Samalu Katte Pongali is the special Neivedyam for Navratri Day 1 pooja. It is made with Sama Millet and Moong dal made in similar way as regular Ven Pongal.
Navratri Pooja begins today and we have planned our menu for the next nine days of Navratri. Hubby Dear listed out what needs to be cooked for the nine days and based on what’s already cooked and shared, I planned my menu.
Spicy/ Savory version of Pongal is called as Katte Pongali Andhra, Ven Pongal in Tamil Nadu. For Day 1, it has to be Katte Pongali, Samalu, white lentil that needs to be cooked.
So I decided to make Samulu Katte Pongali for Day 1 along with Atukulu Kobbari Pala Payasam and Alasandalu Guggulu. You can check out the list of 100+ Fasting recipes you can make for Navratri Pooja special dishes
Step by Step Pictures to make Samalu Katte Pongali
Samalu Katte Pongali ~ Navratri Day 1
For the Pongal
3/4 cup Little Millet
1/4 cup Split Yellow Moong Dal / Pasiparupu
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
3/4 cup Water hot
For the Seasoning:
3 to 4 tsp Ghee
1 tsp Pepper powder powdered coarsely
1 tsp Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
1/4 tsp Asafoetida / Hing
Handful Curry Leaves
10 Cashews nut
How to make Samalu Katte Pongali
To make the Pongal:
Take the samai, moong dal and roast it dry. Cool, wash and soak for 10 mins
Add water as required and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
Once the pressure falls down, remove the lid.
Heat a pan with ghee and temper with the ingredients listed one by one in the order listed
Pour this over the cooked pongal, add hot water as required and quickly mix well with a ladle.
Offer as Neivedyam and partake.