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
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Prep time: 05 Mins
Cook time: 30 Mins
Yields: 3-4 Servings
A simple healthy recipe to make indian pongal using grits instead of rice.
Ingredients:
  • 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

Procedure:
  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.

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5 Responses to “Hominy Grits & Moong Daal Pongal”

  1. Asha says:

    Great ideas with grits Madhu, savory Pongal looks delicious!:)

  2. ranji says:

    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…:)

  3. ranji says:

    thank u for the tip madhu :)..and as a matter of fact i have a recipe in my blog for ripe plantains which we konkani’s make :)..here is the link.
    http://rbcuisines.blogspot.com/2008/03/kellya-ambatsweet-banana-curry.html

  4. Trupti says:

    pongal looks delicious madhu..love the new format of post entry.

  5. Bhawana says:

    This is very different to me. Looks delicious.

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