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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Pongal and Brinjal Gojju & Awards

Usually, for few Hindu marriage celebrations, they serve pongal with brinjal Gojju for breakfast. Its a very healthy and unique combination.

For Pongal:


Rice - 1 cup
Moong dal - 1 cup
Ginger - 1 inch long, cut into pieces
Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Black pepper - 1/2 tablespoon
Curry leaves - few
Salt to taste
Cashews - few
Oil /Ghee - 1-2 tablespoons

Wash and pressure cook rice & dal upto 4 whistles.

Add more water than usual, since pongal would be tasty if it is a bit sticky.

Heat oil/Ghee in a small pan. Fry cashews to golden brown and keep aside.

Then add black pepper, cumin seeds, curry leaves and ginger pieces and fry for 5 minutes

Add it to the cooked rice with salt to taste.

Mix them well and cook it for 5-10 mintues.

Hot pongal is ready to serve.

Cooking time - 30-40 minutes
Serves 3-4 persons.

For Brinjal Gojju:

Green Brinjal (Eggplant) - 5-6, medium sized
Lentils (Toor dal/Tuvaram paruppu) - 1 cup
Asafoetida powder - a pinch
Green chilly - 1
Curry leaves - few
Small sambhar onions - 7-8, finely chopped
Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Urad dal - 1 teaspoon
Red chillies - 2
Tomatoes - 2
Chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
coriander powder - 1/2 teaspoon
turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Tamarind - little, small berry sized
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tablespoon

Wash and cook lentils in 3-4 cups of water, with asafoetida powder, turmeric powder, green chillies and 1 tomato.

Meanwhile, cut brinjal into small pieces and put them in water, so that it wont turn black/brown.
Once lentils are 3/4th cooked, add brinjal and cook it covered until they are completely cooked and becomes soft.

Heat oil in a small pan. Add mustard seeds and allow them to splitter.

Then add green chillies, urad dal, curry leaves, chopped onions and fry until onions turn golden brown.

Chop 1 tomato and add to it. Then add chilli powder, coriander powder and fry for a minute.

Add this to the cooked dal and mix well. Add little water if it is more thick. Allow it to boil.

Extract 1/4 cup of juice from tamarind. Add it to the boiling dal with salt to taste.

Cook for 5 minutes and it is ready to serve. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Cooking time : 45 minutes
serves 3-4 persons.

I am sending this Pongal and Brinjal Gojju to WBB Combi Breakfasts hosted by Latha of Masalamagic


Brinjal Gojju to Curry Mela hosted by Srivalli.
Now to awards.....

Sowmi and Srilekha have passed me "Just Nice Photos - Beautiful Site" & "2008 Best Blog Darts Thinker" awards.

Thanks a lot Sowmi and Sri:) Hug you both;)

With the same happiness, I am passing it to.......

FoodyGuru (Srimathi)
Tom Aarons

Congrats Friends!!!


Easycrafts and Sanhita have passed me Brilliant Weblog award.

Thank you EC and Sanhita:)


Priti said...

Very nice combo ...looks gud & Congrats for all the awards..

jayasree said...

Pongal and gojju combo features refularly in my b'fast menu. Loved the creation on top of the pongal...

Congrats on all those awards and thanks for thinking of me too.

notyet100 said...

pongal u can send for swc too.../:-),..combo looks delicious

SriLekha said...

kalakuringey anni! colr idlis for independence day theme is superb! pongal athai vida super! kalaiyiley than saapiten!

notyet100 said...

vani lakshmi ha spost of pongal in her taste of mysore blog,.u can chk there...i think so its common for both cuisine ...don knw about preparation style though...:-)

Srivalli said...

Thanks for the lovely entry..nice combo!

Bhawana said...

CONGRATULATIONS ILA, for your awards. You deserve them. You have a wonderful blog and recipes.

Thanks Ila, for thinking about me :). Enjoyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Maheswari said...

Thanks a lot yaar!Really appreciate it.Pongal and sambhar ketturukkein..Entha combo supera erukku.
I love brinjal will try soon...

kamala said...

Great combo Vani..Sure I will try ur gojju soon.Thank you dear for passing this award to me..COngrats for you too.

Sangeeth said...

luv this combo....atleast once a week this is my dinner....luv it..congrats on ur awards....

FoodyGuru (Srimathi) said...

P & G is wonderful to eat in the morning hot off the stove. Congrats on the awards and thank you for thinking of me and sending one to me too.

Medhaa said...

Looks great.

I tried pongal last week since hubby loves it, but mine looked different.

Nithu said...

Awesome combination. I love pongal with gosthu (we call it that way). Mouthwatering.

Madhavi said...

Yummy combo Vani, great entry!!! Congratulations on ur well deserve award, and thanks a ton for passin' n me :)))

sowmya said...

nice pongal gothsu...will make it today on the eve of varalakshmi nombu!!

Tom Aarons said...

Love the face on the pongal! And thanks for the award!

I have to admit to being a bit new to this... How does it work? What do I do with it? :)

notyet100 said...


Tom Aarons said...

Hi Vani. I'm unable to repost the awards because my system is having problems with small images. But thank you for thinking of me. It was really sweet of you!

LG said...

POngal and gojju combo looks yumm.....

Jil Jil said...

an award is waiting for you.......

SMN said...

pongal and gojju looks yum


pongal is yummy ... a comfort food for me ... liked the brinjal gojju also ...

Roochi said...

hi, i tried out this gojju today and it came out well. i liked it, guess it goes even with plain rice. However i followed your recipe and made as combi with pongal. Great one.

Learn Speaking English said...

Good post.