Oats Pongal (oat And Lentil Porridge)

Pongal is to the South Indians what Khichidi is to the North of India. Though Pongal has a tempering quite strong and spicy at times and is had with chutney and sambar. I had pongal for the first time when I joined IIT Madras for my PhD. I fell in love with the dish and knew I wanted to have it every day. It was also tempting because Pongal was served with vada. But the fact that khichidi and pongal have rice in it turned me off after a point because I was scared of weight gain. With the latest craze over oats I thought Pongal could be made with oats for a healthier version. I also saw it in markets branded by Saffola and I knew my prayers had been answered. It tastes just like rice but is still not rice. I have used a simple tempering for my baby was having it too. You could make it spicier by adding ginger and green chilies, whole peppers and other spices of your choice.

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Teena Augustine's Secret Indian Recipe !

Preparation Time: 
10 Min
Cooking Time: 
25 Min


Oats- 2 cups
Split green gram dal- 1 cup
Ghee- 3 tbsp
Garlic- 7 cloves
Curry leaves- 1 sprig
Salt- to taste
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Pressure cook the dal up to 2 whistles with 2 cups of water. It should be in a mashed state after cooking.
Heat 2 tbsp ghee in a pan and roast the oats. Add the oats to the cooked lentils along with salt and pepper powder and start cooking it over medium flame.
For tempering heat the remaining 1 tbsp ghee and add cumin seeds. Once the seeds splutter add curry leaves and finely chopped garlic.
When the garlic starts to brown add the tempering to the Pongal and let it simmer for 3 minutes. See that Pongal is watery because over time it solidifies.
Take the Pongal off the flame after 3 minutes of tempering and serve with chutney and sambar. If you can manage a vada it is the best combo ever.
Usually whole peppercorns are used in Pongal but since we don't like biting into them and also for the kid, we chose pepper powder.