Pongal

You know how everything on this site is pretty much a 10 out of 10? How everything I make is like a total win with my husband? How some of the best recipes you’ve ever heard of just somehow seem to magically end up right here?

I was kidding about that last part. Anyway, this recipe is NOT one of those.

This recipe is yuck. I didn’t like it a single bit. I had been waiting for weeks to try it, having to gather the somewhat outlandish ingredients (like split peas, which I don’t keep on hand, and unsweetened coconut, which was an extra trip up to the health food store). And even then, I didn’t have cumin seeds (I used coriander, which I prefer) or curry leaves (where?!).

The article made this sound so good. So warm, so comforting, so delicious. I had illusions of silky, creamy rice and coconut…

Hmph.

I’d call this a tasteless bowl of mush. I will say that the texture is very appealing to those lovers of comfort-food, myself included. Joshua actually liked it better than I did, but not by much. We agreed we’re never making it again, ever.

In case you want to (although, why would you?), here’s the link.

http://www.thekitchn.com/south-indian-simplicity-pongal-127791

Joshua says: 6 out of 10. I’d go with 4. Usually, we go with 1 point off for each problem, but when taste is totally missing from the equation, that’s huge. That’s way more than 1 point. What is a meal, without taste? By the way, we did find that the pongal was tolerable topped with pesto chicken, which I’ll tell you about later.

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One thought on “Pongal

  1. The recipe you have linked to is not Pongal by any stretch of imagination. You can find a Pongal recipe on my blog or many of the blogs dedeciated to South Indian food.

    I hope you do try it with coconut chutney or avial as an accompaniment. 

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