Rava Pongal – Sankranti Special Recipe

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Rava Pongal - Sankranti Special Recipe

Makara Sankranti is the harvest festival that is celebrated all over India under different names. It is typically a 4 day festival in my home state of Andhra Pradesh. One of the dishes that is made during this festival is Katte Pongali or Ven Pongal. This is a dish that uses moong dal (husked green gram) and rice spiced with cumin and pepper.

Today, I am making Rava Pongal, that is Pongal with Semolina instead of rice. The result is a much lighter dish but one which is just as tasty.

How to Make Rava Pongal

Rava Pongal - Sankranti Special Recipe

Rava Pongal - Sankranti Special Recipe

Rava Pongal is Katte Pongali or Ven Pongal made with Rava or Semolina instead of rice.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Main
Cuisine Andhra Pradesh, Indian, Tamil Nadu
Servings 4
  • 1 Cup Rava
  • 2/3 Cup Moong Dal or Pesara Pappu
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds, Jeera, or Jeelakarra
  • 10 to 12 Peppercorns
  • 1 tsp Grated Ginger
  • 1 + 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 10 to 12 Cashew
  • 3 Cups Water
  • A Few Curry Leaves Optional
  • Salt to Taste
The Preparations for Rava Pongal
  • Over a medium flame, dry roast the Rava till it just starts to change colour.
  • Spread in a plate to cool.
  • Split the cashews and set aside.
  • Crush the pepper corns a bit and set aside.
Cooking the Moong Dal
  • Wash the moong dal.
  • Pressure cook the dal in 2 cups of water for 3-4 whistles.
  • Mash the dal.
  • Set aside.
Method to Make Rava Pongal
  • In a kadai, heat 1 tbsp ghee.
  • Add the split cashews and fry till they start to change colour.
  • Add the cumin seeds and wait till they change colour.
  • Add the pepper, grated ginger and curry leaves.
  • Stir-fry for a few seconds.
  • Add the water and salt. The water should just taste salty; like tears as my mom used to say. 🙂
  • Wait till the water starts to boil.
  • Turn the heat to low.
  • Add the roasted rava slowly.
  • Mix well to ensure there are no lumps.
  • Let the rava cook in water for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the cooked moong dal.
  • Mix well.
  • Add more salt if required.
  • Let the Rava Pongal cook over low flame till it is solid.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Add 1 tbsp ghee and mix well.
  • Serve hot with Coconut Chutney.
You could add a pinch of turmeric, if required.
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