Rava Pongal / Kothsu

Rava pongal is almost similar to ven pongal, with only a small difference in making . This  can be served as  good breakfast /dinner . Perfect accompany for any savory pongal  is kothsu. Particularly, this brinjal kothsu is very famous in my place, Thanjavur.. Even the chutney can't match well with the ven pongal than kothsu.. Here's the combo for u guys,

  Ingredients :             
Rava /Sooji -- 1 cup
Moong dhal -- 1/2 cup
Green chillies -- 1 no, finely chopped
Ginger -- 1 1/2 tsp, finely chopped
Cumin seeds -- 1 tsp
Pepper corns -- 1/2 tsp ( I used 1 tsp)
Curry leaves -- 1 sprig
Cashews -- 3 tbsp
Salt -- to taste
Oil -- 2 tsp
Ghee -- 1 tsp

Method :
  • Dry roast the moong dhal for few minutes ( hot when touched ) and soak them in cold water. Dry roast the sooji in the same pan until it's pale golden colour.
  • Pressure cook the moong dhal using enough water for a whistle or two.
  • Crush the pepper and cumin seeds and make it ready
  • Heat the ghee and oil in a pan and fry the cashews until it turns golden. Transfer the cashews to a plate and proceed frying the ginger ,curry leaves.Drop in the crushed pepper and the cumin seeds and fry. Add 4 cups of water,salt to this seasoning and let it boil.
  • Add the roasted rava slowly to the boiling water and start stirring. Add the cooked moong dhal mixture as well. Combine well and make sure there are no lumps . Add the roasted cashews and mix well.Cook until completely cooked and serve with kothsu..

Notes /Suggestions :
  • Personally I would mix the cooked moong dhal with the water, then boil , later add the rava slowly to ensure no lumps, This makes the job really easy.
Brinjal Kothsu / Kaththirikai Kothsu :

Ingredients :
Egg plant -- 2 nos, big
Onion -- 1 medium, finely chopped
Tomato -- 1 small, chopped
Moong dhal -- 1/4 cup
Coriander leaves -- 4 stalks
Tamarind paste -- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder -- a pinch

Sambar / Kulambu milagai thool -- 1 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder -- 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder -- 2 tsp

Hing -- a pinch
Salt -- to taste

For seasoning :
Oil -- 1 tsp
Curry leaves -- a sprig
Mustard seeds -- 1/2 tsp

Method :
  • Heat the pressure cooker with oil and do the seasoning with mustard seeds and curry leaves. Then add the onions and scald well for a minute. Then dump in all the ingredients except tamarind paste and add a cup of water or so.
  • Mix well and cook for 2 whistles. Open the cooker once the pressure drops and add the tamarind paste, and  let it boil for a minute.
  •  Serve along with ven pongal /tiffin items..

Notes /Suggestions :
  • U may also dump altogether except the seasoning ingredients and cook for 2 whistles and then do the seasoning at last.
Sending this to Signature Recipes happening @ Saras's Kitchen

Happy eating guys,


  1. super perfect combination...

    //Dry roast the sooji for few minutes and soak them in cold water. Dry roast the sooji in the same pan until it's pale golden colour.
    // cant understand....i think moongdal is dry roasted & soak in water,am i correct??

  2. @ Menaga,
    Sorry typo error..U r rt, Corrected now..Thanx for letting me know the error

  3. mouth watering yum!!!Agree with Menaga - perfect combo!

  4. Pongal and Gostu .. made for each other. Looks yummy.

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  5. perfect combo and full tasty meal in one pot

  6. My fav breakfast dish!!!! Makes a delicious combo with the kothsu...:)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  7. Love love this combination, finger licking good. Nice presentation too...

  8. Love the combo anytime, urs look perfect.

  9. Comforting n filling breakfast.......

  10. Lovely combination,sounds so delicious and mouthwatering pictures.

  11. Beautiful breakfast idea,mouthwatering..

  12. Looks very delicious!! Should try it some time!

  13. Superb rava pongal.. never tried the combo with kothsu... makes me drool

  14. OMG! that's really awesome recipe!!!

  15. woww... a very healthy and delicious dish.. i just love this :)

  16. Wow ~ that sounds like an awesome meal n combo ~ Such tempting pics, beautiful!
    US Masala

  17. What a combo!!!! Luv the pongal and gothsu

  18. love it fav one n the combination..

  19. My most favorite combo! Love your pictures! Makes me feel so hungry even now just after finishing the lunch!

  20. கொஸ்து ரொம்ப அருமை...சூப்பர்ப் காம்பினேஷன்...

  21. delicious combination this looks wonderful

  22. i'm drooling , perfect combo . lovely pics




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