Traditional Pongal recipe with Red Rice

Traditional Red Rice Pongal

Mapillai Samba rice is known for various benefits such as diabetic-friendly diet-friendly, gluten-free, etc.
Let’s make a healthy traditional Pongal recipe with this red rice.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, dinner, occasional
Cuisine asian, Indian, south indian
Servings 6


  • pressure cooker
  • Spatula
  • Mixing bowl


  • 1 cup Mapillai samba rice (red rice)
  • 1/2 cup Moong dal
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp Ghee
  • 1/2 tsp Jeera
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • Few Curry leaves
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 2 no Green Chilli
  • 10 no Cashew nuts


  • 1. Wash & Soak the red rice in water for 15 minutes.
  • 2. Pressure the cook the rice for 3 whistles, by adding 5 cups water and salt.
  • Wash and add moong dal to the pressure cooker. Also, add 2 more cups water into it and again pressure cook for 2 more whistles.
  • Once cooked, mix and smash the rice & dal.
  • Heat 2 tsp ghee in a kadai.
  • Add Jeera, pepper, curry leaves, chopped ginger, green chilli and cashew nuts. Sauté well and add to the cooked Pongal.
  • Serve with Chutney and Sambar.



1. Soak rice for 15 minutes.
2. Add 5 cups water for one cup rice & pressure cook for 4 whistles.
3. wash moong dal and add to the cooked rice. Also add 2 cups water for the dal to cook.
4. Cook for 3 more whistles for the dal to cook.
5. Once cooked, mix and smash the rice-dal mixture by adding salt. 
6.  Heat ghee in a kadai. Sauté jeera, black pepper, chopped ginger, green chilli, curry leaves and cashew nuts.
7. Add to the Pongal and mix well.
8.  Serve with chutney & sambar.
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