 hour before cooking. Add just enough salt and [...]

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Restaurant Style Ven Pongal – Secrets of Hotel Recipe

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Restaurant Style Ven Pongal: Ingredients: 1 c raw rice 1/4 c mung dal 1 c milk 1 chili chopped 2″ ginger grated few curry leaves 2 tsp pepper 2 tsp cumin seeds 1 pinch asafoetida salt to taste 10 cashewnuts 1/4 cup ghee Method: Soak rice and lentil for about 40 minutes or 1 hour [...]

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Dry Pongal – Ever heard of it? Accidental Invention, hehe:):)

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Pongal:(Dry Version) On the other day, I was just goofing around, totally jobless(Yes, you guessed it right)…but was not in the mood for cooking! Somehow, forced myself to create an edible meal…threw few things together, and guess what? The lazy version or adult version whatever you can call it…but the Dry Pongal (which eventually turned [...]

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Happy Sankranthi – Harvest Fesvital Special Roundup!

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One of my favourite things to do in India is to attend all the jubiliant festivals. I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Makara Sankranthi

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Samba Rava Pongal

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Godhumai Ravai Pongal: Cracked Wheat Pongal. Samba Godhumai Rava Pongal. Myself and my brother live in two different time zones…that we can’t always talk:( We have 17 hours difference (He is in Australia)…so he should stay up all night and I should get up too early to get hold of him. So, does this have [...]

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Lentil’s Rice

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Paruppu Saadham: Pappu Annam, Paruppu Saadham. Rice Kitchedi. Arisiyum Paruppum Saadham??? Yes…much similar to ‘Masala Pongal’ dish with slight variation! Its a comfort food, well balanced, nutritional and easy to fix recipe! As we say it as ‘Paruppu Saadham’(at Chennai)…people from South(Coimbatore belt)call this as ‘Arisiyum Paruppum Saadham’!! Hmmmm pretty weird??? I tease them a [...]

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Anasi Pazha Pongal

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Pineapple Pongal: Sweetened Pineapple Rice. Anasi Pazham Pongal Sweetened Pineapple Rice. Annasi Pazha Pongal. This is my friend Farah’s recipe. She is my next door neighbour back home. She was also teaching in the same school….I used to go to (years back & not to my class tho’) When they moved into our neighbourhood….she was [...]

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Karumbu Chaaru Pongal – Pongal Special

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Karumbu Chaaru Pongal: Kanne Ki Chaawal. Karumbu Saaru Pongal. Sugar Cane Pongal. This is once again my friend Kranthi’s Mother’s recipe. She made this on a Pongal(Sankranthi)day. Sure…it got into my mind, as it tasted much like fresh cane. I liked the idea about fresh cane juice in cooking rather then using crude jaggery or [...]

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Murungai Kai Pongal

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Murungaikkai Pulp Pongal: Drumsticks Pulp Pongal/Rice. The Botanical name of this tree is ‘Moringa oleifera’! Both Leaves and pods are edible here. Well…talking about its pod, we call it ‘murungai’ in Tamil. Which literally means ‘twisted’. Yeah…the pod is so slender and looks like twisted one. The common name of ‘Murungaikai’ is ‘Horse Raddish Tree’ [...]

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