Rava Pongal

For Day 2 of BM #36, in the Pongal series, here is a very simple and tasty version of Pongal. 
For all practical purposes, this tastes just like the upma which we are used to eating on a regular basis. An added advantage is the protein from moong dal making this a wholesome meal. I was also thinking that some vegetables can go into this as well. The kiddos loved it so much that they didn't mind going for seconds!!
Feel free to play around with the ingredients, seasoning and spices as per your taste buds.

Ingredients - 

Sooji / Semolina / Bombay Rava 1 cup
Moong Dal 1/2 cup
Salt as needed
Grated ginger 1 tsp
Whole Black Peppers 7-8
Seasoning (Ghee 2 tsp, Mustard Seeds 1/2 tsp, Chana Dal 1 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Curry leaves few, Cashews few, Asafoetida couple pinches)

Rava Pongal

Method Of Preparation -

Roast the moong dal in 1/2 tsp of ghee until they turn slightly golden brown.

Add 1 cup of water to the roasted dal and cook either on the stove top (about 10 min) or the microwave until the moong dal (about 5-6 min) is cooked through but not mushy. [We prefer that the pongal not be mushy.]

In a heated pan, add ghee and the rest of the seasoning ingredients.

Sprinkle turmeric, whole black peppers, grated ginger and add the sooji/semolina. Mix well and add the cooked moong dal. 

Add about 1/2 cup of water, sprinkle salt and mix well. Cover and let it cook on a low flame for about 3-4 minutes.

Remove from fire and serve it hot with an accompaniment of your choice. I served it with Tomato Gojju and Tomato Chutney

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 36.

Preparation Time 20 min
Serves 2-3


  1. quick pongal recipe. tomato chutney is a great combination!!!!

  2. Delicious and lovely looking pongal. Looks wonderful.

  3. td Says:
  4. This sounds wonderful...and so easy. i was wondering for how long you cook the mong dal on the stovetop or microwave. I use a microwave pressure cooker (Nordicware) and was wondering if it's a long or short cooking time.

  5. great idea to add veggies and make it into a one pot meal

  6. Unknown Says:
  7. wow delicious and yummy rava pongal looks fantastic !!

  8. Srivalli Says:
  9. What a lovely texture the pongal has!..when I had made it was more googy..very nice one..

  10. Love the texture of the pongal! very well made.

  11. oh nice dish...

  12. Wonderful combo!! and your pongal texture makes me hungry!!

  13. Abhiram Says:
  14. Sweet blog, I totally loved your whole grain recipes!

    More tradional recipes pleace!

  15. Interesting combination! Looks good!

  16. Pavani Says:
  17. Never made pongal with sooji. Looks simple and yummy!! Perfect for quick meals.

  18. Suma Gandlur Says:
  19. Love the way you are making all your pongals dry and they are looking entirely new to me for that reason. I love mushy pongals and so my rava pongal version looks entirely different.

  20. Unknown Says:
  21. Yummy pongal

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