Monday, April 4, 2016

Millet Pulao-Varagu Arisi Vegetable Rice Recipe-Millet Recipes

Millet Vegetable Pulao is a delicious one pot meal, which is easy to prepare and also nutritious. I have used Kodo millet (varagu in Tamil) for making this pulao. You can substitute it with barnyard millet or little millet. Today we will learn how to make Millet Veg Pulao following this easy recipe with step wise pictures. 

Millet Pulao-Varagu Arisi Vegetable Rice
Kodo Millet (varagu) pulao-brinjal raita-salad-potato curry

Millet Pulao-Varagu Arisi Pulao

Millet Pulao

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 1-2
 Recipe CategoryMillet-Lunch
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Kodo millet (Varagu) - 1/2 cup (see notes)
   Onion - 1 big
   Ginger - 1 inch piece
   Green chilli - 2 slit
   Curry leaves - a sprig
   Salt needed
   Curd - 1 1/2 tbsp
   Water - 1 1/2 cup


   Potato - 1/3 cup or 1 potato
   Carrot - 1/3 cup or 1 carrot
   Beans - 5-6
   Peas - 1/3 cup

   Spice Powder

   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Coriander Powder - 1 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 1 1/2 tbsp
   Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
   Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
   Cloves - 2
   Bay Leaf - 1

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves
   Cashew nuts - 4-5 (optional)


Wash, peel the skin and chop carrots and potato into small pieces. Finely chop beans and keep it aside. Thinly slice onions and slit green chillies. Peel the skin and finely chop ginger.


Heat oil in a pressure pan or any heavy bottomed pan, add cumin seeds, cinnamon, cloves and bay leaf.

When cumin seeds sizzles, add onions, ginger, green chilli and curry leaves.

how to make millet pulao

When onions become transparent, add all the vegetables, turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt needed.

varagu arisi veg pulao

Mix well, sprinkle water and cook covered for 2-3 minutes.

varagu arisi pulao

Now add the washed millet, 1 1/2 cup of water and bring it to boil. Check for salt. If required add at this stage. Cook covered.

Millet Pulao recipe

When almost all the water has evaporated, add curd, mix well and cook covered for a few more seconds. (Millet has a tendency to become dry, so I have added a little curd to prevent that).

Millet vegetable Pulao

Once done, switch off the heat and let is sit for 5 minutes. Then open the lid and fluff it with a fork.

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and roasted cashew nuts.

Serve hot with any raitha (pachadi) or papads or any onion tomato gravy.

I had it with my most favorite smoked brinjal pachadi, salad and potato curry.

Notes - You can use samai or kuthiraivali instead of varagu. Follow the same method. You can make this pulao in pressure cooker or pressure pan without the whistle. You may also add vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, sweet corn etc.

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  1. Hello Padhu...Nice recipe with millets... I often get stuck for recipes with millet...this one sounds gud

  2. Hi Padhu. Wanted to check if we need to steam the millet for a long time or if it will get cooked on the go. I am going to try this recipe using millet for the very first time and thats why the doubt

  3. It is cooked in the same way as rice. Follow the same method above, the millet will get cooked well.

  4. Lovely recipe ! I find dry roasting the millet a bit before adding to a dish like this keeps the grains separate.


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