Healthy Breakfast – Millet Pongal Recipe


Millet’s provides so many health benefits to us compared to regular rice. Hence we can replace rice with Millet’s wherever possible. There will not be much different in taste though.

Millet Pongal

It’s my first recipe with millet and hoping to try more in future. I have used Varagu (Kodo millet) to make this Pongal. The recipe is very simple and you can opt this for a easy breakfast. We simply loved this Pongal than our regular Kara Pongal.

Millet Pongal Recipe

Prep time : 5 mins
Cook time : 15 mins
Total time : 20 mins

Healthy Pongal with millet’s
Author: Kalyani
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: South Indian
Serves: 3

Ingredients for making Millet Pongal

Varagu/Kodo millet – 1 cup
Moong dal – 2 to 3 tbsp
Pepper – 1 tsp
Jeera – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Turmeric powder – a generous pinch
Water – 4 cups
Ginger – 1 tbsp finely chopped
Ghee – 1 tbsp
Cashews – 5 splitted

Millet Pongal GKFoodDiary

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Preparation :

Take all your ingredients and chop the ginger finely. Wash the Varagu rice twice and keep it ready.

Millet Pongal GKFoodDiary

Procedure to make healthy Millet Pongal:

1. Heat a small pressure cooker with ghee and add pepper, jeera. Once the pepper starts splutters, add curry leaves.Then add moong dal with ginger and saute for two minutes.

Millet Pongal GKFoodDiary

2. Add turmeric powder at this stage and mix well.After that add the washed Kodo millet in and fry it for a minute.
Millet Pongal GKFoodDiary

3. Add water and bring it to a boil.Now close the lid of the cooker and pressure cook it for four whistles in medium flame.
Millet Pongal GKFoodDiary
4. In the meantime, Heat a tadka pan with ghee.Once the ghee is heated, add cashews and fry it till golden brown.Add the ghee fried cashews to the Pongal once pressure released from the cooker and mix well. Transfer to a serving plate!
Millet Pongal GKFoodDiary

Serve hot with coconut chutney or sambar! Delicious and healthy breakfast is ready.
Millet Pongal GKFoodDiary

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Notes :

1. Add generous amount of ghee to make it more tasty if you are not a weight watcher!
2. You can use any millet instead of Varagu rice and try your hands on this recipe!

This article was first published on author’s blog.

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Hello!!! Thanks for visiting my space and taking time to read about me. I am Kalyani and I live in chennai. I was working in IT industry as a software engineer for 7 years. I had to quit my job after my little one arrived and during this time I found my passion! Yes it's cooking and clicking and so this blog!  Though I am fond of food and like to taste different varieties, but started my own cooking after my marriage as I never entered into the kitchen because of my lovable mon and only had the opportunity to enjoy her yummy food. But after marriage, I started cooking vigorously. My husband is a best critic and that helps me to improve my cooking.  The recipes posted here are tried and tasted in my kitchen,traditional native recipes from my mom, baby foods which I feed my baby and few other recipes tried from friends, cookbook or other food blogs.Being a health conscious person, most of my recipes are focuses on health. (Some are exceptional though) My Blog - http://www.gkfooddiary.com

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