Rava Pongal

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Rava Pongal recipe with step by step photos. This is a comforting and delicious breakfast recipe of Pongal variant made with rava (semolina), moong dal, cashews, spices and herbs.

rava pongal served in a white bowl with text layover.

About Rava Pongal

With rava (sooji or cream of wheat), many quick dishes can be made like Rava Uttapam, Rava Chilla. This sooji pongal is one of 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. It is 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 that are traditionally made 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.

Step-by-Step Guide

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

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

roasting moong dal

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

roasted moong dal

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 fresh water. Then add them to a 2 litre stovetop pressure cooker.

moong dal in a pressure cooker

5. Add ¾ cup water and pressure cook the mung lentils for 6 to 7 whistles or 10 to 12 minutes on medium to high heat.

For moong dal which cooks quickly, you can pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles and add ½ to ⅔  cup water.

pressure cooking moong dal

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

cooked moong dal

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 to it.

Ensure to use finer textured rava. You can also use Bombay rava.

rava in a pan

8. On a low heat, stirring often roast the rava till it becomes fragrant and the grains look separate and crisp.

Roasting the rava will take about 7 to 8 minutes on low to medium-low heat.

roasting rava

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

roasting rava

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

roasted rava on a plate

Making Rava Pongal

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

ghee in a pan

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

sauteing cumin

13. Then add 12 to 15 cashews.

cashews added

14. Saute till the cashews turn a light golden.

sauteing cashews

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

curry leaves and ginger added

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

crushed black pepper added

17. Now pour 1.5 cups water.

water added

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

cooking  rava pongal mixture

19. Bring to a rolling boil.

bringing water to a boil

20. Lower the heat and then add the roasted rava in batches.

adding rava in batches

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

adding rava in batches and mixing

22. Then add the cooked moong dal.

cooked moong dal added

23. Stir and mix well.

mix moong dal

24. Season with salt as per taste.

salt added to taste

25. Stir and mix again.

mix the salt well

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

cooking rava Pongal

27. Serve rava pongal hot or warm with coconut chutney or mango pickle or some fresh curd (yogurt).

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rava pongal recipe

Rava Pongal

Rava Pongal is a healthy and delicious breakfast recipe of Pongal made with rava and moong dal.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
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 and mix very 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 heat for a few minutes simmer till the rava is cooked well and the mixture thickens.
  • Serve rava pongal hot or warm 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 ¾ 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)

Nutrition Facts
Rava Pongal
Amount Per Serving
Calories 456 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 1238mg54%
Potassium 390mg11%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 790IU16%
Vitamin C 100.9mg122%
Calcium 381mg38%
Iron 17.6mg98%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This Rava Pongal Post from the blog archives, first published in August 2016 has been republished and updated on December 2022.

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