This is a simple dish and is a nice variation to the usual pongal. The main difference is that the rice is replaced with rava in this dish. Also, onions are not traditionally added to pongal, but it adds a nice flavor in this variation of Pongal. Since Pongal is better when it is mushy, rava blends in well with dal to give that consistency. Off to the recipe.
Lentil based dish that is normally served for breakfast.
- moong dal - 1/2 cup
- rava - 1 cup
- onion - 1 cup - chopped
- green chilly - 1
- water - 4 - 4 1/2 cups
- salt - to taste
- ghee - 1 - 2 tsp
Homemade ghee can be made following this link
- Tempering Ingredients
- oil - 2 tsp
- cashews - a few
- cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
- peppercorns - 1 tsp
- curry leaves - a few
- ginger - small piece - cut into bits
Cook the dal with enough water and keep aside. Dry roast the rava and keep aside.
Heat oil and add the rest of the tempering ingredients. Saute for a minute or so and then add onions and green chilly. When onions are cooked add water and salt.
Bring the water to a boil and add the rava while stirring continuously. Cover and allow the rava to cook. It just takes 5 minutes or so. Next add the cooked dal and ghee.
Mix well and serve with chutney of choice.
I added more water to get a thinner consistency. Adjust according to taste.
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1. Cook the moong dal along with water and keep aside. I use a pressure cooker.2. Cooked dal.3. Roast rava until a nice aroma floats.4. Heat oil and add the remaining tempering ingredients. Fry for a minute or so.5. Add onions and green chilly and saute until onions are cooked.6. Onions are cooked.7. Add about 4 - 4.5 cups water and salt.8. When it comes to a boil, add the rava stirring continuously.9. Cover and cook until rava is done. It takes about 5 minutes.10. Add the cooked dal.11. Mix well and add ghee.12. Mix and serve with chutney of choice.
Tasty pongal ready.
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