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 taste
- For 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.
The amount of water required varies according to the thickness of the Poha. So adjust the water accordingly.