This is a rice dish that is traditionally prepared during Pongal or Sankranthi. It is similar to Pongal, but with a slight difference in preparation and taste.

Makes about 4 servings.


Rice : 1 cup
Moong Dal : 1/2 cup
Jeera Seeds : 1 teaspoon
Black Pepper (Coarsely ground) : 1 teaspoon
Curry Leaves : 10 – 12 leaves
Turmeric : 1 pinch
Salt : to taste
Ghee : 2 tablespoons


Fry the moong dal in a little bit of ghee for a couple of minutes to slightly warm the dal.
Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.
Transfer to a pressure cooker and cook with 3 1/2 cups of water.
If you want the dish to be a little softer, add some more water and stir for a couple more minutes.
Top with ghee and serve immediately.

Recipe Credit : Shanta Rao