Thinai Ven Pongal

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Foxtail Millet Savory Pongal


Thinai Ven Pongal made with foxtail millet is a wonderful variation to the Kara Pongal or Savory Pongal. Perfect recipe for Breakfast or lunch.

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Total Time

25 min

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– Thinai / Foxtail Millet – Payatham paruppu / Moong Dal – Coconut oil – Peppercorn – Cumin seeds – Curry leaves few – Ginger finely grated – Asafetida – Salt to taste

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– Leaving some black pepper and cumin seeds aside, combine the rest and grind it into a smooth powder. – Fry the moong dal until lightly golden brown and aromatic. Add the measured millet into the same pan and give a quick stir. Turn off the heat. – Transfer this into the instant pot container. 

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Steps 1-3

– Rinse it well and add water to the pot. – Set the IP on manual mode and cook. Let the pressure release naturally after done. – Next, heat a small pan and add coconut oil to it. If you are not looking for a vegan version, then you can use ghee.

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Steps 4-6

– Add the reserved pepper corn and cumin along with asafteida, salt, curry leaves, ginger and the powdered pepper/cumin mixture. Fry them well.

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Step 7

– Slightly mash the cooked millet/lentil mixture and add the fried seasonings. Mix well to combine and adjust the consistency. – Check for salt and adjust if needed. Serve hot with chutney, Sambhar or Gothsu.

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