Manjal Pongal

Manjal Pongal is prepared on the auspicious day Aadi chevvai (Tuesdays in the Tamil month Aadi). This is a tradition in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.


  • 1 cup rice, washed
  • 1/4 cup Toor dal / split pigeon pea /Tuvaram pariippu / thogri bele, washed
  • 1/2 teaspoon raw turmeric grated
  • 8 curry leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 5 cups Water


  1. Mix rice, dal, curry leaves, turmeric, salt and water.
  2. Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.
  3. Serve Manjal pongal hot.

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