Slow Cooker Ven Pongal Recipe

Slow Cooker Ven Pongal Recipe

Delicious Slow Cooker Ven Pongal Recipe. Ven Pongal is a beloved South Indian breakfast dish known for its creamy texture and comforting flavors. Traditionally prepared in a pot or pressure cooker, we’re about to introduce you to a hassle-free way to make this delightful dish using a slow cooker. The slow cooker method allows you to prepare a delicious batch of Ven Pongal overnight, with minimal effort. It’s a perfect way to wake up to a warm and satisfying breakfast. Let’s dive into this simple yet mouthwatering recipe!

**Ingredients (in grams):**
– 125g Pongal rice
– 75g split yellow moong dal (lentils)
– 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
– 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
– 2-3 green chilies, finely chopped
– 1-inch piece of ginger, finely grated
– 10-15 cashew nuts
– 10-12 curry leaves
– 1/2 tsp asafoetida (hing)
– Salt to taste
– 2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
– 1/2 tsp mustard seeds


1. **Prepare the Rice and Lentils:**
– Wash 125g of rice and 75g of split yellow moong dal thoroughly. Drain the water and set them aside.

2. **Slow Cooker Magic:**
– Place the washed rice and lentils in your 1.5L slow cooker.
– Add 1/2 tsp of black peppercorns, 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds, 2-3 finely chopped green chilies, and a 1-inch piece of finely grated ginger.
– Mix everything well.

3. **Cooking Overnight:**
– Fill your slow cooker with water, ensuring it covers the rice and lentils.
– Set the slow cooker on a low setting and let it work its magic overnight (I did 10pm to 5pm, then moved to warm mode until breakfast time)

4. **Tempering in the Morning:**
– In the morning, your Ven Pongal will be cooked to perfection. Give it a good stir.

5. **Adding Flavor:**
– In a separate pan, heat 2 tbsp of ghee.
– Add 10-15 cashew nuts and roast them until they turn golden brown.
– Now, add 10-12 curry leaves, 1/2 tsp of asafoetida (hing), and 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds. Allow them to splutter.

6. **Final Touch:**
– Pour this aromatic tempering over your slow-cooked Ven Pongal. Add salt to taste.

There you have it, a delicious batch of Ven Pongal cooked to perfection in your slow cooker! The slow-cooking process infuses the dish with wonderful flavors, making it an ideal breakfast option. It’s not just convenient; it’s incredibly tasty too.

Feel free to share your own experiences with this recipe and any variations you’ve tried. And if you’re new to South Indian cuisine, give it a shot—you won’t be disappointed!

Enjoy your homemade Slow Cooker Ven Pongal, and don’t forget to savor it with coconut chutney or sambar for a truly authentic South Indian experience.

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