When we were kids myself and my bro both were fans of Lalli's amma Pongal.............. during pongal Aunty will give more of her sweet pongal to our house as she knew about me and my bro........ the combination of  sweet pongal with this vadai used to awesome ........ hot peppery taste and sweet pongal make us drooling ........... after marriage I started doing on every Pongal festival day.......... as my hubby prefers ven pongal than  sweet pongal I cook it with sambar and chutney for him ......... but today display is for u Bro  on this Pongal day enjoy!!!!!!!!


Sweet Pongal, Ven Pongal and Pepper vadai


Raw rice                           - 1 cup

Split yellow moong dal    - 1/2 cup

Salt                                   - to taste


Cumin Seeds                    - 2 tsp 

Whole Black Pepper        - 1 tsp 

Curry leaves                     -  15

finely chopped ginger      - 3 tbsp

Asafoetida Powder          - 1/2 tsp 

Ghee                             - 4  tbsp

Oil                                 - 2 tbsp


Dry roast moong dhal until slightly browned, set aside with raw rice. You can soak rice and dal for 30mins.  Pressure cook rice, moong dhal and salt with 4 cups of water for 3-4 whistles until mushy.

Take a frying pan first add a tsp of  ghee and fry the cashews, set aside. 

In the same pan add a tbsp of ghee and  oil  when hot add  cumin seeds,  pepper, asafoetida and curry leaves then add the chopped ginger saute a little. 

Add it to cooked rice...add the cashew too and mix it well....

Ven Pongal is ready to taste........ Serve it with sambar and coconut chutney ......



 Raw rice             -1 Cup

Split Moong dal      -1/4 Cup

Jaggery              -2 Cups
Milk                 -1 Cup 

Cardamom powder      -1/2 pinch

Cashews              - a handful

Ghee                 - 7 tbsp 

Water                - 2 Cups

Wash the rice well and set aside and roast the moong dal for a few minutes until aromatic.

Boil milk in the cooker then  add the rice and dal along with the water and pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles.

Melt the jaggery adding very little water and strain the liquid  to remove impurities in it.

Open the cooker and add the jaggery to it.

Mix it well and cook for some more time with the lid open in low flame.add 3 tbsp of ghee to it.

Heat the remaining ghee and fry the cashews until golden brown and add it to cooked  Pongal along with  cardamom powder .

Close the lid and let it sit for a few minutes before serving.

Yummy Sakkarai Pongal is ready to taste.........