Ven Pongal Sambar is a South Indian breakfast of a savory rice porridge and a tangy soup. Healthy and delicious way to start the day!
Here in America, our savory breakfasts are mostly egg based. This is not true for India. Since much of the population does not consume eggs due to their pure Vegetarian status, their savory breakfasts often includes rice and other things that Western people would probably consider more apt for lunch or dinner. This is one of those meals. This is a very typical South Indian breakfast combination, but whether you have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner, this tart and tangy soup will definitely satisfy your appetite.
Although sambar made for breakfast is usually very simple with just tomato and onion, I prefer this more hearty version to fuel up for the day!
Want to see how I enjoyed breakfast when I visited India? Check out my post here!
You can make the sambar the night before. Trust me, it tastes even better on Day 2 after all the tastes have had time to develop. Then putting together the Ven Pongal the next day is done in a jiffy. You can just put it on the stove. Go take a shower and by the time you are dressed, your pongal will be ready. Heat up your sambar and enjoy this healthy and filling breakfast before you head out the door to work.
IN THE MAKING – HOW TO MAKE SAMBAR
A great soup, even on its own. Indian comfort food.
Serve with Ven Pongal. See here for recipe.
Now isn’t this healthy bowl a better way to start the day than some of the sweet breakfasts popular in the US like pancakes and muffins?
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