Pongal, Vadai, Sambhar

May the festival of the harvest season, be one that brings along with it, all that's best and everything tht you desire.

Delicacies from Tamil Nadu

Prep & Cooking: 25 mts
Serves 4 persons
Cuisine: Tamil Nadu

What a way to shoo away the Monday blues:) Home made Pongal, Vadai and Sambhar..... nothing can beat it :) Dont you agree??? Truly a feast to your eyes and if you havent tasted these dishes .....  try them im sure you will love it!!



Rice 1 cup
Moong Daal or split green gram dal 1/2 cup
Cashew nuts hand full
Cumin Seeds 1tsp
Pepper corns 1 tsp
 Green Chili 2 Chopped
Curry leaves 1 stalk
Turmeric Powder 1/2 tsp
Ginger 1 inch piece grated
Salt to taste
Water 3 to 3 1/2 cups


1. Wash moong daal and the rice and keep aside.
2. Heat ghee in a pressure cooker/ a heavy bottom pan. Roast cashew nuts, cumin seeds, pepper corns, green chili, ginger and curry leaves. 
3. Now, add the moong daal/split green gram dal  and saute for a minute.
4. Add rice, water, salt and turmeric powder.
5. Cover and cook until done.
6. Remove and serve hot.


Prep & Cooking: 1 hour 25 mts
Makes 15-20 Vadais
Cuisine: Tamil Nadu


Black Gram / Ulutham Paruppu – 1 cup
Onion – 1 (finely chopped)
Curry Leaves – few
Green Chilly – 3
Ginger 1 tsp grated

Salt – to taste
Oil for frying

Cooking Instructions:

1.Soak black gram dal in a bowl of water for three hours.

2.Wash and drain. Grind it in a food processor or mixer with little or no water. The batter should be fluffy and soft.
3. Add salt and mix well. Now fold in curry leaves, chopped onions, chopped chillies and grated ginger.
4. Wet the palm of your hand with water and place a ball of the vada mix on it . Press it down slightly with the fingers of your other hand. Now using one finger make a hole in the middle of it. Drop it slowly and carefully into the hot oil. Wet your palm each time you make the donut shape - this prevents the batter from sticking on your hand.
5. Fry them until golden brown and enjoy!!


  1. Hey,

    Yummy pongal with sambar and vada...:)



  2. wish you a happy pongal.,.. and the vada looks cool...


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