Healthy Brown Rice Pongal

how to make healthy brown rice pongal recipe

My kids love pongal,so I try to make different variations of traditional pongal recipe. This week I have made this healthy brown rice pongal. I make pongal on weekends mostly.I have talked about quinoa pongal here.

Each time I try to make different pongal. The basic ingredients for pongal remain the same rice,moong dal ,ginger,green chillies. I try to add tomatoes,grated carrots,grated cucumbers or substitute quinoa or oats or brown rice instead of regular white rice for many variations.

healthy brown rice pongal recipe

Ingredients for Healthy Brown Rice Pongal

Brown Rice 1 Cup

Moong Dal/Pesarapappu/Pasi paruppu 1 Cup (You can use 1/2 cup)

Green Chillies 5

Chopped Ginger 1 Tbsp

Tomato 1

Grated Carrot from 1/2 medium sized one

Grated Cucumber from 1/2 medium sized one

Curry leaves

Cashews few

Cumin 1 Tbsp

Pepper 1 Tbsp

Hing Powder 1/2 Tsp

Salt

Cilantro

Ghee

Water 4 cups

healthy brown rice pongal recipe ingredients

Making of Healthy Brown Rice Pongal

First clean and soak rice and moong dal together in water for about 30 min.

Heat pressure cooker on medium heat.

Add ghee and let it melt. Pongal doesn’t taste good if you make it with oil.

Add curry leaves and saute for few seconds.

Now add cumin seeds and pepper and fry for few seconds.

Stir in cashews and saute.

Now add hing and let it froth.

Add chopped ginger,green chilies and stir fry for few minutes.

Now add chopped tomatoes and fry for few minutes.

Add grated carrots,grated cucumber and stir fry for few minutes. I have used half of one medium carrot and one medium sized cucumber. I don’t like them dominating pongal taste.Try experimenting with quantities.

Sometimes I don’t stir fry I just add carrots ,cucumber,rice and water and close the lid and let it cook.It gives a different taste.

Drain water from rice and moong dal and this to the pan.Stir fry for few minutes.

Now add water.I like my pongal mushy so I add 4 cups of water to 2 cup of rice and moong dal. But My Aunts use 6 cups of water and make runny pongal. It is up to you. Add how much ever water you want.

Allow 6 whistles or cook till pongal is well cooked.

Sprinkle chopped cilantro.Serve with your favorite chutney or sambar.We like to eat with peanut chutney.

Simple and healthy brown rice pongal recipe

 

Note: Another way of making pongal is to boil rice and dal mixture first and then give tadka.I also use left over cooked rice and make pongal.

Enjoy !!
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How to make healthy brown rice pongal
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Healthy Brown Rice Pongal

Making of Healthy Brown Rice Pongal
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Sravanthi

Ingredients

  • Brown Rice 1 Cup
  • Moong Dal/Pesarapappu/Pasi paruppu 1 Cup (You can use 1/2 cup)
  • Green Chillies 5
  • Chopped Ginger 1 Tbsp
  • Tomato 1
  • Grated Carrot from 1/2 medium sized one
  • Grated Cucumber from 1/2 medium sized one
  • Curry leaves
  • Cashews few
  • Cumin 1 Tbsp
  • Pepper 1 Tsp
  • Hing Powder 1/2 Tsp
  • Salt
  • Cilantro
  • Ghee
  • Water 4 cups

Instructions

  1. First clean and soak rice and moong dal together in water for about 30 min.
  2. Heat pressure cooker on medium heat.
  3. Add ghee and let it melt. Pongal doesn't taste good if you make with any oil.
  4. Add curry leaves and saute for few seconds.
  5. Now add cumin seeds and pepper and fry for few seconds.
  6. Stir in cashews and saute.
  7. Now add hing and let it froth.
  8. Add chopped ginger,green chilies and stir fry for few minutes.
  9. Now add chopped tomatoes and fry for few minutes.
  10. Add grated carrots,grated cucumber and stir fry for few minutes. I have used half of one medium carrot and one medium sized cucumber. I don't like them dominating pongal taste.Try experimenting with quantities.
  11. Sometimes I don't stir fry I just add carrots ,cucumber,rice and water and close the lid and let it cook.It gives a different taste.
  12. Drain water from rice and moong dal and this to the pan.Stir fry for few minutes.
  13. Now add water.I like my pongal mushy so I add 4 cups of water to 2 cup of rice and moong dal. But My Aunts use 6 cups of water and make runny pongal. It is up to you. Add how much ever water you want.
  14. Allow 6 whistles or cook till pongal is well cooked.
  15. Sprinkle chopped cilantro.
  16. Serve with your favorite chutney or sambar.
  17. We like to eat with peanut chutney.
  18. Note: Another way of making pongal is to boil rice and dal mixture first and then give tadka.I also use left over cooked rice and make pongal.




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