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Pongal - Indian harvest feast

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Pongal is a breakfast dish inot sweet, and not too spicy at the same time


Yield 3-4 servings
Preparation time 10-15 minutes
Cooking time Under 30 min
Main Ingredient Semolina


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  • Dry roast Rava in a pan till its color changes to light brown.
  • In a frying pan add 1 teaspoon ghee and fry curry leaves, cashewnuts, ginger and keep aside.
  • Also dry fry black pepper and cumin seeds until aromomatic, being careful not to burn.  Then grind them coarsely.
  • Wash the green gram well. Cook the lentil (in 1 cup of water) until fully cooked - mushy is fine. You can either cook this on a stove top or in a pressure cooker.
  • Now take a pan and heat ghee on it. Then add cumin seeds, curry leaves, black pepper (1 teaspoon), ginger and cashew nuts. Fry  for 2 minutes.
  • Add salt and 2 cups of water to boil, and then add rava/semolina and mix it well.
  • Heat the mixture and keep stirring it until the rava is cooked
  • .Finally, add cooked moong dal and mix it well until all the water in the Rava Pongal evaporates.
  • If you think that it is too thick, add boiling water to it. Dont add cold water.
  • You can at this point add some more ghee.
  • Serve hot garnished with curry leaves. It is aldso enjoyed with with coconut chutney.
  • You can either use the entire black pepper or evenly crush it to use in the Rava Pongal, based on your choice.

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