Saturday, June 28, 2014

Rava Pongal

Venn Pongal, a tamilian cuisine is a rice and dal based spicy, nutritious breakfast. Pongal comes in both spicy and sweet versions. The one below is the spicy version. Just to give a healthy twist to the original venn pongal, I have replaced rice with rava/sooji.

Roasted Rava/Sooji - 1 cup
Moong Dal - 1/2 cup
Salt - to taste

Mustard Seeds : 1tsp
Jeera- 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Crushed pepper - 1 tsp
Red Chillies - 3 nos
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Coconut grated - 2 tsp for garnish

  • Pressure cook moong dal with salt and keep aside.
  • Take 1 tsp oil another vessel. when it heats up add mustard seeds. When they crackle add jeera, , urad dal, broken red chillies and curry leaves.
  • When the urad dal gets browned add the cooked moong dal and 1 1/2 cup  of water and salt to this.
  • When it starts boiling, slowly add the roasted rava little by little and keep stirring.
  • Simmer the gas and cook covered till the water has almost evaporated.

  • Now add the crushed pepper and stir well.
  • Finally garnish with grated coconut. 
  • Rava Pongal is ready to serve.

Happy Cooking!!

Note : If you are using normal rava, please roast it to golden brown before use, else the dish will not have the right consistency.

You can even alter the measurement of chillies and pepper as per your taste.

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