Monday, August 12, 2013

Millets ven Pongal/Thinai Arisi Pongal

After knowing the health benefits of millets I try to replace it for  rice in my meal.After the positive results of Millets dosa I tried millets pongal too.The taste didn't differ and unless u tell one cannot make out it is millets pongal.It also resembles same as that of the normal ven pongal.
Considering the health benefits I had used minimum amount of oil and had avoided the use of ghee.
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1 Cup of Thinai/Samai/Quinoa/Fox tail millet/Kodo millet/little millet/Barnyard millet
1/3 Cup of Moong Dhal/pasi Paruppu
3 and 1/2 cups of water
1 Tsp of Grated ginger

To temper:

1 Tbsp of oil/Ghee
1 Tbsp of Dry black pepper corns
1 Tsp of Coarsely crushed pepper(Optional)
1 Tsp of Cumin seeds/Jeera
1 Tbsp of Cashewnuts
Few Curry leaves
A pinch of Asafoetida


Dry roast the dal(pasi paruppu/Moong dhal) in a kadai.
Then add it to the millet(clean it before soaking) and soak the mixture for 10 minutes.
After soaking it for 10 minutes drain off the water.

In a pressure cooker add the millets and dhal mixture.
Add 3 and 1/2 cups of water,grated ginger,salt and pressure cook it for 2-3 whistles.

After opening the pressure cooker lid the mixture appears little watery but when u mix it it becomes hard.
Mix the mixture well.
Heat ghee/oil in a kadai and fry the cashewnuts.Keep it aside

In the same kadai add some oil,if necessary and add whole dry black pepper,Jeera/Cumin seeds,Asafoetida,curry leaves .
If u want more spicyness then add coarsely crushed pepper and mix it well.
Add the roasted cashews,mix well and serve .
U can have it with Brinjal Kotsu,Coconut chutney.If u want a rich breakfast serve it medhu vada


  • U can add 2 Tbsp of ghee to make the pongal to have more flavour
  • My kids throw away the pepper when they eat pongal.So I always add coarsely crushed pepper to pongal.
  • After cooking the mixture remains little watery..but it will set right after some time.
  • U can add 1/4 Tsp of Turmeric powder if u like the yellow colour for pongal.
  • The mixture turns little thick after cooking.So adjust the water accordingly.
  • I had used thinai for cooking.U can add samai/kuthirai vali arisi/Varagu Arisi too.



  1. very nice pongal

  2. hi, yesterday i bought thinai and the same in yellow colour. but in your recipe thinai looks white. little confused

  3. hi, yesterday i bought thinai and the same in yellow colour. but in your recipe thinai looks white. little confused

    1. Thinai is basically yellow in colour...but the one I used is a polished one which is white :))

    2. You answered my follow up question. I just bought millet from a health food store here and it looks yellow. Cant wait to try this and the kathirikai gothsu.

  4. hi that is a particular variety of millet, go ahead and enjoy!

  5. HI,
    Its the photo that attracted me to visit your site. enjoyed reading about you and the amazing recipies. Keep up the good work!!:-)