Pongal is a very famous South Indian Breakfast Delicacy made with Rice and moong dal and tempered with freshly ground spices with ghee. I replaced rice with Aval/Poha/Beaten rice and it was extraordinarily tasty. I started doing this as a regular breakfast and amazingly though it is a filling one, doesn't give the feeling of heaviness...
Ingredients for making Aval Khaara Pongal:
(Serves 4 People)
Aval/Poha/Beaten rice 4 cups
Moong dal 1 cup
salt to tasteFor seasonig:
Finely chopped ginger 2 tea spoons
Cumin seeds 1 tea spoon
Coarsely crushed pepper corns 2 tea spoons
Hing powder 1/2 tea spoons
Curry leaves for garnishing
Cashews 5 to 7 (Optional)
Ghee 2 tb spoons
How to make Aval Khaara Pongal?In a broad pan dry roast moong dal till nice aroma comes.
Add 4 cups of water to it. Wait till it boils 50%.
Now wash the Poha well and drain the water and keep aside.
When the moong dal is fully boiled but not mushy add the poha with 2 cups of water and salt and keep stirring.
When the stuff becomes thick like a porridge switch off the stove.
The poha will absorb the water in no time.
In a sauteing pan heat the ghee and add all the items mentioned above under seasoning and transfer to the Pongal Pan.
Mix well and serve hot with chutney or sambhar.