For Day 2 of BM #36, in the Pongal series, here is a very simple and tasty version of Pongal.
For all practical purposes, this tastes just like the upma which we are used to eating on a regular basis. An added advantage is the protein from moong dal making this a wholesome meal. I was also thinking that some vegetables can go into this as well. The kiddos loved it so much that they didn't mind going for seconds!!
Feel free to play around with the ingredients, seasoning and spices as per your taste buds.
Sooji / Semolina / Bombay Rava 1 cup
Moong Dal 1/2 cup
Salt as needed
Grated ginger 1 tsp
Whole Black Peppers 7-8
Seasoning (Ghee 2 tsp, Mustard Seeds 1/2 tsp, Chana Dal 1 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Curry leaves few, Cashews few, Asafoetida couple pinches)
Method Of Preparation -
Roast the moong dal in 1/2 tsp of ghee until they turn slightly golden brown.
Add 1 cup of water to the roasted dal and cook either on the stove top (about 10 min) or the microwave until the moong dal (about 5-6 min) is cooked through but not mushy. [We prefer that the pongal not be mushy.]
In a heated pan, add ghee and the rest of the seasoning ingredients.
Sprinkle turmeric, whole black peppers, grated ginger and add the sooji/semolina. Mix well and add the cooked moong dal.
Add about 1/2 cup of water, sprinkle salt and mix well. Cover and let it cook on a low flame for about 3-4 minutes.
Remove from fire and serve it hot with an accompaniment of your choice. I served it with Tomato Gojju and Tomato Chutney.
Preparation Time 20 min