How to make rava pongal

Take one measure  rava and half  measure moong dhal


Dry roast the moong dhal in a shallow vessel till the raw flavour disappears. We can prepare without dry roasting also


Cook the moong dhal separately in water boiled in vessel.  If we cook in a pressure cooker the dhal particles may stick and may not be discrete.


Close it with a lid and allow it to get cooked.  We can know that it is cooked when a dhal particle breaks into to when we press it with our finger nail.  Add salt required for the dhal


Take ghee in a shallow vessel.  We can use oil also but it tastes good with ghee.


Add the ingredients, pepper, cumin seeds, small ginger pieces, asafoetida cashew nuts and curry leaves to the hot ghee.


Add about three measures of water for one measure rava and let it boil.  Add salt as per your taste and requirement.

When the water boils add the rava , constantly stirring with a ladle as we do for upma or uppitu.
This ensures that no raw rava particles are left behind.


When rava gets cooked well and also mixes well with other ingredients add the cooked moong dhal and stir well so that both mix thoroughly.



Add a little more ghee if you want , it gives a fine flavour but is optional.  Close it with a lid for two minutes so that it gets cooked completely.


Rava pongal is ready to be served.  The best side dish for this is the tomato gojju.
The video below shows how to prepare gojju

rangoli designs only photos

For Margali 2017 a traditional double line kolam I drew on the first day.


This is the second kolam for Margazhi or Dhanurmasam


The rangoli for the next day - small and simple free hand rangoli ( or Rangoli sans dots !)

This is a small free hand rangoli I drew for my YouTube video


Double stroke rangoli with lamps for Karthigai Deepam decoration .  Karthigai is similar  to Diwali festival in festivities.


This is a traditional and small padi kolam ( rangoli with lines ) drawn at the entrance.  Kavi or ochre decoration is used for Fridays and festivals


One more kolam - it is a month long kolam festival during Dhanurmasam.  This is a variation of the traditional padi kolam


This is a 15 to 1 dot lotus kolam , big rangoli and simple too


This a traditional rangoli I drew during Dhanurmasam 2017 - 2018


For the season ,  a double stroke or double line kolam on a Margali Friday.


Next a simple free hand rangoli with spiral designs





My mother's favourite kolam for Margazhi and Friday - next 


Best color rangoli powder for Diwali


This is a picture of rangoli colours packed by my sister in Nagpur .  There have been many queries as to where I get the colour rangoli powder for my colourful rangoli designs I make for Diwali and New Year.

So I wanted to share this , when I shared in on my Facebook Page - Rangolisansdots many viewers wanted to know the price and wanted for them also.   I was overwhelmed .  
Actually my sister purchases these colours from a place called Koradi outside Nagpur , it is 16 km from the city ,  I understand.

When she goes to the Mahalakshmi temple , she purchases rangoli colours for our relatives.  
She brings them home and dries the colours in shade.  Then packs them in small packets and distributes among our relatives.  Some she keeps for herself also.  As I have disclosed earlier she is my guru for kolam .  Of course for all of us, our mother is the first guru.  

She usually sends it by courier or brings along with her when she comes to my place.  Since it is gift,  I have not asked the price and so I do not know the price.  

The colours from this place near Nagpur are very beautiful , in different shades.  The flow is very good and they do not stick to our fingers.  So I always prefer them because I have been used to this quality which I consider to be the best , for a long time.  I do not try any where else.  

The response was so overwhelming on Facebook ,  I did not expect it , frankly , that I had to write another post offering my apologies for my inability to be of help of present in procuring the rangoli colours .  Diwali festival decoration is around the corner , so naturally ladies are need of colours for their designs and these colours are really awesome ,  I must say.

The next photo shows the rangoli colours being dried in shade before being transferred to plastic covers for distribution among our relatives.  This was shared by my sister on Whatsapp.

I use this ready made colors for Diwali or Sankranti ( Pongal ) and do not mix anything else with it.


So far as the white rangoli powder is concerned,  I share how I prepare it.

I use white rangoli powder that is available with any local vendor.  I sieve it well so that the coarse particles are filtered.  Then I add rice flour to the white rangoli and mix well.
The ratio of white rangoli to rice flour is 3:1 i.e for three parts white rangoli , I add one part rice flour.

After mixing thoroughly ,  I use it for drawing the rangoli before colouring or for traditional designs in which we normally do not add colours.

The advantage of using this mixture is that the good qualities of the rangoli powder ( we call it kola podi or kola maavu ) and rice flour with regard to rangoli making are obtained.

Some of the rangoli designs I made using these colours and some innovative methods of creating circular and semi circular rangoli designs.  Semi circular designs are quite favourites for corner rangoli .  Actually they are drawn a corner during Diwali because they remain there for a few days as the celebrations last for a few days and hence they will not be erased by people walking around the house.