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Rava pongal | rava pongal recipe

by Jeyashri suresh


Rava Pongal- A healthy breakfast or dinner recipe of pongal made using yellow
moong dal and rava (semolina or sooji). Few years back, I tried making Rava
Pongal, when I wanted to make something different for breakfast at my in law’s
place. I remembered a friend mentioning about this dish to me. After this incident, I
completely forgot about this dish. It did not strike me in those days that we could
recipes of different dishes from the internet. Yesterday, when I suddenly
remembered Rava Pongal, I tried making it the second time using my own discretion
with the recipe. I must say, we were quite happy the results, in terms of the texture
and taste of the pongal. Hence, I decided to document this recipe.
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Rava pongal recipe

Rava pongal recipe

  • Recipe Cusine: Indian
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook time: 25 Minutes
  • Serves: 1-2
  • Author: Jeyashri
  • Recipe Category: Lunch | Dinner
  • Description: Rava Pongal- A healthy breakfast or dinner recipe of pongal made using yellow
    moong dal and rava (semolina or sooji)

     Sooji  1/2 cup
     Yellow moong dal  1/2 cup (cooked)
     Ghee 2 tblsp
     Black pepper  1/4 tsp
     umin seeds  1/4 tsp
    Cashew nuts few
    Curry leaves  few
    Ginger  a small piece
    Water   3 cups 
    Oil   3 tsp
    Oil  1 tblsp

Method with step by step pictures :

Rava -pongal

  • Roast the rava finely in a pan without getting it burnt.
Rava pongal step 1 rava pongal step 2
  • Pressure cook the moong dal till it becomes mushy.
  • In a pan, add ghee and oil, add black whole pepper, ginger  and cashew nuts.
  • Fry in a medium flame till the cashew nuts turn golden brown. Add the cumin seeds now and immediately add water. Do not allow the cumin to roast for a long time as it will spoil the taste.
Rava pongal step 3 Rava pongal step 4
  • Add 3 cups of water and bring it to a nice boil. Add salt.
  • Once the water starts boiling, add the roasted rava to this. Keep it in a low medium flame. Once it starts cooking add the cooked moong dal. Mix well and let it sit for a while till the pongal consistency reaches.
Rava pongal step 6 Rava pongal step 8
  • Garnish with curry leaves and if you want add a tsp of ghee to this you can add now.

Rava Pongal step 7

Rava -Pongal          *The water measurement is for cooking the rava not included for cooking moong dal.

  1. You can roast the moong dal for 2 minutes and then pressure cook if you wish.
  2. Never roast the cumin seeds for  a long time as it will give a medicinal smell.
  3. I added whole black pepper, you can even coarsely crush and add to the Rava Pongal.

I have kept my coffee tumbler empty. It is just used as a prop for the photo.

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Sangeetha Nambi January 21, 2013 - 4:15 am

Real yummy…

Aruna Manikandan January 21, 2013 - 4:26 am

love it…
looks delicious dear 🙂

Sona S January 21, 2013 - 4:28 am

Delicious and nice clicks

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WeR SAHM January 21, 2013 - 4:36 am

exactly two days back i tried this pongal…even i loved the taste of rava with dhal…. your clicks are awesome…

radha January 21, 2013 - 4:39 am

I made another version of it. The dal was roasted and powdered. Once the rava was roasted, both were pressure cooked. It was quite nice. I thought it needed a few more changes. This is another method of cooking it and I will give it a try.

Rumana Ambrin January 21, 2013 - 4:40 am

It looks very tasty…

Lakshmi Venkatesh January 21, 2013 - 4:43 am

Delicious pongal. Looks great. I make it very often.

Arthy Suman January 21, 2013 - 4:47 am

Delicious pongal…yummy yummmm…

Helen Prabha January 21, 2013 - 5:15 am

Wow….great recipe…..


Sandhya Ramakrishnan January 21, 2013 - 5:39 am

Beautiful clicks and comforting recipe!

Vardhini January 21, 2013 - 5:46 am

Looks yummy .. I make it too, but the one with rice is made more often at my house.

Divya Kudua January 21, 2013 - 5:47 am

I am not a big fan of the regular rice pongal,but I think I'll like this rava version.Looks delicious!

Kaveri Venkatesh January 21, 2013 - 6:40 am

Rava pongal looks delicious Jeyashri…nice clicks

Vimitha Anand January 21, 2013 - 6:42 am

Never tried rava pongal. Will try soon. Simple and yum

Prathima Rao January 21, 2013 - 6:48 am

I love this..Had it long back at an aunt`s place..makes a tasty & delish breakfast!! Nice pics 😉
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Hema January 21, 2013 - 6:49 am

Tasty pongal, even I make this sometimes..

