Vegetable Pongal | Spiced Vegetable Lentil Rice | Gone are those days..

Every day leaves you with some unforgettable memories and only when it passes by we would realise we had lost a day of our life..We were a bunch of friends,not that we tell everything that’s happening in our lives to each other but sure there existed a emotion between all of us which always kept us connected be it while going for shopping or for watching a movie or while having food together.Of all the memories, the best part I remember is the food time we had together for four years in that beautiful girls hostel which used to be pleasant with lush green trees ,fragrant flowers and  pretty giggles all around..Lunches used to be on our own with all of us having classes at different timings where as dinners were always leisurely planned around a large table filled up with various pickle bottles and delicious snacks to munch on along with the very special sambar(Indian lentil soup that can be mixed with rice) prepared by our very own hostel chef!One would reserve a table and wait for the others to join..We used to have food together with lots of gossips and laughter..while the boring TV plays on..and sometimes our dining table would green grass court(thet we used for playing volley ball) outside the dining hall .One of us would mix the rice in large quantities in one plate which would then get passed on to everyone’s hand.Food that was cooked in our hostel kitchen was never too far from the taste of home made food.More than the taste it was the togetherness during our meal that made our food so pleasing to us I believe..
And that’s how my dinner used to blessed isn’t it?
Our beautiful hostel ..

Coming to the recipe, you call it kichidi or pongal or dal rice orwhatever, it is a beautiful blend of proteins,nutrients and carbohydrates and a little fat. This is a easy one pot meal(well almost) packed with spicy vegetables and moong dal(split green gram).I used the left over vegetables that have been lying in my fridge and you could use any of the vegetables for this.You don’t need any other side dish to finish this..




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Vegetable Pongal | Spiced Vegetable Lentil Rice
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Vegetable Pongal(spiced up vegetable lentil rice made with Indian spices and whole goodness of lentils)
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
  • 2 cups Rice
  • 1.5 cup split green gram
  • 7 cups water
  • 2 green chillies slit
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 Cup Mixed Vegetable
  • ½ tbsp curry powder
  • ½ tbsp cumin powder
  • ½ tbsp coriander powder
  • For Tampering:
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp bengal gram
  • ½ tsp of peppercorns
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • Few curry leaves and chopped coriander
  1. Soak rice and lentils together in plenty of water for at least an hour.Drain the water completely and keep aside.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp of oil to a heavy bottomed pan. Add the soaked rice and lentil mixture and fry for 5-8 min until the raw smell goes off.
  3. Add 7 cups of water and salt, mix well and cook it in high flame for 5 min,Reduce the flame and cook until the rice is mushy and 98% done.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a tbsp of oil in a frying pan and add the cut vegetables along with green chillies one by one. Sprinkle salt and turmeric and keep it covered for 10 min under high flame by continuouslysauting .The vegetables will ooze out water slowly.
  5. Reduce the flame and sprinkle all spice powders.Mix well and cook until the vegetables become tender.
  6. To the almost most cooked rice add this vegetable mixture and mix well from the bottom.Cook it covered for 5 more minutes and drizzle some ghee.
  7. In the frying heat oil or ghee for tampering and crackle mustard seeds, Add all the dals and curry leaves along with fried red chillies.Sprinkle hing and curry leaves in the hot mixture.
  8. Pour it over the hot vegetable lentil rice and mix well.Garnish with fresh coriander and enjoy with hot poppadoms!
Can use brown rice instead of white rice.
You could use thoor dal in place of moon dal.
Also adding tamarind juice to this rice will give a diff taste but I somehow don’t use tamarind in many of my dishes.
Vegetables can be of your choice and taste.I used the below
Green peas
Sweet corn

Keeping the food apart, this is how am enjoying my in love with this summer!
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  1. says

    A comfortable one pot meal… ur write up reminded me of my school days… how we used to eat from each other’s lunch boxes and drink from the same glass!!! miss those beautiful days….

  2. says

    Beautiful write up Siri, it reminded me of my college days too…those are ever green memories…thanks for bringing those beautiful for few moments :)
    Btw, pongal with veggies sounds interesting…will try it for sure! Pretty clicks Siri, keep up your great work!

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