Rava Pongal| Semolina Pongal| Sooji rava Pongal is an alternative to traditional pongal prepared with rice and dal. This is tasty and quick to make healthy breakfast too. I have planned to make this recipe last year and could not made this due to time constrain. This year i made this pongal recipe and the same day happened to watch Venkatesh bhatts show making this rava pongal. He has added loads of ghee and prepared similar to kesari consistency. My hands never use that much ghee in any of my cooking. I use that much ghee for one month cooking and eat the dishes without any guilt. So i am happy with my version. Those who wants that soft and non sticky consistency use more ghee to get that consistency.

Rava pongal recipe

Rava|semolina- 1 cup
Moong Dal- 1/2 cup
Ghee- 3 tablespoons
Peppercons- 1 tablespoon
Jeera- 1 teaspoon
Cashewnuts, broken- 10 nos
Onion, finely chopped- 1/2(optional)
Ginger, finely chopped- 1/2 inch
Curry leaves- 2 stands
Salt- to taste

semolina pongal recipe


  • Roast the moongdal till the dal starts to get golden colour.
  • Pressure cook the moong dal with 1 and 1/2 cups of water for 3- 4 whistles.
  • Once the pressure releases open the pressure cooker and add 3 cups of water, enough salt and the remaining ghee for the pongal; bring it to boil.
  • Meanwhile heat a tablespoon of ghee in a pan and add the peppercorns, jeera and cashewnuts and roast till the cashews starts to get golden colour.
  • Now add the onion, ginger and curry leaves and fry till the onion turns translucent.
  • Immediately add the rava and roast well till it looks like sand consistency.
  • Remove the pan and set aside.
  • Once the mixture boiling and reaches the rolling hot stage add the rave in two lots with constant stirring.
  • Close with a lid and cook for few minutes till the rava cooks soft.
  • Serve pongal with gothsu or coconut chutney
  • Notes: Adding ghee gives more flavour and taste to the pongal. So adding more quantity is up to your choice.
Rava pongal recipe