Hominy Grits & Moong Daal Pongal

hominy grits pongal

After my successful experiment with grits preparing Adai, I have started using it in various other recipes. Since I’m also watching our consumption of rice, grits and cracked wheat have become the key ingredients in my cooking. So recently I tried Pongal using grits, substituting it for rice. We absolutely loved the taste.

Hominy Grits Pongal Recipe Print
Prep time
05 Mins
Cook time
30 Mins
3-4 Servings
Hominy Grits & Moong Daal Pongal A simple healthy recipe to make indian pongal using grits instead of rice.
  • 1.5 Cups Quick Cooking Grits
  • 1/2 Cup Moong Daal
  • 2 Tablespoons Ghee
  • 1 Tablespoon Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 2 Teaspoons Pepper Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Grated Ginger
  • A Pinch Hing
  • As Per Taste Salt

Hominy Grits Pongal Ingredients

  1. Wash the grits and daal and keep it aside.
  2. In a pressure cooker add 1 tablespoon of ghee and oil.
  3. Once it gets hot add the cumin seeds, ginger, pepper powder and hing.
  4. Then add the grits and daal and fry it for 2 minutes.
  5. Now pour 7 cups of water and close the pressure cooker with its lid.
  6. Once the steam starts coming, put the weight and leave it for 4 whistles, switch off the stove and remove the pressure cooker from the stove.
  7. Let it cool for 15-20 minutes, then you will be able to remove the weight from the pressure cooker. Now add the required amount of salt and the remaining 1 tablespoon of ghee and combine it well. Grits pongal is ready. Enjoy it with your favorite chutney or sambar.
My Notes:
  1. Usually in pongal, whole peppercorns are added. Since I have a toddler at home, I used pepper powder instead.
  2. I get fresh ginger in bulk here. To store it, I peel the ginger and cut into small pieces and store it in a Ziploc bag in the freezer. Whenever I want ginger I take one piece and grate it using a lemon zester. The gratings are so fine and paste like.


  1. Awesome..u come up with awesome dishes with grits :)..love them all….i am trying ur ada using grits today..
    I have something for u in my blog..collect it soon…:)


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