Poha Pongal / Atukula Pongal

After a brief break owing to ill health, I am back with BM #36. Thank you all for the good wishes sent my way. This week I plan to present some interesting versions of the traditional Pongal. 
In my growing up years back at home, my mom always prepared only the traditional Ven Pongal and Sweet Pongal. After my foray into blogging, I have tried Oats PongalQuinoa Pongal.
My mom first gave me the idea of making this Poha pongal almost 4-5 years back. The scribbled notes were in my storage box only to be unearthed when I was looking for some other papers. :)

Note that I have added green chillies instead of the pepper corns used traditionally. Feel free to play around with the flavors of your choice. This version was liked at home with all of us.
Poha Pongal / Atukula Pongal

Ingredients - 

Poha 1 cup
Moong Dal 1/2 cup (Split yellow moong dal)
Ghee 1/2 tsp
Green Chillies 1-2 (or as needed)
Jeera / Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Salt as needed
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Seasoning (Ghee 2 tsp, Mustard Seeds 1/2 tsp, Chana Dal 1 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Curry leaves few, Cashews few, Asafoetida couple pinches)

Poha Pongal / Atukula Pongal

Method Of Preparation -

Roast the moong dal in 1/2 tsp of ghee until they turn slightly golden brown.

Add 1 cup of water to the roasted dal and cook either on the stove top or the microwave until the moong dal is cooked through but not mushy. [We prefer that the pongal not be mushy.]

Meanwhile wash the thick variety of poha and set aside in a drain pan.

In a heated pan, add ghee and the rest of the seasoning ingredients.

Sprinkle turmeric, chopped green chillies and add the drained poha. Mix well and add the cooked moong dal.

Let them cook for a minute or two. Sprinkle salt and mix well.

Remove from fire and serve it hot with an accompaniment of your choice. I served it with Tomato Gojju. It tastes awesome with Okra Gojju as well.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 36.

Preparation Time 20 min
Serves 2-3


  1. super yummy and different way to use poha

  2. Delicious and colorful looking poha. My idea of a wholesome breakfast. Wonderfully prepared.

  3. Srivalli Says:
  4. Good to have you back Harini, glad you are better. Poha pongal is such a neat idea..the poha looks so good..

  5. looking colorful and appetizing

  6. Sumee Says:
  7. delicious Poha.. Happy New Year. Hope you feeling better

  8. Nice variation to the regular rice pongal!!! very colorful!!

  9. sushma Says:
  10. Poha pongal soo delicious. Good to have something different when you are bored of eating the regular ones.

  11. Unknown Says:
  12. Delicious variation..Love to try it soon.

  13. Poha pongal sounds and looks very delicious !

  14. Looks delicious and a good change from the regular pongal with rice!

  15. Nice twist from regular pongal!! and makes a wholesome breakfast..

  16. Looks good!

  17. Pavani Says:
  18. Very interesting pongal with poha. Will give this a try sometime.

  19. Suma Gandlur Says:
  20. A new dish to me. It reminds me of pulagam. I prepare BBB with poha and was thinking of poha in a pongal dish and here you are.:)

  21. Unknown Says:
  22. I loved this idea.delicious

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