Varagu Arisi Khara Pongal | Kodo Millet Pongal

 Varagu Arisi Khara Pongal| Kodo Millet  Pongal


VARAGU ARISI KHARA PONGAL/ KODO MILLET PONGAL is a flavoursome pongal variety cooked using millets/siru daniyam. It is cooked just like our regular ven pongal but here instead of rice I have used varagu arisi or kodo millet.

  Health benefits of varagu arisi or kodo millets-

💪Kodo millet is rich in B complex vitamins especially thiamin and niacin.
💪Rich in minerals like calcium,potassium,iron ,zinc and magnesium.
💪Rich in fibre and low in fat hence helps in weight management.
💪Controls sugar.
💪Lowers blood pressure and prevents cardiovascular diseases.
💪Rich in antioxidant thus prevents cancer.
💪It is gluten-free .
💪Easily digestible and easy to cook.


Varagu arisi( kodo millet)-1 cup
Green gram dhal-1/2 cup
Green chillies-2 chopped
Ginger-1 inch piece chopped fine
Cumin seeds-1 tsp
Peppercorns-1 tsp
Curry leaves few
Salt to taste
Ghee-2 tbsps


👉Wash the kodo millet 3-4 times and soak it along with washed dhal for 10 mins.

👉Heat ghee in a pressure cooker add cumin seeds, peppercorns, green chillies, ginger, cashews,curry leaves and sauté well , next add the Kodo millet and dhal without WATER and fry for a minute.

👉 Add 4 -5 cups of water, required salt and close the cooker and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.

👉Once the pressure is released mash the pongal slightly. if needed add extra ghee .
👉Serve hot with tomato chutney or coconut chutney.

Preparation time-20 mins

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