Hominy Grits & Moong Daal Pongal

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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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05 Mins30 Mins3-4 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.
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  1. Bhawana

    This is very different to me. Looks delicious.

  2. Trupti

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

  3. ranji

    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…:)

  4. Asha

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