rawa pongal

Rawa Pongal


  • Rawa – 1 cup
  • Green Gram Dhal – 1/2 cup
  • Green Chilly – 1
  • Black Pepper – 1 teaspoon
  • Jeera – 1 teaspoon
  • Asafotida powder – a pinch
  • Fresh Ginger – 1 small piece
  • Cashew nuts – few
  • Ghee – 2 tablespoon
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste

Put rawa in a kadai and dry fry it till hot to touch. Same kadai put the dhal and fry slightly.
Remove the skin from the ginger and chop it finely.
Add just enough water to the dhal and cook till it is soft. (You can also pressure cook it for two to three whistles).
Bring two cups of water to boil. Add chopped ginger and salt to the boiling water. When it starts boiling, reduce the heat and add the rawa slowly and stir well. When rawa is cooked well and form a lump, add the cooked dhal mashed well. Add one or two teaspoon ghee and mix it nicely.
Coarsely powder pepper and jeera.
In a kadai put the remaining ghee and when it is hot, add cashew nuts, asafotida powder, green chillies split lengthwise, curry leaves and coarsely powdered pepper and jeera and fry just for a second. Add this seasoning to the rawa-dhal mixture and mix well.
Can be served with Coconut Chutney or Gosthu.
This serves 2 people.


  1. Kamala,
    The photo looks good enough itself to eat! Love how the ghee glistens on it!
    I posted a link to your recipe on my blog page here for Pongal menus

    Can I have permission to reprint your photo on this page (also your link is here)


  2. Hi Jennifer,

    Thank you very much for giving link to Rawa Pongal. You are most welcome to use my photo on this link.

  3. Thanks! I have posted the photo!!

  4. Lakshmi Venkatesh

    Rava Pongal looks great and yummy.

  5. Hi Lakshmi Venkatesh,

    Thank you for visiting my site.

  6. Hi Kamala,
    Rawa Pongal is a real good change. I am bored of doing rawa upma everytime. Thanx for the easy recipe..

  7. Thank you Padma. It tastes better than upma and healthy too.


    hai your rawa pongal looks yum yum..i am going to try this recipie. and i am newly hearing about rawa pongal. thaanks for your recipie and your blog looks neat.

  9. Hi Ammu Mohan,

    Thank you for visiting my site. This pongal is normally prepared for fasting days since it does not contain onion etc and also for those who does not prefer rice.

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