Thursday, April 15, 2010

Venpongal and Carrot Sambar

  • Raw rice – 1 cup
  • Mung dal – ¼ cup
  • Peppercorns – 1 Table spoon
  • Cumin seeds – 1 Table spoon
  • Asafoetida - pinch
  • Curry leaves
  • Water – 4 cups
  • Cashew nuts - 1 Table spoon
  • Ghee
  • Salt
  • Soak rice and mung dal in water for about 20 mins.
  • Drain soaked rice and dal. Cook them in a pressure cooker by adding four cups water and required amount of salt.
  • In a separate vessel, heat one table spoon ghee and fry cashew nuts, peppercorns, cumin seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves.
  • Mix this with cooked rice and dal.
  • While serving, add two table spoon ghee over pongal.
 Carrot Sambar:
  • Carrot -2 nos
  • Toor dal – 150 g
  • Onion – 1
  • Tomato – 1
  • Garlic cloves – 3
  • Sambar powder – ½ Table spoon
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ Tea spoon
  • Tamarind pulp – 1 Table spoon
  • Salt
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Coriander leaves
  • Cook toor dal with water and keep it aside.
  • Chop carrot, onion and tomato.
  • Extract juice from tamarind pulp.
  • Heat oil in a vessel and add mustard seeds. When they pop up add onion and a pinch of salt. Fry till onion is slightly brown.
  • Add carrot, tomato, curry leaves, turmeric powder, sambar powder and tamarind juice. Mix and cook them well.
  • Now add cooked toor dal, required amount of water for the curry and crushed garlic cloves. Adjust salt and cook the mixture until it is done (in a slow flame).
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.


  1. carrot sambar is new for me..
    nutritious combo!

  2. Nice Combo Krishnaveni! Carrot Sambar luks gr8...Keep Rocking!

  3. The pongal and sambar looks so delicious.the carrot sambar is new to me.
    Pongal i used to prepare.sure will give a try to this caroot sambar..
    Best combos ..

  4. Both of these dishes looks yum, loved the way you have presented nice and delicious

  5. Such alovely healthy protein packed dish.Nice click too.

  6. Both dishes looks delicious..fabulous combination..

  7. Krishna,,,pongal n carrot sambar great combination i like it very much,,here i get more carrots than our indian veggies i use only carrot for sambars mostly..

  8. wooow!!!both dishes looks delicious and yummy...superb click....

  9. Awesome combo..carrot sambar is something I never had before...though I put them along with other veggies in my sambar :-)

  10. nice combination dear! awesome presentation too!

  11. Hello friends thanks for your valuable comments

  12. Abba Akka! I am feeling hungry already...Wow looks super good.