Cook's Hideout: Pongal & Tomato Raita

April 26, 2009

Pongal & Tomato Raita

Pongal and tomato perugu pachadi (raita) is one of my favorite combos. My mom used to make them for weekend breakfast or for a quick dinner. Now I make them for my son and he seems to like them.

Rice - 1 cup (I use sona masoori rice)
Pesarapappu (Moong Dal) - 1/2 cup
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Salt & pepper - to taste

Tadka ingredients:
Ginger - 1" piece grated
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Hing - pinch
  • Cook rice & dal with 4 cups of water (or 2cups water & 2 cups milk) and turmeric
  • Heat 2tsp ghee in a saucepan, add the tadka ingredients and once the seeds splutter add the cooked rice & dal mixture. Mix well; season with salt & pepper. If the mixture is too dry, add water and simmer for 5 minutes. Cover and rest for couple of minutes.
In the meantime, prepare tomato raita. Heat 1tsp oil in a small saucepan, add 1/4tsp each of mustard and cumin seeds and 1 red chili; once the seeds splutter add 1 finely chopped tomato. Cover and cook until tomatoes turn mushy. Season with salt. Remove from heat and let cool for couple of minnutes. Add 1 cup of yogurt, mix well and enjoy with the pongal.

This goes to CFK-Rice being hosted by Trupti @ Recipe Center. Cooking For Kids is the brainchild of Sharmi @ Neivedyam.



  1. Nice Combo Pavani...Pongal looks yummy similar to khichdi isnt it?

  2. Pongal is looking lovely..

  3. pongal has come really well Pavani... Love the color... Havent tried with tomato raita...

  4. my comfort food....lovely colour..

  5. Nice picture, haven't tried with tomato raita, good combo.

  6. Hi Pavani,
    Pongal is an any time comfort food, tomato raita works well with pongal :) ur pongal looks vry pleasant and tasty.

  7. This is one of our favorite comfort and go-to meal. Healthy and delicous isn't it?

  8. Loved the pongal.I used to feed my kids this almost everyday,now i stopped it.

  9. Oh wow pongal looks drooooooolworthy.....

  10. I never tasted pongal with raita, delicious!


  11. Wow looks really delicious. I would like to try this soon :-
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