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Pulagam (Moong Dal Rice )

 Hi friends today i am coming with a recipe based on rice called "pulagam".This is very easy and simple  to make.This can be made as  plain or spicy based on ur taste.Usually  my mom make this during festival times when you cannot eat onions.U can eat plain pulagam with ghee and sugar mixing it or u can eat with adding seasoning. For this recipe u need:-


Rice -2 cups
Moong dal-1 cup
Ginger paste-2to 3 tbsp
Green chillis-4 to 5 nos
Red chillis-1 to 2 nos
Mustard seeds-2 tsp
Cumin seeds -1 tsp
Curry leaves-few
Hing-2 pinch
Turmeric powder-2 pinch
Jaggery -2 tsp
Bay laves-3 nos
Cardamom-3 nos
Cloves-3 nos
Pepper corns-1 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil or Ghee-4 tbsp
Water-3 cups (if u need u can add more)


First dry roast the moong dal until it changes to light brown color.

Now take the rice into a bowl
.When it changes the color of the dal changes add rice to it.
Now wash the rice and dal  and drain the water keep it aside.
Heat oil or ghee in a pan,add cardamom,cloves,bay leaves,peppercorns fry until the color is changed.Now add th rice and moong dal to it.
Fry for 4 to 5 minutes and put into rice cooker with 3 cups of water.Add salt,turmeric powder and jaggery mix well cook till rice is done.
Wait for 20 to 25 minutes till rice is cooked well.Now this plain  pulgam is ready.If u like u can have with tomato  curd chutney .

For Seasoning :

Heat oil or ghee in a pan ,add cumin seeds,mustard seeds when it pops up add red chillis,green chillis,ginger paste,hing curry leaves let them fry for few minutes.
 Now add the rice and salt  into it mix well.Sprinkle little water and cover the lid cook for 5 minutes.
Now open the lid mix well.Off the flame.
Serve hot with chutney or pachadi.

 Sorry guys i forget to put whole pepper corns.


Nithu Bala

Superb Rice Dear..very new to me..I'l try this for sure..


Pulagam chala bagundi.As usual love your step by step presentation.


Looks delicious :) I make moong dal kichdi in simila manner. I did not find any black peppercorns here in pictures... did u mean black pepper powder?


Divya, what beautiful memories fro my mom used to make and we used to it. As you said, it was festive food. We always ate it plain with ghee and some chutneys or sambar etc. This is a nice spicy variety. Will surely try it.


Oooooh...that's a delicious, healthy meal! Thanks for sharing. MaryMoh at http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com


That was a new recipe for me, Simple & Healthy...Shud give a try !!

Priya Suresh

Thats a wholesome rice, looks incredible..


A very filling and a delicious rice dish!

Love2cook Malaysia

WOW, simply amazing dish! I liked the way U demo the steps! :)

Cool Lassi(e)

Looks awesome! Very comforting rice dish! I love it.


Moong dal rice sounds and looks delcious..Will give it a try since its so easy to prepare..


Moong dal rice looks really yummy. Healthy too.

Sushma Mallya

Interesting one in rice dishes, i loved it divya

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover

this rice look really yummy, happy weekend!


Nice healthy n delicious moongdal rice dear,,never tried this one sure will give it a try.


will give a try dear....its easy to make...

Aruna Manikandan

looks healthy and delicious dear :-)

Umm Mymoonah

I once had this in my friend's place and i liked it so much but i din't have the recipe, now i got your yummy recipe. Thank you for sharing it Divya.

Treat and Trick

That's simple yet tasty and healthy rice, thanks for sharing dear...

Jayanthy Kumaran

Never tried this...now goes to my must try list dear.

Life is beautiful !!!

Looks very inviting. My hubby calls the sweet version with jaggery as pullagam. Beautifully presented !!!


yummy 'n colorful looking rice dish! Love the step by step presentation..


HEY wow thats a nice one...this is my fav dish dear...thanks for such a lovely one...gr8 color....

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nice rice,will try it...luks delicious.

Hamaree Rasoi

Very delicious and healthy meal

Hamaree Rasoi


wow ...love your blog, nice recipes , liked ur moong rice preparation a lot, looks delicious :P


Beautiful dish to have as a nice lunch so rich n nice shots divya.It's totally new to me though.


Very Well Explained and it looks Yummy!!!! I always ask my mom to prepare this, my mom will prepare Pacchi pulusu as a combination to this .... its heaven with that pacchi pulusu...

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