Ven Pongal

Ingredients (Translation)

1 Cup Rice
4 tbsp Greengram Dal
4 Cups Water
Cashew nuts -5 to 6
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Pepper -
3 to 4 tbsp Ghee
Ginger- a small piece cut finely
Salt to taste

First take the cashews in a microwave safe bowl and add a tsp of ghee and set it on microwave high for half a minute. Transfer to another container and in the microwave safe bowl, add the washed raw rice and moong dal along with 4 cups of water. Spread a little ghee on it so as to prevent spilling. Set the Microwave to high for 10 minutes. Remove it and check if the rice is cooked well, else cook it for another 3 to 4 minutes…it depends on the quantity and quality of rice used. Mix it well along with salt as per taste, the roasted cashews, finely cut ginger, pepper and jeera. Microwave it on high for another minute. Allow 3 minutes standing time.

Transfer to serving bowl and serve with ghee, coconut chutney or sambhar.

The other version
This goes to Srivalli's MEC:Tiffin event

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