South Indian Breakfast Thali

Today's post for the Blogging Marathon#16 under the thali theme is a simple breakfast thali.The menu is
  • Sambhar Idly
  • Ulundhu Vadai(urad dhal vada)
  • Ven Pongal(pongal)
  • Nei Roast(ghee roast)
  • Degree Kaapi
The accompaniments are
  • Thengai chutney(coconut chutney)
  • Sambhar
  • Poondu chutney(garlic chutney)


                        Venpongal is a easy to make breakfast item which I make almost every Saturday for breakfast or dinner.Sometimes make it for lunch if I feel lazy to cook or run out of idly batter.Here is the recipe...



Raw rice/paccharisi1cup
Moong dhal/paasiparuppu1/3cup
Cumin seeds/jeeragam11/2tsp
Black pepper/milagu1tsp
Curry leaves1 sprig
Ginger/inji(finely chopped)1tsp
Asafoetida/perugayama generous pinch
Turmeric powder/manjal podia pinch
Saltto taste


  • Wash the rice and dhal together in the water for couple of times.
  • Pressure cook with a pinch of turmeric powder,asafoetida and the salt with 4 cups of water for 2 whistles in a medium flame.
  • Meanwhile heat the ghee and oil in a pan and crackle the black pepper then add the chopped ginger,curry leaves and cashews.Finally add the cumin seeds and put off the stove.
  • Mix it well to the cooked rice and dhal mixture and mix it well,if needed add a tbs of ghee.
  • Serve it hot with chutney and sambhar.


  • The amount of water depends on the quality of the rice,if it is too thick after pressure cook,add a cup of boiling water with a pinch of salt.
  • If the mixture is too watery,cook it again till it gets thick.
  • Usually I added 1/2tsp of crushed pepper and 1/2 tsp of whole pepper.
  • The secret of getting tasty pongal is the amount of ghee used.
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wow...pongal n dosa looks so inviting Nalini...Ghee roast looks like hotel made...great effort,appreciate it!! Nice pictures n presentation!! Keep it up!!
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Beautifully presented,u made me hungry dear..Loved it ,superb!!

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Nice yummy Thali..Loved the mini sambar a big fan of it :)
Ghee roast hotel style.

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the thali made me feel like I am in Saravana Bhavan or Sangeetha restaurant in Chennai... Perfect... 10/10. Please link to my breakfast event...

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Omg, am awestruck to see all these yummy food, my fav breakfast dishes together..Wonderful efforts Nalini.

Ghee roast looks so tempting! இப்படி யாராவது செஞ்சு குடுத்தா ஒரு கட்டு கட்டலாம்! செமையா இருக்கு நளினி! ;) :P :P

what an amazizng spread for breakfast

OMG.. such yummy items in the thali...wish I could eat them right now..everything is so perfect.
crispy dosa like restaurant !!!!
Mini idlis with sambar like we get in Sarvana Bhavan...
awesome vadas and pongal..
all I can say is! wow !! and wow !!!

Ur thali made me hungry :)
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wonderful platter!...all dishes look very tempting! lovely presentations....yummy ven pongal!

OMG Nalini you are rocking, that's one awesome plate!..everything looks great and your plate is too good..

I wish I was your neighbor Nalini. Can't take my eyes off the platter....lovely and so tempting.

Looks delicious!! Have a wonderful Weekend!! ~ Ramona

what a yummy really have that kind of thali at so reminds of those old days before restaurants replcaed them with melamine

:-) If you could send some this way!

wonderful n would die for this yummiest breakfast..

That looks amazing. Love the mini idlis!

That whole platter looks like a true representation of South Indian breakfast. :)

Delicious plate :) So tempting!! Want those vadas now!!

pl send the recipies of ghee roast mini idlis nd the chutneys,nd also the vadas . so perfect as in hotels.

I typically looking like Saravana Bhavan Breakfast plate... Looted from there ;)

I am really impressed along with your writing skills and also with the format on your blog.

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