Millet Pongal

Millet pongal is a healthy hearty dish that can be served for breakfast. Since millets are used in this pongal, the pongal is slowly digested & absorbed and hence the slower or smaller rise in blood sugar levels. Millet pongal may be simply served with spicy coconut chutney, and it does require to serve this with sambar, so we can prepare this breakfast in a jiffy. Besides we can also serve this pongal with sambar, or vegetable gothsu.

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Here I used kodo millet or varagu but you may try with other millets also. You can refer the table below for the nutrition values of millets:

milletsnutritiontable Millet Pongal

Cooking Time : 20 min

Serves : 4


  1. Kodo millet (varagu arisi) – 1 cup (200 g)
  2. Green gram lentils (moong dal/ paasi paruppu) – half cup (100 g)
  3. Oil – 25 ml
  4. Cumins (jeeragam) – half tsp
  5. Coarsely ground pepper  (milagu thool) – half tsp
  6. Curry leaves (kariveppilai) – 1 sprig
  7. Ginger (inji) – 1 inch
  8. Salt – 1 tsp
  9. Turmeric powder (manjal thool)  – 1/4 tsp
  10. Water – 600 ml

Cooking Method:

  • Wash millets & lentils.
  • Chop ginger finely & keep aside.
  • Heat pressure cooker with oil, add cumins, pepper, curry leaves, chopped ginger and fry for 30 sec.
  • Now add water, salt & turmeric and bring to a boil.
  • Finally add millets & lentils and pressure cook them (simmer for 8 min after bringing to high pressure).
  • When the pressure is released, mash with the back of a ladle and pour a teaspoon of ghee (optional) to enhance the flavour.
  • Serve hot millet pongal with coconut chutney or/and sambar.

Please Note:

  • I prefer to do the tempering before pressure cooking as it helps to enhance the flavors of spices in it.
  • We need to strictly follow the pressure cooking time as well as water & oil measurement; even a small change in them makes a huge difference.
  • I used sunflower oil here. You can make this pongal rich by mixing equal portions of ghee (clarified butter) & neutral oil.

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