As Pongal festival (Uzhavar Thirunaal) is nearing I wanted to post healthy (millet) pongal recipes. This varagu pongal is very easy to prepare, tastes delicious and also very healthy. There is not much difference between rice pongal and this pongal. It can be had for breakfast or for dinner also. Millets are rich in fiber, low in cholesterol and are gluten free. You can read more about the health benefits of millets in my how to cook millet post. Today we will learn how to make Ven Pongal with varagu (kodo millet) following this easy recipe.
|Kodo Millet Pongal with sambar|
Dry roast moong dal until it is hot to touch. You do not have to roast millet.
Wash and pressure cook both dal and millets with 2 1/4 cup of water, salt needed for 4 whistles.
Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker and mix the content well.
Heat oil in a kadai/pan, add cumin/jeera seeds, pepper and cashew nuts, when jeera sizzles, add finely chopped ginger, curry leaves and pour it over the cooked millet + dal.
Cook the pongal on low heat for 3-4 minutes, add ghee and switch it off.
Delicious and healthy Kodo Millet Pongal is ready. Serve it hot with sambar or coconut chutney or coconut chutney with garlic.
Note - You can substitute kodo millet with little millet (samai) or barnyard millet (kudraivali) and prepare the same recipe.
More Pongal recipes
Khara Pongal Recipe (ven pongal with rice)
Sakkarai Pongal (sweet pongal with rice)
Foxtail Millet Sweet Pongal
Check out more Pongal Festival Recipes, side dishes for pongal etc.
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