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Paal Pongal

Paal pongal (milk pongal) or Vellai Pongal made on the day of pongal festival.
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 3


  • Raw rice - 1/2 cup
  • Milk - 2-1/2 cups
  • Salt - to taste


If doing in Vengala Paanai:

  • Add milk in vengala paanai first and bring it to a boil. Let it boil over, then add washed rice and cook till it half done.
  • Add salt and cook it is mushy and sticky.
  • Keep mixing in between with a ladle.

If doing in pressure cooker:

  • Wash rice and add it to the cooker, add milk, salt and mix well.
  • Cook for 4 to 5 whistles over low flame.
  • Let the pressure release on its own, open the lid and mash well with a spatula.
  • Serve with pongal kuzhambu or 7 kari kootu.