I am a big fan of Pongal since my MBA days. Pongal used to be served regularly at IIMA along with Medu Vada. It was a combination that I used to look forward to at breakfast. Recently I searched online for quick pongal recipes and found this one which comes very close to what was served on campus.


1.     Wash 2 cups rice and ½ cup Moong Dal (Basically 4:1 proportion)
2.     Now cook the rice and moong dal in a pressure cooker with 7-8 cups of water and 1 tsp of turmeric for 2-3 whistles. The rice needs to be well cooked till soft.
3.     Remove from flame. Add salt to taste
4.     Give a tempering (chaunk) of whole 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 2 twigs of curry leaves and 1inch ginger finely chopped in 2 tbsp of ghee.
5.     Add to the rice mixture and serve.
You can also add ghee - fried cashews if you like.


  • Meena | 5 March 2012 at 07:32

    Hey Shweta, Pongal looks yummy!We too follow a similar recipe but slightly different proportion of rice:moong dal (1:1/3) Also dry roasting moong dal before cooking it & adding a powder of ground curry leaves, cumin & black pepper at the end, adds to the flavor.

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