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Rava Pongal recipe with step by step photos – healthy and delicious breakfast recipe of Pongal made with rava and moong dal.

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With rava (sooji or cream of wheat), many quick dishes can be made like Rava uttapam, Rava chilla. this Pongal is one of the those recipes that can be made with rava. Though not quick to make as you need to cook moong dal first, but tastes very good when paired with coconut chutney or just plainly served. In the recipe, some grated veggies and green peas also can be added.

Pongal is a very popular South Indian breakfast recipe. its not only delicious but also healthy and easy to make. There are many variations of Pongal and this rava Pongal is one of them. Other popular variations are:

  1. Ven Pongal
  2. Sweet Pongal

Usually I serve rava Pongal with coconut chutney, mango pickle or curd. Though you can also have it with sambar. It stays soft even after cooling down, so you can also pack it in the tiffin box. This is a no onion no garlic recipe, though you can add onions if you want.

How to make rava Pongal

1. Pick 3 tablespoons of moong dal first to get rid of stones if any. Then heat a small pan or a small kadai and add the moong lentils.

moong dal for rava Pongal recipe

2. On a low flame stirring often roast the moong lentils till they become aromatic.

moong dal to make rava Pongal recipe

3. The moong lentils only need to be roasted till they become aromatic. No need to brown them.

moong dal to make rava Pongal recipe

4. Now take them in another bowl or you can use the same pan for rinsing. Rinse the roasted moong dal a couple of times in water. Then add them in a 2 litre pressure cooker.

moong dal to make rava Pongal recipe

5. Add ¾ cup water and pressure cook for 6 to 7 whistles or 10 to 12 minutes on medium to high flame. for moong dal which cooks quickly, you can pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles and add ½ to ⅔  cup water.

moong dal to make rava Pongal recipe

6. When the pressure settles down on its own in the cooker, open the lid of the cooker. Mash the dal and keep aside.

moong dal to make rava Pongal recipe

Roasting rava for rava Pongal

7. When the moong dal is getting cooked, then you can roast the rava and prep the other ingredients. Heat a kadai or pan and add ½ cup rava in it.

rava to make rava Pongal recipe

8. On a low flame, stirring often roast the rava till it becomes fragrant.

rava to make rava Pongal recipe

9. No need to brown the rava. Just roast till it becomes fragrant.

rava for making rava Pongal recipe

10. Then remove the rava and keep it aside in a plate or thali.

rava for making rava Pongal recipe

Making rava Pongal

11. Heat the same pan and add 3 tablespoons ghee. You can add less ghee if you want.

ghee for making rava Pongal recipe

12. Add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (whole or slightly crushed) and saute till they splutter.

cumin to make rava Pongal recipe

13. Then add 12 to 15 cashews.

cashews to make rava Pongal recipe

14. Saute till the cashews turn a light golden.

cashews to make rava Pongal recipe

15. Then add 1 sprig curry leaves and 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger.

curry leaves to make rava Pongal recipe

16. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper. Stir and mix well.

preparing rava Pongal recipe

17. Now pour 1.5 cups water.

water for preparing rava Pongal recipe

18. On a medium to high flame begin to cook this water mixture.

preparing rava Pongal recipe

19. Bring to a rolling boil.

preparing rava Pongal recipe

20. Lower the flame and then add the roasted rava in parts.

rava to make rava Pongal recipe

21. As soon as you add the rava, stir well. keep adding rava in parts and mixing so that lumps are not formed.

rava to make rava Pongal recipe

22. Then add the cooked moong dal.

dal to make rava Pongal recipe

23. Mix well.

how to make rava Pongal recipe

24. Season with salt as per taste.

salt to make rava Pongal recipe

25. Mix again.

mix well to make rava Pongal recipe

26. On a low flame for a few minutes simmer till the rava is cooked well and the mixture thickens.

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27. Serve rava Pongal hot with coconut chutney or mango pickle or some fresh curd.

rava Pongal recipe
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Rava Pongal

5 from 4 votes
Rava Pongal is a healthy and delicious breakfast recipe of Pongal made with rava and moong dal.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Cuisine South Indian
Course: Breakfast

Servings 2 to 3
Units

Ingredients

for cooking moong dal

  • 3 tablespoons moong lentils (moong dal)
  • ¾ cup water for pressure cooking moong dal. if moong dal cooks quickly, then add ½ cup or ⅔ cup water

other ingredients

  • ½ cup rava (sooji or cream of wheat), 90 grams rava
  • 3 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, whole or slightly crushed (jeera)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, slightly crushed or 1 teaspoon lightly crushed black pepper
  • 1 inch ginger, finely chopped or 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger (adrak)
  • teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
  • 12 to 15 cashews
  • 1 sprig curry leaves or 10 to 12 small to medium-sized curry leaves
  • 1.5 cups water
  • salt as required

Instructions

roasting moong dal

  • Pick 3 tablespoons of moong dal first to get rid of stones if any. Then heat a small pan or a small kadai and add the moong lentils.
  • On a low flame stirring often roast the moong lentils till they become aromatic.
  • The moong lentils only need to be roasted till they become aromatic. No need to brown them.

pressure cooking moong dal

  • Now take them in another bowl or you can use the same pan for rinsing. Rinse the roasted moong dal a couple of times in water. Then add them in a 2 litre pressure cooker.
  • Add ¾ cup water and pressure cook for 6 to 7 whistles or 10 to 12 minutes on medium to high flame. For moong dal which cooks quickly, you can pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles and add ½ to ⅔ cup water.
  • When the pressure settles down on its own in the cooker, open the lid of the cooker. Mash the dal and keep aside.
  • When the moong dal is getting cooked, then you can roast the rava and prepare the other ingredients.

roasting rava

  • Heat a kadai or pan and add ½ cup rava/sooji in it.
  • On a low flame, stirring often roast the rava till it becomes fragrant.
  • No need to brown the rava. Just roast till it becomes fragrant.
  • Then remove the rava and keep it aside in a plate or thali.

making rava pongal

  • Heat the same pan and add 3 tablespoon ghee. You can add less ghee if you want.
  • Add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (whole or slightly crushed) and saute till they splutter.
  • Then add 12 to 15 cashews. Saute till the cashews turn a light golden.
  • Then add 1 sprig curry leaves and 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger.
  • Sprinkle 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper. Stir and mix well.
  • Now pour 1.5 cups water. On a medium to high flame begin to cook this water mixture.
  • Bring to a rolling boil. Lower the flame and then add the roasted rava in parts.
  • As soon as you add the rava, stir well
  • Keep adding rava in parts and mixing so that lumps are not formed.
  • Then add the cooked moong dal. Mix well.
  • Season with salt as per taste. Mix again.
  • On a low flame for a few minutes simmer till the rava is cooked well and the mixture thickens.
  • Serve rava pongal hot with coconut chutney or mango pickle or some fresh curd. you can also have it with sambar.

Notes

For cooking moong lentils in a pan:
  1. Rinse and then soak moong lentils for about 30 minutes in water.
  2. Take 3/4 cup water in a pan and heat it. Then add the moong dal.
  3. Cover and simmer till the lentils have softened really well.
  4. Mash them and then use in the rava pongal recipe.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Calories: 456kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 11gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 12gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 1238mgPotassium: 390mgFiber: 5gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 790IUVitamin C: 100.9mgCalcium: 381mgIron: 17.6mg

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2 Comments

  1. Simple and delicious recipe. Served it with coconut chutney for breakfast with some hot ghee and it was delicious!! Thanks for sharing!!