Khara Pongal /Spicy Pongal

Khara Pongal,Ghee Pongal is one the simplest and comfort breakfast recipe, it is quite common  breakfast in many of south indian families.I'm not a fan of  khara Pongal but i do
prepare it often as it consumes very less time.I actually didn't wanted to blog about pongal as it is very well known but still few of my readers asked for the recipe as they wanted to get that perfect consistency,so thought of blogging.Though the name says spicy pongal,its not so.Its just the name given as we also do sweet pongal,its only for the purpose of differentiation . I always make pongal with Coconut chutney .Easy,Healthy and Simple!

Category:Vegetarian|Cuisine:South India|Course:Breakfast
Prep Time:10 Minutes(inactive)|Cooking Time:20 Min|Serves:4-5

Moong  Dal:1/2 Cup
Rice:1/2 Cup
Green Chillies: 2 finely chopped (1 Tsp)
Ginger Shredded:1 Tsp
Dry Coconut/copra:1/2 Cup
Oil:1/4 Cup

Dry Roast Powder:
Blackpepercorns: 1 Tsp
Cumin Seeds: 11/2 Tsp

For Seasoning:
Ghee:2 Tbsp
Mustard Seeds:1/2 Tsp
Whole Black Peppercorns: 3/4 Tsp
Cumin Seeds:1/2 Tsp
Cashews:2 Tbsp
Curry Leaves:2 Sprig
Asafoetida:Big Pinch
Dry Red Chilly: 2 Broken

Wash and soak rice for 10 minutes,drain and keep it apart.Wash Moong dal and keep it aside.

Take a pressure cooker,add 1/8 cup of oil and fry moong dal lightly for a minute,for this add rice and saute for a minute.

Add grated ginger and finely chopped green chillies.You can also add pinch of turmeric powder. Mix everything well and add 51/2 cups of water and salt to taste.Pressure cook for 1 whistle.

Dry roast Black peppercorns and cumin seeds.Coarsely powder it.

Once pressure is released on its own,add the above coarsely grounded powder and mix well.Adjust water if its too thick.

For seasoning,Heat ghee and remaining oil,add mustard seeds,black peppercorns.Once it splutter turn off the heat,add cashews,red chilly,Asafoetida,jeera and curry leaves.Pour it over the prepared pongal,add copra/dry coconut mix well and Keep on a medium heat and allow to cook for 2-5 Minutes. 

Serve it super hot with coconut chutney.


  1. Thank you for posting this wonderful recipe Ma'm ,It came out simply superb :)

    1. Hey Jenny,that's great to know.Good you tried a recipe from my blog 😊