December 30, 2015

Aval / Poha / Rice Flakes Ven (kara) Pongal | Pongal Recipes

Pongal is a traditional food liked by everyone. Since it is made of Raw Rice, it is unfortunately not healthy. The good news is that Aval Kara Pongal which I tried with rice flakes is indistinguishable in taste and also healthy because of Rice flakes. I highly recommended trying this atleast once. Once you start to like this, you will never go back to rice pongal.

Recipe Cuisine : South Indian | Recipe Category: Breakfast
Preparation Time:  10 mins  | Cooking Time: 15 mins | Yields: 3 cups

Thick Aval / Poha / Rice Flakes
1 cup
Split Green Gram / Moong  dal / Paasipparuppu
½ cup
Cumin Seeds
1 tsp
Black Pepper
1 tsp
 1 inch (grated)
Curry Leaves
1 spring
As required
4 ½ cups
Turmeric Powder
A pinch
Asafoetida or Hing
¼ tsp
To Temper:
2 tbsp
Cashew nuts (chopped)

1. Dry roast moong dal till a nice aroma comes out.
2. Pressure cook the dal with 1 ½ cup of water for 2 whistles in high flame. Allow it to cool down.
3. Meanwhile, wash and soak the rice flakes for 1o mins with 2 cups of water.
4. Dry roastthe  pepper and cumin seeds together till the aroma comes out.
5. After the pressure has gone from the dal (pressure cooker from step 2), add the rice flakes with soaked water. Then add the roasted pepper and cumin seeds (from step 4), curry leaves, grated ginger, salt , turmeric powder, hing and 2 ½ cups of water. Mix them well.
6. Pressure cook for 1 whistle in high flame and switch off the flame.
7. Heat the pan, add the ghee and fry the cashew nuts till they become golden color.
8. After the pressure has gone, temper it with fried cashew nuts. Mix them well and transfer it into a serving bowl or hot box.
     Wow health aval kara  pongal is ready to eat. Serve it with coconut chutney and sambar.

1. You can use the rice flakes soaked water also.
2. You should not keep the pongal in the cooker itself. Because the pongal will becomes thick soon.
3. Adding turmeric powder give nice color to the pongal.

Check out my other Pongal Recipes:
 1. VenPongal


Anonymous said...

Thanks for this recipe.
Can we make this thin poha too

Kurinji said...

@ Anonymous: you can use thin poha too, but no need to soak it. Just wash and use it.

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