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Ven Pongal (Electric Rice Cooker way)

Here is my way of making venpongal using electric rice cooker.I dont prefer this cooker for anyother rice cooking.But,u can get excellent pongal by cooking in it :).It takes a lot of time and also need to add more water,when compared to the pressure cooker,but if you try once,then sure you will always prefer this method.
1 1/4 cup Ponni Raw Rice.
1/2 cup Split moong dhal.
8 or more cups of water.
3 tsp Jeera.
a fistful of curry leaves.
a small piece of ginger finely chopped.
a fistful of cashews.
1/4 cup ghee/Vanaspathi(ghee is my choice).
1.Wash and soak rice in water for 1 hour.(You can skip the soaking process)
2.Fry the moong dhal in a pan without oil until it becomes slight brown in color.allow it to cool.Soak in water for 10 minutes.
3.In a electric rice cooker,add the rice,moog dhal,water,jeera,ginger pieces and salt.Initially you can add upto 5 cups of water and in the mid of the cooking process,add the remaining water.
4.In a kadai,heat the ghee and add the cashews,curry leaves and whole peppercorns to it.Fry until the cashews become golden brown.Add this to the cooked rice mixture and stir well.
5.Serve it hot with onion sambhar and coconut chutney(Awesome combination!).

You can substitute the electric cooker with pressure cooker,for cooking the rice and dhal.Add only 5 cups of water in case of using the later.

This recipe is off to Sankranti even hosted by Priti.
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