Rava Pongal !!!

Rava pongal .....Now a days it has become a popular breakfast in Andhra and is widely available in almost all the vegetarian restaurants n even on the road side food stalls...
   All Pongal recipes are traditionally prepared with rice , However Rava Pongal is a delicious and Healthy alternative to rice. The Rava and Moongdal used in this preparation are both nutritious and filling....
     So what could be better than having this for Breakfast to keep u going until lunch...
    As they say Eat Breakfast as king , Lunch as a Queen and dinner as a beggar...so i feel this fits into that zone very well...

1/2 cup split yellow Moong dal...
1 cup semolina / upma rava / sooji / cream of wheat
3 cups water
2 tbsp ghee
2 tbsp oil
1/8 tsp mustard seeds
1/8 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp  black pepper corns
1/8 tsp Turmeric 
3 to 4 green chillies slit
1/2 tsp crushed / grated ginger
Salt to taste
A sprig of mint leaves chopped
2 Tbsp roasted cashews chopped..( if using raw / fresh cashews fry in ghee n set aside )
            Prep work :       Wash n cook the dal in a pressure cooker until soft n mushy...
Dry roast the rava / semolina on a  low to medium heat until a suttle aroma is felt...
(Please fry on a low heat as we do not want any change in  its color...)
Heat a kadai / pan..
Add the oil , once warm add the mustard , cumin , peppercorns, curry leaves ( optional..)...
Once the mustard n cumin splutter add in the green chillies , chopped mint n ginger..
Fry for a min n add the turmeric stir n fry for a min ..Add the roasted cashews..
...Now goes in the dal paste n add water ..

Stir well n break the lumps if any..
Cover this with a lid n bring to a boil...
Once it starts boiling remove the lid ..lower the heat n add enough salt..now stir well..
Later add the roasted rava slowly,  stirring continously..
(Be careful as it forms lumps very quick..so stirring is a must...seek for help if u cannot  manage...)
Once u add the rava keep cooking n stirring on a low heat..
After a couple of mins it will thicken n absorb almost all the water...
 Now switch off the heat add left over ghee...
N keep covered for a min..
After a min stir well n its all ready to be served..
U can serve it with Coconut chutney or Raita...

If u want to make it on busy week days...cook the dal  , roast the rava ahead n store in fridge... If u prep up early it can be made in less than 15 mins...


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