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vellai pongal recipe
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Vellai pongal recipe

Vellai pongal recipe, is basic pongal made with rice cooked in milk. Creamy pongal is supposed to be mixed with the sambar we make on pongal and had it as main dish on pongal day.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Servings: 3


  • ½ cup Raw rice
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 3 cups Water
  • Salt - A pinch


  • Boil milk+ water in a heavy bottomed vessel. Wash rice well, drain and add it to the boiling milk
  • Cook in medium flame until the water+ milk gets absorbed and rice gets cooked soft. Mash it well, add salt and keep stirring at this stage to avoid pongal getting stuck to the bottom of the vessel.


  • Adjust milk and water measurement according to the rice variety. New rice need lesser and old rice need more.
  • Add salt according to the taste but we just add a pinch only. Add it towards the end.
  • Add more hot water at the end if the rice is not cooked.
  • You can also do in pressure cooker. Reduce water quantity accordingly and pressure cook for 5 whistles.