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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Rava pongal with Pongal Gojju

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Rava Pongal:

Pongal is one of the most common variety of breakfast which you get to see in any south Indian hotel menu.The generous amounts of the usage of ghee in making pongal gives it a really melt in mouth texture and even makes it extra delicious.Pongal also takes part in the breakfast menu of many weddings in south India,it is generally paired with Idli,vada and dosa and the whole breakfast would be so satisfying for any one.The most common pongal you get in any hotel is ven pongal which is made with rice,the one which I am posting today is made up of rava which is quite easy to prepare when pressed for time.Pongal is generally paired up with sambar or chutney,but we do a different tangy gojju(a kind of tamarind stew) for it at home which goes really well with any kind of pongal.

1 cup chiroti rava or regular Bombay rava/sooji
1/4 cup yellow moong dal
3 green chillies, finely chopped
1/2 " ginger, finely chopped
8-10 curry leaves
2 tbsp chopped coriander(for garnish)
3 tbsp grated fresh coconut + 1tbsp grated coconut(for garnish)
10-12 cashew nuts, broken
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp pepper corns(roughly ground or whole)
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
a pinch of hing
4 tbsp ghee
1 tbsp oil

  • Heat a tsp of ghee in a kadai and roast rava in it until it is fragrant and light,remove it and let it cool.
  • Dry roast moong dal in another kadai and water to it and add a tsp of ghee,turmeric to it and let it come to a boil and lower the flame and cook until it is slightly mushy.Strain the dal and reserve the liquid.
  • Heat 2 tbsp ghee and 1 tbsp oil in a kadai and crackle mustard seeds and jeera.
  • Add finely chopped ginger and green chillies and fry a bit,then add hing,curry leaves and add water to it.Measure the water reserved from boiled moong dal and in addition to that add water which should come to the ratio of 2 1/2 cups water for 1 cup of rawa.
  • Let it come to a boil and add cooked moong dal,turmeric,salt and boil further for a minute.
  • Now add roasted rava to it slowly and mix it simultaneously to avoid the formation of lumps.
  • In a small tadka pan heat a tsp of ghee and add cashew nuts and fry until golden in color.
  • Add grated coconut,fried cashew nuts and a tbsp of ghee and mix well.
Garnish with coriander and grated coconut and serve it hot with pongal gojju/jilakara gojju or coconut chutney or sambar or coconut-onion raita.

Pongal Gojju :

As pongal is very mildly spiced,a nice tangy gojju pairs up very well with pongal.This gojju(stew) is basically made with tamarind pulp and is well balanced with jaggery and powdered masala which takes the gojju and pongal combo to another level.

1 amla sized tamarind
2 tbsp roasted gram/chutney dal/fried gram
1 tbsp grated dry coconut/fresh coconut
1/2 tsp grated jaggery
2-3 green chillies,finely chopped
4-5 curry leaves,torn
1 tsp jeera
2 tsp chana dal
1 tsp urad dal
a fat pinch of turmeric
a pinch of hing
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp oil
salt to taste

  • Dry roast jeera and grind it along with roasted gram,grated coconut,green chillies and salt to a coarse powder.
  • Soak tamarind in water and squeeze the pulp and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a small kadai and crackle mustard seeds and add chana dal and urad dal and fry well.
  • Add curry leaves and hing and fry for 1/2 minute.
  • Add tamarind pulp with 1/4 cup water approximately and let it come a boil.
  • Mix the ground powder with water and mix well and add this to the tamarind mixture and add grated jaggery,salt,turmeric powder and boil for a couple of minutes until it is thick.add water according to the requirement until you get a thick gravy consistency.
Serve it with pongal/rava pongal/oats pongal.

You can even add finely chopped onion while frying the tadka in gojju,it adds taste to gojju.

This breakfast combo ' Rava pongal with pongal gojju' is going to participate in srivalli's 'Breakfast Mela' event.


SouthindianHome said...

POngal looks inviting and delicious
South Indian Home

Preety said...

beautifully presented ..looks yum

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Pongal makes a good brkfast always....this looks tempting and delicious...

Kalpana Sareesh said...

perfect awesome presentation.. love the pongal..

Raji said...

This pongal is just droolworthy..I would love to have this for my breakfast...and the combination with gojju is lip smacking.mid

LG said...

