Khara Pongal (Spiced Lentil And Rice) is also known by the name ‘ven pongal’. This pongal is a nutritious and sumptuous south Indian breakfast made up of rice and lentil. Khara Pongal (Spiced Lentil And Rice) is mildly spiced with pepper and cumin.
This is similar to the ‘kichadi’ of north India. There are numerous ways to prepare this with each house having their own version of the dish, some prefer it mushy and slightly creamy in texture, some like to cooked well but not too mushy, others prefer it a little watery and some others, dry.
In a typical lavish breakfast spread when feeding the guests, along with idli and dosa, pongal or any upma is also served, the accompaniments include two to three varieties of chutneys, milagaipodi, sambar and of course one sweet dish too.
Coming back to the khara pongal or ven pongal, this is usually served with sambar, coconut chutney or kathrikkai gotsu (brinjal pachadi). Click here for Brinjal Gothsu.
Tips: Roasting the moong dal(pasi paruppu) before cooking it gives a nice aroma. Once the rice and dal is cooked, mash it slightly when it is hot.