Broken Wheat Pongal

Broken Wheat Pongal

Other then broken wheat halwa aka Lapi I also use broken/cracked wheat for pongal some times.  It’s very filling to eat and easy to prepare, a perfect weekday dinner recipe for me or a perfect breakfast for a healthy start of day.  I had last year resolution to post reader’s request recipes but I was not doing that seriously so this year again I made this resolution and will try to post requested recipes.  I have quite a few requests to post healthy/diet friendly recipes and now I guess I should start doing something about it, so starting the series with this delicious, filling, healthy and quick cracked wheat pongal.  If you are on diet then skip ghee and have it with some good side dish which has lots of vegetables.  And if you don’t like usual boring, dull dalia then try this pongal you will sure love it.

Ingredients for Broken/Cracked Wheat Pongal [Serves 2-3]

Broken Wheat/Dalia – 1 Cup
Yello Moong Dal/Split  - 1/2 Cup
Water – 2 Cups + as needed
Salt – To Taste
Peppercorns – 1 tsp
Oil/Ghee – 1 tbsp
Curry Leaves – a sprig [ I ran out of it so didn't use]
Cashew nuts – 2 tbsp

To Grind
Ginger – 1” pieces
Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
Peppercorns – 1 tsp

1. Rinse broken wheat/dalia and moong dal 5-6 times.

2. Add water, salt, peppercorns and pressure cook for 3 whistles.  Once pressure released, slightly mash it.

3. Grind coarsely all the items listed under “to grind” without water.

4. Heat oil/ghee in a pan add grind-ed masala, curry leaves, cashews and saute until golden brown.

5. Now add cooked pongal and mix well.  Add water depending on the consistency you like for pongal, adjust salt if required.  Bring it to a boil and off flame.

Serve warm with a gallop of ghee if preferred.  Have it with chutney, sambar or any side dish of your choice.

Note ~
~ If you eat this pongal after a while it will become thick, add some hot water, simmer for 2 minutes and serve.
~ Don't skip ginger, that's add the flavor.

Have a nice day ~~