Rava Pongal - Semolina Pongal - Sooji Pongal

Rava/Semolina/Sooji Pongal is a healthy & easy breakfast recipe made using Rava and Moong Dal. Rava (aka Sooji or Semolina) is rich in protein, fiber, and B vitamins. Moong dals are rich in nutrients & minerals like potassium, magnesium, iron, and copper. This breakfast recipe is easy to make and can be prepared in under 20 mins of time.

Planning & Pre-Preparation: 5 mins

Cooking time: 25-30 mins

Yields: 3 Cups


  • Rava/Sooji/Semolina - 1 Cup
  • Moong Dal - 1/2 Cup
  • Water - 1.5 Cups (for Moong Dal) + 2 Cups (for Rava / Sooji)
  • Butter - 2 tbsp
  • Ginger (Chopped) - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves Asafoetida/Kayam/Hing - 1 tsp
  • Pepper & Jeera (Coarsely ground) – 1-2 tbsp
  • Salt – per taste


  • Rinse Moong Dal 2 or 3 times and drain. Pressure cook for about 3 whistles.
  • When pressure automatically settles down, open the cooker and check whether dal is cooked, if not cook for few more whistles. Smash well the dal to form a smooth paste and keep it aside.  
  • In a Kadai, start dry roasting double roasted rava for a minute on low flame. You can also use normal sooji/rava. If you are using normal sooji, dry roast until the aroma is released.
  • Once roasted, transfer to a mixing bowl and keep aside.
  • To the Kadai, add butter. Once butter gets melted add ginger, and curry leaves. Saute for about half a minute.
  • Add Asafoetida and mix well.
  • Now Start adding water, coarsely ground pepper-jeera powder and salt. Let it boil for 2 mins.
  • After 2 mins of boiling, add the roasted rava and mix it quickly to avoid lumps.
  • After few mins of stirring, water will start to absorb.
  • Cover and cook on low flame for about 5 mins.
  • Check whether it is completely cooked, if not keep cooking for few more minutes.
  • When completely cooked, add the mashed dal over the cooked rava and mix well.
  • Initially, you will find it hard while mixing.
  • Keep mixing until the dal and rava are evenly combined.
  • You can also add roasted cashews to enhance its flavours.
  • Rava Pongal is ready!!! Top up with ghee for taste. It is best when served with Coconut Chutney and Sambar. 


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