Even we love this. Light and right for breakfast!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Love that morning clicks....Pongal looks yum....love the way u presented it....Gojju is something new to me.....love to give it a try....

Priya said...

Both looks simply fabulous,wat a wonderful pair to enjoy for a breakfast..

Aruna Manikandan said...

looks perfect and delicious dear...
nice clicks :)

Mehjabeen Arif said...

wow.. looks so appetising.. perfect presentation..

new to ur blog and happy to follow u for more wonderful recipes..

do visit me when u get time

Srivalli said...

Awesome pictures..thanks for the lovely entry!

jayasree said...

The combo looks inviting. Gorgeous clicks.

Varunavi said...

Beautiful clicks.I make rava pongal but pongal gujju is new to me

Archana said...

Love the pictures

Nandini said...

Nice combo meal...Looks fantastic and lovely...

Suman Singh said...

Lovely and delicious looking dishes..

Shama Nagarajan said...

great combo..tasty tasty

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Never tasted this rava pongal teamed with tamarind gojju. Looks absolutely delicious. Lovely color.

Hamaree Rasoi

notyet100 said...

combo looks so delicious,..

Sharmilee! :) said...

Rava pongal is my fav looks totally yummy...tamarind goju sounds new to me. But my best combination is coconut chutney :)

Preeti Kashyap said...

Yes! My fav.... Now I am craving for it! Looks Awesome!

Suja Sugathan said...

Pongal looks fabulous,delicious combo

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

I am so going to prepare it soon, love the recipe and beautiful tempting pics :)

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Pongal looks so delicious. Fantastic combo.

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Rava pongal looks so delicious... love your presentation...

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Now Serving said...

I am on a drool roll here - All the blogs I've seen have presented different drool responses from me - Amazing pics LOVE LOVE the combo!

Swarnavalli Suresh said...

lovely clicks.. a super perfect breakfast recipe... amazing presentation

Swathi said...

Rava pongal and gojju looks awesome delicious.

Suma Gandlur said...

The cilantro - coconut garnishes are novel to me and make the entire platter more appealing and colorful. :)
You reminded my MIL who used to make ginger gojju for pongal. I miss her and and her cooking. :(

Sobha Shyam said...

I love Pongal...nice to know abt a different pongal..lovely blog..glad to follow u :)

Torviewtoronto said...

yummy flavourful pongal

Pavithra said...

This looks super super yummy.. I am seriously drooling and feel having right away.

Nitha said...

Pongal looks yummy & delicious.. Amazing clicks too..

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

wonderful and delicious pongal !!

Pushpa said...

Yummy smooth rava pongal,Gobble Gobble!!

Smitha said...

what tempting clicks dear!....rava pongal is superb and gojju amazing, great combo!
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saffronstreaks said...

rava pongal looks utterly tempting, clicks are superb, perfect breakfast

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Zareena said...

Wow Prathibha, You have a lovely space dear. The clicks are excellent. Lovely dish and clean and clear pics.

Sarah Naveen said...

nice recipe..looks so yummy yumm!!

hemalata said...

Rava pongal looks yummy and so delicious. Wonderful presentation.

Prathima Rao said...

Rava pongal looks so inviting & delicious!!! I had this mumbai recently & fell in love with it..And then it completely slipped my mind to try it out at home..Now thanks for this yummy post..This looks even better than the one i had :)
Prathima rao
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Sonia said...

Hi There, I love pongal a lot and urs is looking so tempting.have a great day !

♥Aps♥ said...

Prathy m bac m not a rawa fan though but the ic luks so tempting... esp those fried cashews :P

aipi said...

Beautiful! This would be perfect for a leisurely Sunday brunch. Loved your presentation..
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Shobha said...

What a lip smacking recipe..beautiful presentation too.
Pratibha, please collect FOOD MAZAA AWARD from my blog.

? said...

The gojju sounds delicious; must be more like the rasam we make at home sans the fenugreek and black pepper... ; snapshots look tmepting!

raga said...

Living away from home i ve been missing mom s food....When i look online, i often fail to find the pukka andhra food and the pukka vysya delicacies....Lucky me, i found ur blog today....looked at every recipe from the first to the last and decided to make rava pongal....i must say delicious and tastes just like my mom s pongal....thnx...

vidya said...

i tried this recipe today it was very very tasty :)

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