Oatmeal Pongal...Khichdi....

When it is the weekend..i like to make something substantial but easy for we get up really really making a full blown lunch is painful and i am no longer in the mood to eat out.. the food really sucks..and i am bored to make sure that there is no this and that...i figure, i might as well make it.

This dish is basically pongal..but has some khichdi the confusion on the title..i thought how would 'Ponchi' sound..nah...'Khigal' worse i tell u...anyway, here is the lo-down on the recipe. It needs a little pre-planning..not that u guys are going to make this...but if you are..keep this in mind.


Green Moong - 1/2 cup
Red Lobia - 1/2 cup
Carrots,Peas,Green Beans and Corn - 1/2 cup each
Onion - 1/2 medium
Green Chilly -2
Oats - 1 cup (i used quick cooking oats)
Milk - 1 cup
Water - 1 1/2 cups
Pepper-Jeera Powder - 1/2 tsp (freshly powdered...if possible)
Mustard Seeds,Channa Dal and Urad Dal - 1/2 tsp. each
Oil - 1 tsp.
Ghee- 1 tsp.


1. Presoak the green moong and red lobia for 2-3 hours (overnite..even better)

2. Pressure cook this for 4 whistles, till they are well cooked..mush them a little.

3. Toast the oats on a dry skillet and keep aside.

4. Dice the carrots and beans to bite sized pcs.

5. Chop the onions finely and split the green chilly in the middle.

6. In a wide pan, add the oil, then add the mustard seeds..when it pops add the channa dal,urad dal and fry in medium high till light brown.

7. Add the onions,green chilly and the rest of the veggies and saute till the veggies are tender. You can add a little water to help along.

6. Add the oats, the milk and the water with required salt and let this cook on medium heat.

7. Add the cooked green moong and lobia when the oatmeal starts to thicken.

8. It will take only a couple of minutes for this to come together. Add the
pepper-jeera powder and 1 tsp. of ghee and remove from heat.

9. The oatmeal thickens a little more in time.


1. Adding curry leaves and ginger to this would be really great.. i was out of both of these.

2. Adding cashews to this will be even better..did not strike me when i was making this..

3. This makes a lot..easily enough for 4..just to let u know :)


Asha said...

Khigal sounds good to me!!:D
I love the photo and that bowl. Looks yum!

TBC said...

Oh that looks so good! So healthy & so filling & so colorful.

Padma said...

Hey Rajitha that is simply delicious dear, If I am not wrong Red lobia means red masoor dal? also I loved the angle at which u have shot that picture...girl you r rocking!

Laavanya said...

That's very interesting Rajitha... I made the Oats Upma from Viji's blog and I have been eyeing the oats pongal on evolving tastes but haven't gotten to it yet. Now I have one more to add to the list - yours.

Cynthia said...

That is a bowl of love. If someone made that for me, I'd know they care for me and to present it in such a charming red bowl? Makes me feel even more special :)

Redchillies said...

Rajitha, loved your combination. I agree, some days we just want to try out something totally new. Did you use the quick cooking oats or Rolled oats?

Kamini said...

This really looks like it is bursting with good halth. Lots of fibre, veggies, proteins... Nice recipe.

bee said...

i adore oats, and this is something i will surely try.

ServesYouRight said...

Great idea!!! Cabn;t go wrong with this combination!


Nags said...

awesome! i love healthy beans stuff but lack the creativity to put together something myself.. this is really good!

Vcuisine said...

The bowl and the pongal both are looking great Rajitha. Viji

sra said...

Ponchi and khigal!!! I was just skimming over your recipe and wondered what on earth you meant, LOL!

Apple said...

Wonderful creation girl...Looks so healthy n delicious...Nice picture too..

Raaga said...

so many instructions for people who you think may never make it???
Wow :-)

I will try this sometime... easy and nourishing :-)

Menu Today said...

Healthy looking oats pongal. Thanks for sharing.

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Oats healthy dish.......I also liked ur prsentation...the bowl holding it was also beautiful :-)

Rajitha said...

asha- okay..khigal it is ;)...i love that bowl

tbc- thnks :)

padma- red lobia is also called is like green moong but red in color...and thanks hon :)

laavanya - same here i have the must try many have i made....none ;)

cynthia - really..then this one is for u :)

redchillies - thanks for asking this Q..i did update the info on my is the Quick Cooking Oats..

kamini- yep! and it is very filling too..

bee- love oats try this one

smita - cannot :)

nags- necessity is the mother of all invention..if i was in hyd and had all those goodies and shops..i would not make anything like this...

viji- thanks...i love that bowl

sra - aha! this is how i lure people in...u got me ;)

apple - thanns :)

raaga- see....this is the catch..oh! nope.. nothing....i mean uhh...thanks :)

menu today - thanks..pleasure was all mine

sirisha - thanks thinkt he bowl is beautiful too :)

Pravs said...

Nice bowl of khichdi.. pongal :D
Looks like a very filling meal.

Sandeepa said...

Oats in a khichdi...sounds interesting !!!

Seena said...

Good one Rajitha, m eager to see the pics here..

Jeena said...

Wow! Rajitha this is an amazing recipe it looks so delicious! Great picture. :)

Kribha said...

The first time I looked at it I thought it was some kind of soup. Khigal sounds nice. So rich, healthy and colorful.Hearty khigal in a beautiful bowl.

Rajitha said...

pravs- it is filling..

sandeepa - well....what can i say i am an intersting person...he he

seena- thnks..

jeena - it is what i like mixed in a bowl

kribha- sa i told will now be know as khigal ;)..i know..isn't bowl cute.....;)

Happy cook said...

Looks very filling.
Totzlly different oat dish

Rajitha said...

happy cook - it is filling...

swapna susarla said...

wow what a healthy recipe !!!!

Mocha said...

What a innovative dish. WHat a good way of having such a healthy thing with a new twist. I hate oats the normal way but i am sure i would like it this way.