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Monday, September 17, 2007

Pongal Godhsu


Pongal, Godhsu, Medhu Vadai and Chutney - all four together - evoke this wonderful memory of my childhood Sunday brunches. Many Sunday mornings, my mom made this combination which became a favorite brunch in our family.

Now, thankfully, D and Ana love it too, so I get to make it on and off on weekends. Plus, it gave me a reason to use up the eggplant, chilies and tomatoes from our garden.


Now, I was too lazy to make vadai, but I did make a simple chutney. And, as always, my recipes are adapted to my tastes, so they may not be quite traditional and authentic.

for the godhsu:
1-2 Ichiban eggplant (or any variety handy)
1-2 red paprika peppers (optional)
1 kung pao green chili (or any other variety)
1 medium onion
2 medium tomatoes
salt to taste
1 tsp cumin powder
1 Tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp hot chili powder
1 tsp brown sugar
½ tsp tamarind concentrate

Tempering: 1 Tbsp canola oil, 1 tsp mustard seeds
curry leaves, cilantro for garnish
for pongal:
1 cup jasmine rice
½ cup yellow split moong dal
3 cups water
salt to taste
1 Tbsp whole black pepper
1 Tbsp cumin seeds
2 Tbsp canola oil

for the peanut-coconut chutney:
½ cup dry roasted peanuts
¼ cup dry grated coconut
1-2 red paprika peppers, or red chilies
salt to taste
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Chutney:Combine the ingredients in a blender/food processor and blend to a fine paste, adding a little water, if needed. Optionally, add the tempering: heat oil in a pan, add 1 tsp urad dal, when it turns golden brown, add a tsp of mustard seeds and cumin seeds and when the mustard seeds pop, off heat and garnish the chutney.


Pongal: Combine the rice and dal in a pressure cooker and cook till slightly mushy; heat oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds and whole black pepper, stir a little till cumin seeds sizzle but not burn, add the cooked rice+dal, some salt, stir well, adjust to taste; add a little water if the rice is too thick; I prefer the almost-porridge consistency.

Godhsu: Finely dice the vegetables; heat oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds; when the mustard seeds pop, add the onions and other diced vegetables, sauté a little; then add the cumin, coriander, chili powders, salt to taste and the tamarind, some water to cover the vegetables, and allow to simmer on medium low till vegetables are cooked but not mushy. I like the godhsu to be fairy thick, not too runny...

Serve the pongal and godhsu hot and steaming. It makes a filling brunch especially on cold winter mornings. But, many a nights, I have served this for dinner too.

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  • At 5:58 AM, Blogger Asha said…

    Oh man!! You are great cook.How beautiful! Wish I could snatch that plate from screen!:))

  • At 5:17 PM, Blogger bhags said…

    the pics are absolutely beautiful....the plate is inviting, can i come over


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