Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Healthy Greens Pongal

Greens Pongal

Idly, dosa, pongal, vada!!!! This is the standard breakfast menu in any South Indian restaurant. All the four are so inevitable. Its pretty much the same at home as well but for more and more varieties and twists added to it since all three at home are foodies ;)

Greens as it needs no introduction has loads and loads of good deeds to its profile. So adding it to any dish would automatically make it super healthy. :)

Hence this twist of keerai and other spices along with ginger garlic to the pongal makes the ever boring pongal into a very interesting aromatic morning breakfast :)

I used Arai keerai. But you can try your hand on using the other greens varieties too.

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Arai Keerai or Mulai keerai(Amaranth greens) - 1/2 bunch
Raw rice - 1 cup
Moong Dhall - 1/3 cup
Water - 5 cups
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch piece
Cardamom - 2
Cloves - 2
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Onion - 1
Pepper - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Ghee - 2 tblsp

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In a bowl wash rice and dhall together and add 5 cups of water to it.

In a frying pan add ghee and fry cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ginger garlic paste, onion and greens for 5 mins. Then add the fried ingredients to the rice and dhall mixture.

Powder the pepper and cumin together into a coarsely. Add this to the mixture along with salt.

Now cook the contents in the cooker for 4 whistles. Finally garnish with ghee fried cashews.

Healthy greens pongal is ready to eat.

Serve hot with coconut chutney.

Enjoy the healthy and yummy south Indian breakfast :)

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Written by: Nithya
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Sailaja Damodaran said...

Super Idea......

Shabs.. said...

Wow......Stunning pics nits...BTW, i have never had those leaves!!how do they taste like?

prasanna venkatesh said...

is this what they call "pokkiri pongal"? ! spiced up and new :-)

Nithya said...

@Shabs - I am really not sure of the English name. But some sites say that arai keerai is Amaranth greens. And abt taste, its neutral. It isn't sour or bitter for sure.

@Prasanna - :) yes its pokkiri pongal since a pokkiri made it ;) ha ha

Rachana said...

A very healthy recipe. Looks yumm!

Menaga Sathia said...

nice idea..dlicious n healthy pongal!!

Shanthi said...

Good idea

Preethi Sriram said...
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Unknown said...

Nice twist to the regular pongal and healthy too as greens is added

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Satya said...

very nice idea of making ponagal with greens ..yummy ...must try ur version soon


My Kitchen Antics said...

I have never really liked pongal from my chennai days mainly because the ones we used 2 get in hostel were quite hideous...
now however after seeing ur pics im sooo drooling

Pushpa said...

Love pongal as such...with greens love it more....looks great...


Hamaree Rasoi said...

Pongal looks so delicious and healthy. Loved the clicks.

Hamaree Rasoi

Sandhya Hariharan said...

wow.. wot a healthy twist...

Jagruti said...

Superb pics Nithya...glad your site started working...:)

Pavithra Srihari said...

loved the pokkiri part the most :D .. super tuistu to the pongal

Priya dharshini said...

The pics r too gud this time..luv pongal in any form

Suja Manoj said...

This pongal recipe is new to me..sounds great and healthy.

Priya Suresh said...

Love the addition of greens in pongal, looks awesome..

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Love the addition of the greens to the pongal !! Great idea and awesome pics !!

swapna said...

Greens in pongal...nice idea!! love it and looks delicious..

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Unknown said...

really healthy version dear,will try it...

Raks said...

Cool idea nithi! Nice healthy addition!

Rachel said...

Pongal with greens.. healthy goodness.

Rumana Rawat said...

looks so tempting:)

Anonymous said...

amazing Nithya....lovely recipe :)


Jeyashris Kitchen said...

nice innovative idea to use greens in pongal.nice clicks

vidhas said...

Nice clicks, Niti. Very innovative recipe.

Sanctified Spaces said...

Nice idea.Adding onions to the pongal is a first for me.

Rekha shoban said...

interesting and healthy one....nice click!

Anuradha said...

Very different recipe. I should try it once.

dsdsds said...

Nice twist to the regular pongal.. loved your pics.. lovely

Pavithra Elangovan said...

I too make this keerai pongal..So healthy , I usually add one small tomato with this. Since this keerai is rarely available I used to add spinach.Pictures are good as always,.

Nammaruchi.blogspt.com said...

Nice recipe...Tempting clicks!

Uma said...

looks so delicious!! A healthy way to eat pongal.

sanjeeta kk said...

A real healthy and comforting recipe, Nithya!

Unknown said...

Very interesting variation to the usual pongal. Looks delicious and inviting...

RV @ Food for 7 Stages said...

Picture perfect Nithi. Arai keerai makes me feel nostalgic. I should ask my Mom to buy all these green when I visit India. It is ages since I had them. Btw, it is a great idea to incorporate greens into this traditional breakfast food.. Yumm.

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