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Khara Pongal Recipe

Khara Pongal - is a popular South Indian Breakfast prepared using split moong dal , rice and dry coconut.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Karnataka, Protein Rich, Rice Varities, South Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5 People
Calories 338kcal
Author Muktha H S


  • ½ Cup Split Moong Dal
  • ½ Cup Regular Rice
  • 1 teaspoon Green chillies ,finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger ,grated
  • ½ Cup Dry coconut , grated
  • 3 tablespoon Oil
  • 5 ½ Cup Water
  • 1 ½ -2 teaspoon Salt or as required

Dry Roast Powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoon Jeera /cumin seeds
  • ¾ teaspoon Black peppercorns

For Tempering

  • 3 tablespoon Ghee / Clarified Butter
  • ½ teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • ½ teaspoon Whole Black Peppercorns
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 2 tablespoon Cashews pieces
  • 2 Sprigs Curry Leaves
  • 1 Big Pinch Asafoetida / Hing
  • 2 no Dry red Chillies , Broken.


  • Wash and soak rice for 10 minutes,drain and keep it aside.Wash Moong dal and keep it aside.
  • In a pressure cooker, heat 2 tablespoon of oil and fry moong dal lightly for a 1-2 minutes, for this add rice and sauté for 1 more minute.
  • Add grated ginger and finely chopped green chillies, also add pinch of turmeric powder. 
  • Mix everything well and add 5 ½ cups of water and salt to taste. Pressure cook for 1 whistle.
  • Dry roast Black peppercorns and cumin seeds. Coarsely powder it in a mortar and pestle and set aside.
  • Once pressure is released on its own, add the above coarsely grounded powder and mix well. Adjust water if it’s too thick.
  • For Tempering, Heat ghee in tadka pan and remaining oil, add mustard seeds and black peppercorns.
  • Once it crackles, keep flame on sim, add cashews,dry red chilli, asafoetida,jeera seeds and curry leaves and fry well.
  • Pour tadka over the pongal, add copra/dry coconut mix well.
  • Keep on a medium heat and allow to cook for 4-5 Minutes.
  • Serve it super hot with coconut chutney.



Calories: 338kcal