Vegetable Pongal

Week 3 Day 1 of BM #60 - 

As per my friend, this is a popular recipe at my her mom's place. It has been many years since my friend shared this recipe and I remembered to make it just in time for Sankranti this year. I made this for the festival and it was a definite change from the regular Ven pongal.

Recipe Source - friend's mom
Ingredients - 

Rice 1 cup
Moong Dal 1/2 cup
Mixed Vegetables 2 cups (Carrot, Peas etc)
Green Chili + Ginger Paste as needed
Salt and Pepper Powder as needed
Turmeric 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Cashews, Roasted handful
Seasoning (Ghee 2 Tbsp, Mustard Seeds 1/2 tsp, Chana Dal 2 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Asafoetida 1/8 tsp, Curry leaves few)

Vegetable Pongal

Method Of Preparation -

In a pressure cooker, heat a teaspoon of ghee and roast moong dal until slightly golden brown. Add the washed rice mixed vegetables, green chili + ginger paste, turmeric, cumin seeds, salt and pepper powder.

Add about 3-4 cups of water depending on the consistency preferred.

Close the lid and pressure cook for 2 hisses or about 15-20 min.

Prepare the seasoning - Heat ghee and add mustard seeds. After they pop, add chana dal, urad dal, asafoetida, curry leaves and cashews.

Transfer the seasoning onto the cooked rice-dal mixture. Mix well and serve it with an accompaniment of your choice.

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Preparation Time 30 min
Serves 3-4


  1. Suma Gandlur Says:
  2. I like all versions of Pongal, savory and sweet.Adding vegetables increases the nutrition quotient.

  3. annuswamy Says:
  4. Simple and nice.

  5. Pavani Says:
  6. That is a great one pot meal with dal and vegetables. I've to try this one some time.

  7. Kalyani Says:
  8. almost like veg khichdi but dry version !! lovely lovely recipe :)

  9. Simple yet comforting and healthy version of pongal.Addition of veggies sounds interesting.

  10. Priya Suresh Says:
  11. Wonderful way to sneak veggies in Pongal, delicious and healthy dish.

  12. This is a very nice way to add veggies in diet. Looks so colourful and yum..

  13. a great comfort food I am sure

  14. veena Says:
  15. This version of pongal is definetely inviting

  16. This version with the vegetables looks yummy.

  17. Srivalli Says:
  18. Very nice to include those vegetables in pongal, surely a healthy dish!

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