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Melagu (rice) Pongal Recipe

Melagu (rice) Pongal
How to make Melagu (rice) Pongal

Rice pongal is a popular dish of Tamil Nadu. This spicy version with rice, moong dal and peppercorns is traditionally known as Melagu Pongal. It is enjoyed by people of all age groups.

  • Total Cook Time 45 mins
  • Prep Time 10 mins
  • Cook Time 35 mins
  • Recipe Servings2
  • Easy

Ingredients of Melagu (rice) Pongal

  • 1 Cup Rice (dry-roasted and washed)
  • 1/2 Split moong dal (washed0, roasted
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 5 cups Water
  • 1/2 cup Ghee
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds (powdered), roasted
  • 1 tsp Black peppercorns (powdered), roasted
  • 2-3 tbsp Cashew nuts (split)
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1 tsp Asafoetida
  • to taste Salt

How to Make Melagu (rice) Pongal

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Cook rice, daal and turmeric in the water, till soft and keep aside.
Heat ghee and add the cumin seeds, peppercorns, cashew nuts and curry leaves.
Saute till slightly colored.
Add heeng, salt and the rice mixture and cook over low heat for 2-3 minutes.
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