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Rava Pongal recipe

rava pongal recipe 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: South Indian
Keyword: popular recipes of tamilnadu, popular south indian recipe, south indian breakfast recipes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jinoo Jayakrishnan
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to cook moong dal

  • 1/2 cup moong dal
  • 1/4 tsp ghee
  • 2 cups water

for pongal

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1-2 tsp ghee
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 2 no green chilli - slit
  • 1 spring curry leaves
  • few cashews
  • 3 cups water
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup rava/sooji/semolina
  • 1 tbsp ghee


  • Heat ghee in a cooker and roast the moong dal until fragrant. Add water, close and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles. 
  • Open, mash and keep it aside until use. 
  • Heat oil and ghee in a thick bottomed pan. 
  • crackle mustard seeds and cumin seeds. 
  • Further add chopped ginger, peppercorns, green chilli, curry leaves and cashews. Fry for a few seconds. 
  • Measure and pour 3 cups water into the pan along with the cooked dal and salt. Let it come to a rolling boil. 
  • At this stage, wither in rava little by a little while stirring continuously. 
  • When its almost thick, add ghee and mix again. 
  • Stop when it is thick. Put off the flame, close and let it sit for a few minutes before serving. 
  • Serv the Pongal hot with chutney and sambar.