We love the regular Rice based Spicy Pongal at home. It uses a combination of Rice and Moong daal along with ginger, pepper and it is a healthy comforting food. We usually make the Rice based Spicy Pongal when we need something simple, tasty yet light on the stomach.


Last week I received this recipe of Rava Pongal from my parents. The ingredients are same as the Rice Pongal. ButI loved the variation of substituting Sooji/Semolina instead of the Rice.  I wasted no time in trying it out and loved the simplicity and the flavor of this. This is a great way to cut the carbs and increase the protein intake. The taste is pretty much like regular Upma/Uppittu minus the vegetables. The addition of moong daal does not change the flavor of the Upma.


This takes less than 15 minutes to prepare and all that without the pressure cooker. This is my contribution to the “15 minute Cooking event” hosted by Mahimaa at Indian Vegetarian Kitchen. 



  • Fine Sooji/Rava/Semolina – 1 cup
  • Moong daal – ½ or 1/3 cup as required
  • Cumin seeds – 1tsp
  • Chopped ginger -1/2 tsp
  • pepper -1/2 tsp
  • Grated coconut as per taste
  • Oil – 4 Table spoons
  • Chopped green chillies – 2 to 3
  • Curry leaves
  • Hing – ¼ tsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Vegetables (optional)
  • water 3 ½ to 4 cups 


  • In a dry kadahi roast moong daal lightly to remove the raw smell of the daal. Allow to cool and grind coarsely (almost to powder form) and keep aside.
  • Heat the kadahi. Add oil. Mustard seeds, pepper, curry leaves, hing green chillies and then add rava. Roast lightly.
  • Then add green gram powder, cumin seeds, ginger.
  • Add hot water (with salt) to the mixture (like for uppit) allow for the mixture to get thick like uppit. Finally add grated coconut.
  • Serve hot with Cucumber raita.


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