Monday, May 26, 2008

Venn Pongal - A sumptuous breakfast fare

Yep, I got my mojo back!

VennPongal is the fair looking cousin of the rich Pongal. When I wake up on a Saturday morning, with no idli batter, no mood for upma, a 'Noooo way!' for cold cereal, a 'Yuck!' for slimy oatmeal, 'You got be kidding me!' for bread and eggs and 'Nope, I don't want to stand in front of the tava for long' to make besan cheelas or yellow mung dal dosa, the thought of VennPongal brings a beautiful smile on my face. This is a typical breakfast fare in most Tamilian homes and restaurants. The name 'Venn' comes from 'Vennmai' - the white color. A typical side dish would be Coconut chutney and Sambar but I was in a whimsical mood to add some color and a twist in taste to my breakfast.

Rice - 1 cup (Wash it and keep it aside)
Yellow mung dal - 1/2 cup
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - a sprig
Pepper corns - 1/2 tbsp (less if you prefer it less hot)
Cummin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste

Heat the 1 tsp oil in the pressure cooker and roast the yellow mung dal for a few minutes. The dal should not change color. Now wash the dal in the pressure cooker under the sink faucet. Add the rice to the dal in the pressure cooker, add salt, 4 cups of water and pressure cook till 2-3 whistles. Let it cool till the pressure drops.

Crush the peppercorns into quarters and slightly crush the cummin seeds, just so to bring out the flavor. Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a small kadai and add the crushed pepper and cummin seeds, add the curry leaves and saute for a few seconds. Add to the VennPongal in the pressure cooker and stir well. Serve hot.

Green Chutney
Coriander leaves - a big bunch, wash and drain well
Onion - a quarter, chopped into big pieces
Garlic - 3-4 pods, chopped into halves
Ginger - 1 inch piece, skinned and chopped
Channa dal - 1 tbsp
Cummin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Pepper corns - 5
Green chillies - 2
Grated Coconut - 3 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Tamarind - 1 small piece, say about an inch

Heat oil and add the cummin seeds. Add the channa dal and pepper corn and roast them for a few seconds. Add the onion, green chillies, ginger, garlic pieces and saute them. Add the coriander leaves and saute them, but only till they wilt. Switch the stove off and add the coconut, tamarind and salt. Grind these to a fine chutney. Enjoy!


indosungod said...

Howdy! Kay! Glad to see you back and hope the magic sticks :)

The green chutney with Ven Pongal is a good idea.

Venn has just recently become a favorite breakfast though I don't cook it that often. It was in the category of Upma before.

Kay said...

Yeah, I didnt like it much when we grew up too.. somehow it turned to be one of the fav. dishes now.

Indira said...

It's so good to see you back in the blogging world, Kay.:)

Your new posts are extra delightful. I guess we have to thank the new member in the family.:)

Sandeepa said...

Good to see yoy back kay :) So the little one now lets you cook and blog too

Kay said...

Thanks Indira And Sandeepa!

Yep, She lets me blog - if she sleeps! :)

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