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ThinaiVenPongalRecipe|FoxtailMilletSavoryPongal VeganandGlutenFreeRecipe
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Thinai Ven Pongal Recipe | 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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast, Festival Recipes, Lunch Recipes, Main Course, One Pot Meal
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian, Tamil Nadu
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 70kcal


  • 1 cup Thinai / Foxtail Millet
  • ½ cup Payatham paruppu / Moong Dal
  • 2 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 2 tsp Peppercorn
  • 2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • Curry leaves few
  • 1 inch Ginger finely grated
  • ¼ tsp Asafetida
  • Salt to taste


  • Leaving about ½ tsp of 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, about 5 to 7 minutes in low-medium flame. Add the measured millet into the same pan and give a quick stir. Turn off the heat.
  • Transfer this into the instant pot container or a container that goes inside the pressure cooker. I made mine in the Instant pot.
  • Rinse it well and add about 5 cups of water to the pot.
  • Set the IP on manual mode and set the cook time to 12 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally after done.
  • When the millet/moong dal mixture is done cooking, heat a small pan and add coconut oil to it. If you are not looking for a vegan version, then you can use ghee.
  • Add the reserved ½ tsp of pepper corn and cumin along with asafteida, salt, curry leaves, ginger and the powdered pepper/cumin mixture. Fry them well until aromatic (about 1 to 2 minutes).
  • Slightly mash the cooked millet/lentil mixture and add the fried seasonings. Mix well to combine and adjust the consistency. Add a splash of water if the Pongal appears too thick.
  • Check for salt and adjust if needed. Serve hot with chutney, Sambhar or Gothsu.


Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg