Khara Pongal is a South Indian comfort food often made as a breakfast dish. Pongal is the simplest and easiest breakfast recipe. It is an auspicious dish prepared on harvest festival Makara Sankranthi in almost south Indian houses, Indian field beans (Avarekalu) is seasonal beans which we get in winter season, which as a nice aroma of its own adds more taste when it is added to Khara Pongal, Try this popular recipe and celebrate this Pongal
To pressure cook –
Rice – 1 cup
Split green gram (moong dal) – 1/2 cup
For seasoning –
Fresh Indian field beans (Hitikida avarekalu) – 3/4 cup
Mustard seed – 1 tsp
Pepper – 1 tbs
Cumin seeds – 1 tbs
Cashew nut – 2 tbs
Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp
Green chilies – 2 chopped
Ginger – 1 tsp grated (optional)
Fresh Curry leaves – 4 springs
Fresh Coriander – 1 big bunch chopped
Coconut – 1 cup grated
Oil/ ghee to fry
Salt to taste
Peel field beans, separate seeds from pods and soak the seeds for 3 to 4 hours in water. After soaking peel the skin of each seed (just press/squeeze gently each seed to remove the peel/cover of the seed) and keep ready.
Pressure cook split green gram and rice together by adding 5 cups of water for 3 or 4 whistles.
Keep all the ingredients ready as shown in the above image. Heat oil in a pan, when it is hot add mustard seeds and pepper together allow it to splutter
Ensure peppercorns and mustard seeds sizzled then add cumin and cashew saute until it turns to golden brown
Add asafoetida, curry leaves, chopped coriander, grated ginger and green chilies saute for a while
Add field beans (Hitikida avarekalu) into it, saute cook in a low flame by closing the lid of the pan until the beans are soft and cooked, (It takes very less time to cook as the skin is peeled out of it) Ensure that the beans are cooked or done
Add grated coconut to it and saute together
Add rice and dal mixture into it and combine. Add salt to taste
Bring it to boil for 3 to 5 min in a low flame, bring it to a thickness of consistency. Switch off the flame, rest it for 5 to 10 min, then transfer it to a serving dish and…
Enjoy hot Pongal with ghee and coconut chutney.
Adding field beans a special taste and flavor of its own, You can also add fresh avarekalu (without soaking and peeling the seeds.) to prepare this recipe, pressure cook it separately for 3 or 4 whistles.
Always add 1/2 part of chopped coriander for seasoning and 1/2 part finally when Pongal is done to get perfect taste.
Take special while tempering, do not burn any ingredients as it spoils the taste of the dish.
Field beans take less time to cook when it is soaked and peeled.