Dipti Joshi January 21, 2013 - 7:03 am

I love your clicks.

Uma Ramanujam January 21, 2013 - 7:47 am

Looks good. Nice alternate for the rice pongal.

sowmya(creative saga) January 21, 2013 - 8:23 am

i love this and made it a few times, but never actually blogged..looks so delicious..

Hari Chandana P January 21, 2013 - 8:34 am

Looks super perfect !!

Nagalakshmi V January 21, 2013 - 9:15 am

your pics are so great now jey, one better than the other. this is a favourite of mine and my MIL makes it very well.

ps: i laughed at your coffee tumbler line 😀 i remember our discussion about it.

admin January 21, 2013 - 1:20 pm

Thanks nags for your sweet and encouraging words.
Even when i was writing coffee tumbler line i remembered our discussion. Precautionary measure dhan!!

Veena Theagarajan January 21, 2013 - 9:24 am

looks yummy.. This is one pongal I can eat!

APARNARAJESHKUMAR January 21, 2013 - 11:57 am

rava pongal is handy jey ! and pictures are great !

Priya January 21, 2013 - 12:14 pm

Its been a while i had this pongal,love to have it for tonite dinner.

Priti S January 21, 2013 - 2:15 pm

I too posted pongal toady 🙂 …I make this one very rare too…looks yum, ideal for bfast

Shama Nagarajan January 21, 2013 - 3:40 pm

Super yummy… .

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pepper bowl January 21, 2013 - 4:34 pm

Rava pongal…looks yummy..better choice when we bored with upma…

divya January 21, 2013 - 10:35 pm

Looks so yum n tempting …nice click

Laavanya January 21, 2013 - 11:49 pm

My mom never made rava pongal.. i first tasted it when my husband's aunt made it and liked it. I often make the spinach – broken wheat pongal from sailus kitchen… must make this regular version sometime. Lovely pics.

RAKS KITCHEN January 22, 2013 - 3:25 am

Love to eat it if made by somebody else 😉 delicious pongal. Looks perfectly made

tinku shaji January 22, 2013 - 3:35 am

New idea.. Lemme give this a try

Reshmi Mahesh January 22, 2013 - 6:47 am

Looks so delicious…Nevre tried pongal with rava..

Shrikant January 22, 2013 - 8:13 am

Photo is tempting.
Kindly let me know what about Salt for test and chopped green chilly or red chilly powder.
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Chitra January 22, 2013 - 10:11 am

Me too planning to post but slightly diff from urs. Looks very tempting 🙂

Shanthi January 22, 2013 - 1:51 pm

looking so yummy..i love the background color…

Premalatha Aravindhan January 22, 2013 - 1:55 pm

My fav Pongal,loved it at any time…yum!

dishesfrommykitchen January 22, 2013 - 2:04 pm

My fav pongal and my dad love's it a lot… absolutely yumm 🙂

Nivedhanams Sowmya January 23, 2013 - 8:55 am

very creative and delicious!!!
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Shama Nagarajan January 23, 2013 - 5:29 pm

tempting and inviting recipe… .

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Sharmilee! :) January 25, 2013 - 4:15 pm

I so so love this rava pongal now seeing it am craving for it right now that right after having my dinner 🙂

sowmya September 3, 2013 - 2:30 pm

thanks for the recipe, i am going to try it out right now

bhama govind November 28, 2013 - 10:20 am


Hi I loved your rava pongal and would like to see and try some more ite,s.

Buvana Eswari February 17, 2014 - 10:09 am

I'm buvana. I like your rava pongal receipe

Seetha Lakshmi May 21, 2014 - 12:05 am

Is rava 1/2 cup or 1.5 cup?

jeyashri suresh May 21, 2014 - 5:57 am

It is 1/2 cup rava – 1.5 cup is 1 and 1/2 cup

Rani Vijoo May 24, 2014 - 10:19 am

Looks Yummy…beautiful pictures 🙂

Sri Kri February 10, 2015 - 5:07 am

Searched the recipe from your website and tried this recipe It came out very well.Thank you very much for this recipe.
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bala July 12, 2015 - 12:07 pm

Excellent. Very simple way of guidance. The photos are adding further guidance. Continue your good work for our sake.

Janani Krithivasan May 4, 2016 - 12:05 pm

I have already tried this recipe of yours.. It was a super hit… Am trying it today once again… Lets see

bala May 5, 2016 - 8:16 am

Yes I also tried and excellent.

Harini January 17, 2020 - 6:37 pm

Tried this for breakfast today. It’s yummy.
I have tried few recipes before all are delicious.

Jeyashri Suresh January 19, 2020 - 6:40 pm

Happy to know that. Thank you


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