Thursday, July 23, 2009

Rava Pongal with Thakkali Kuzhambu/Sooji Pongal with Tomato Gravy

I like this Rava Pongal better than the usual Pongal.This is made up of Rava/Sooji with Moongdal.Instead of the usual Gothsu combination for Pongal,I tried Tomato kozhambu..The combo was very tasty..Both the dishes are very easy to make.

Recipe Courtesy - Chitvish of Indusladies

Ingredients for Rava Pongal:

Rava/Sooji - 1 cup
Split Moong Dal/Payatham Paruppu-1/2 cup
Jeera/Cumin Seeds - 1tsp
Pepper corns - 1tsp
Coarsely grind the pepper and jeera.
Ghee -2tbsp
Ginger grated - 2 tsp
A sprig of curry leaves


Dry roast the moongdhal till a nice aroma comes.Soak in boiling water for 30 minutes.
Pressure cook the Dal in 3 cups of water for about 4 whistles.The Dal must be slightly mushy.Drain a cup of water from the cooked moongdhal.Add another cup of water to it.So altogether we have 2 cups of water.
Boil water in a pan.Simultaneously in a pressure pan heat 2 tbsp of ghee.Add the grated ginger,coarsely ground pepper and jeera,curry leaves and then the rava..Roast the rava till it becomes slightly brown.Add the hot water to it and required amount of  salt and the cooked moongdhal and stir briskly so that no lumps are formed.Close the lid of the pressure pan and simmer for about 8 minutes.Turn down the heat.
Open and top with a little bit of ghee.

Ingredients for Tomato Kuzhambu:
Onions - 2
Tomatoes - 3
Tamarind - size of a small marble
Green chillies - 3
Sambar powder - 2tsp
Mustard seeds -1 tsp
Coconut paste - 3 tsp or 1/2 can of coconut milk
A sprig of curry leaves.
Chopped coriander leaves
Salt to taste


Soak the tamarind in water and extract about a cup.
In boiling water  drop the tomatoes and after  5 minutes immerse in cold water.Remove the skin and crush them roughly.
In a pan heat 2tbsp of oil.Add the mustard seeds.When they splutter add the curry leaves,finely chopped onions.When the onions are slightly brown add the chopped green chillies.
Add the tomatoes and fry till the raw smell goes off.Now add the tamarind extract and sambar powder.Add required amount of salt.
When its starts boiling ,simmer and then add the coconut paste(or coconut milk) and allow them to boil for about 5 minutes.

Turn off the heat and garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve hot with Rava Pongal.


Viki's Kitchen said...

Rava pongal n tomato kulambu looks delicious.

Rekha shoban said...

hi, i never tried rava pongal..its new recipe for me. thank for sharing dear.

EC said...

It is a fav in our house too..but never tried with tomato sambar..nice one

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

I like the Tomato curry! Yum!

DEESHA said...

yummy .. I would love this for my breakfast

Vrinda said...

Something new to me,i like anything made with rawa..sounds tasty...

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow....what a drool worthy combo...looks yummy....

Prathibha said...

Thanks for visiting my blog..u do hv a lovely blog...nice idea of doing pongal wid rava..

Pavithra said...

Wow thats my fav pongal too and tomato sambar is looking yumm and tempting

Ann said...

Tomato smabar is new to me, and it lokos interesting

Padma said...

Looks too good Ramya ... nice combo ... never tried pongal with rava.. and regarding my blog comments dear... don't know what is the problem, have been facing the same problem since last month... will try to do something soon :)

Ramya said...

Viki- Thanx a lot!!

Rekha - try it out and lemme know

EC -thank u!!Try it with tomato kuzhambu..Iam sure u will love it..

THanx a lot Somoo!!

Dessha - It wud be a filling breakfast

Thanx a lot Vrinda

Thanx Kitchen Flavours..

Thanx Pratibha,Keep visiting often

Thanx a lot Pavi

Thanx a lot Ann

Thanx padma

Parita said...

Loved tomato gravy, looks quite spicy and yummy!

Hema said...

Tomato kuzhambu looks delish.. its the same way as i learnt to do it from my mom.. and the addition of coconut makes it richer.. i do not add it to any other kuzhambu than sundal kuzhambu.. must try this version!!

Andhra Flavors said...

This sounds interesting and tempting.