CRACKED WHEAT RAVA PONGAL



This recipe is for my mother. My father is a diabetic and though his diet is controlled, there are some foods which he takes in moderation. These are particularly the ones which he loves like briyani, pongal, and SWEETS. I have been trying some to introduce some rice substitutions for my mom, which she can cook easily without going through a lot of trouble. When I say something like, “I tried this dish with cracked wheat or oats”, the first question that she asks me is “How does it taste”. You know how skeptical moms can be :( I hope she likes this picture of wheat pongal I have posted here and tries it soon. I have not used ghee here and still it tasted great. A spoonful of ghee or butter can also be added while seasoning.

INGREDIENTS:
Cracked wheat, 1 cup.
Moong dhal, ½ cup.
Ground pepper, 1 teaspoon.
Cumin seeds, 1 tablespoon.
Chopped cashews, 1 tablespoon.
Curry leaves, a handful.
Ginger, 1 small piece.
Green chili, 1 (optional).
Any cooking oil, 1 tablespoon.
Salt as per taste.

PREPARATION:
Dry roast the cracked wheat for 5 minutes and let it cool. Wash the moong dhal and cook it in a pressure cooker until it is well-cooked and turns mushy. Chop the ginger into fine pieces and slit the chili into 2 and keep aside. Heat a small pan with a tablespoon of oil. When the oil is hot enough, add the cumin seeds and cashews and fry for a minute until good smell comes cumin and the cashews turn brown. Then add the chopped ginger, curry leaves, and chili and fry everything for another minute. Now add the cooked dhal, cracked wheat with 2 cups of water along with salt, mix everything, and cook under medium flame until the whole dish turns to a pongal consistency. At this stage, add another tablespoon of oil or ghee and cook for a few more minutes under low flame. Switch off the stove and serve the hot pongal with coconut chutney and sambar.

34 comments:

Sushma Mallya said...

Congraz on ur awards gita..hope theres lots more coming ur way in future...pongal looks healthy and a perfect dish for breakast....

Astra Libris said...

Congratulations on your very well deserved awards! You and your blog are amazing! :-)

Such a beautiful way to prepare cracked wheat! It sounds delicious, and I love the presentation in your gorgeous photo!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

i love your presentation. I think your Mom will be convinced

Vrinda said...

Yummy and healthy pongal Gita..lov cracked wheat...and congrats on ur all awarads

Pavithra said...

Thats my fav combo.. I am fasting today seeing this.. omg really my stomach is making sounds..

Sarah Naveen said...

Congrats on all the awards...
Pongal looks divine!!

kitchen queen said...

wow nice and delicious pongal!

Superchef said...

thats very sweet of you to try and find substitutions that your mom can make :) n congrats on the awards!!

Divya Vikram said...

Healthy and delicious breakfast! and congrats on the award.

glidingcalm said...

new visitor to your site!!

I love your food!!! so beautiful!! plus I adore INDIAN! It's been one of my favorites since I was about 2 years old!
congrats on the awards and I look forward to reading!!!

have a great weekend!!

SriLekha said...

congrats on all ur awards!
do visit my blog when u find time!

Cham said...

Wheat pongal looks like rice, sure healthy one!

Sanghi said...

Wow.. this is really tempting treat gita! My entry is in poll for 'SoupnJuice' event dear, if you like my entry pls do vote for me at http://momrecipies.blogspot.com/2009/09/soup-n-juice-event-poll.html

Nandini said...

Pongal looks healthy & nutritious! Congrats on your awards!

Shri said...

My MIL makes it this way but ofcourse with plenty of ghee!It looks so good, I am sure your mom will fall in love!

Kanchan said...

Congrats for your awards :)
Perfectr Healthy Pongal Breakfast!

Priya said...

Wat a healthy and filling dish..congrats on ur awards Gita..u truly deserve it..

Karine said...

This looks to be full of flavors! Thanks for sharing :)

rekhas kitchen said...

congrats on your awards dear ohhh very healthy recioe and that plater looks so inviting yummm.

Abhilash Pillai said...

Hey congrats on your award...

I am sure you are going to rock preparing all my favorite recipies... :)

Rava pongal appears to be good. hey! is this same as the seera gujrati people prepare?

I ate pongal when I was in banglore for a meeting.

VS said...

Congrats geets!
Thats one another healthy innovative creation from you. Looks yummy!

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Hello dear, hope ur doing good. Missed few of your post, will catch regularly.
Healthy and perfect dish!
Congrats on ur deserving awards:)

Valarmathi said...

Yummy pongal, nicely presented.
Congrats on your awards.

Parita said...

a very healthy and delicious pongal there gita and congratulations on all your awards dear :)

Vani said...

I had gestational diabetes during my pregnancy 3 years ago and used to make substitutions for rice all the time. Did not like the substitutions at forst but eventually got used to the different texture and even started liking them! :)
Congrats on the awards!

Varsha Vipins said...

nice..I hope more diabetic people get benefitted from your recipes Gita..:)..n congrats..:)

vidhas said...

yummy pobgal. Congrats on your awards. You deserve it Gita.

Viki's Kitchen said...

What a healthy Pongal da. Wanna grab that plate for my lunch:)

Sweta said...

This is so nice-you could ask your mum to add a few veggies to it the next time, that will increase the fibre content and give your dad at least one serving of veggies. I used to tell my diabetic patients to add mixed veggies to all dishes-upma,poha,kichidi,sambar,dal,etc.

Malar Gandhi said...

Congrats on your well deserved awards, enjoy.

Pongal looks very appealing with chutney and sambar...who could resist such wonderful breakfast.

forkbootsandapalette said...

congrats on your awards

Sireesha said...

Looks so good, wish I could taste it!

poo said...

That was good. thank you very much for the recepie..wish you could post more diabetic recepies

poo said...

That was good. thank you very much for the recepie..wish you could post more diabetic recepies