Enjoy the tasty 'Aval Ven Pongal' this Pongal
Enjoy the tasty 'Aval Ven Pongal' this Pongal

Aval Ven Pongal is one of the nutritious, tasty and healthy south Indian dishes. It needs very less ingredients and can be done in a matter of 15-20 minutes.


Aval/Poha (any variety) - 1 cup

Split green gram dal/moong dal (yellow) - 1/4 cup

Turmeric Powder - a pinch

Whole black pepper - 1 tbsp flat

Cumin seeds/jeera seeds - 2 tsp

Cashew nuts - 6-8

Salt to taste

For the seasoning

Oil - 2 tbsp

Ghee - 4 tsp

Hing - a generous pinch

Ginger - 1 inch piece finely chopped

Green chilli - 1 finely chopped

Curry leaves - 2 sprigs


Dry roast moong dal (pasi paruppu) until you get a nice aroma of roasted dal. Do not brown it. Cook dal with turmeric powder and needed water until soft. You can also pressure cook dal for 2-3 whistles. Mash it well and keep it aside.

Heat a tsp of ghee and fry the cashew nuts until golden brown. Keep it aside.

Rinse aval 2-3 times and drain the water completely. Let it sit for 15 minutes. I used red thick aval for preparing this pongal. If using thick aval, rinse it 2-3 times, sprinkle water and keep it aside. Let is sit for 20 minutes. Crush black pepper and cumin seeds or grind it in the mixie just for a second. Do not powder it.


1. Heat oil and ghee, add hing, finely chopped ginger, green chillies and curry leaves. Saute for a few seconds.

2. Then add the ground pepper and cumin powder and saute for a few more seconds.

3. Add the cooked dal and salt needed.

4. Then add the aval and mix well. Cook for a few seconds until everything gets blended well. Add cashew nuts and remove from heat.

Serve aval ven pongal with chutney or sambar!

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