Pudina Khara Pongal Recipe (Rice and Lentils Cooked With Mint Leaves & Mild Spices)

Savory rice and lentils breakfast recipe with added mint leaves, served with coconut chutney and gothsu

Nithya Anantham
Pudina Khara Pongal Recipe (Rice and Lentils Cooked With Mint Leaves & Mild Spices)
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Pudina Khara Pongal Recipe is a delicious savoury rice and lentil dish popular as a breakfast item in South India. We have created a wonderful twist to the traditional recipe by flavouring traditional pongal recipe with the Pudina leaves. Pudina renders a refreshing flavour to the dish making it even more delicious. Serve the Pudina Khara Pongal Recipe along with Kathirikai Gothsu Recipe (Spicy and Tangy Eggplant Curry)and South Indian Coconut Chutney for a relaxed weekend breakfast.

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Course: South Indian Breakfast
Diet: High Protein Vegetarian
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

20 M

Total in

30 M


4 Servings


  • 1 cup Rice , soaked for 20 minutes
  • 1/2 cup Yellow Moong Dal (Split) , soaked for 20 minutes
  • 1 cup Mint Leaves (Pudina) , tightly packed
  • 1/4 cup Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , tightly packed
  • 1 Green Chilli
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 5 cups Water
  • 1 teaspoon Oil
  • Salt , to taste
  • To temper
  • 2 tablespoons Ghee
  • 8 Cashew nuts , halved
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Black Peppercorns
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida (hing)

How to make Pudina Khara Pongal Recipe (Rice and Lentils Cooked With Mint Leaves & Mild Spices)

  1. To begin making Pudina Khara Pongal Recipe, wash and soak the rice and dal for 20 minutes.

  2. Make a paste of mint/pudina, coriander, green chilli and ginger using a mixer grinder and keep aside.

  3. Now, heat oil in the pressure cooker, add the cumin seeds and let it crackle.

  4. Add the soaked rice and dal and fry for a few minutes.

  5. Add the mint coriander paste and saute for a minute.

  6. Add 5 cups of water, season with salt and pressure cook for 4 to 5 whistles and keep aside.

  7. In the mean prepare the tadka by heating ghee in a small tadka pan.

  8. Add in the cumin seeds, peppercorns and let it crackle.

  9. Add the cashew halves and fry till they turn golden.

  10. Add the curry leaves and asafoetida and turn off the flame.

  11. Once the pressure has been released, open the lid and mash the pongal mixture.

  12. Add in the tadka over it and Serve the Pudina Khara Pongal Recipe along with Kathirikai Gothsu Recipe (Spicy and Tangy Eggplant Curry)and South Indian Coconut Chutney for a relaxed weekend breakfast.