24 Sept 2015

Kuthiraivali Pongal | Millet Recipes

My kids love eating ven pongal simply because it's easy to eat and they can finish it off quickly! Since they prefer pongal, I like to introduce millets to them in the form of pongal. I have made pongal with all the millets and they have not found out the difference at all! They love the millet pongal just as much as they love the regular ven pongal!
I have also posted thinai pongal recipe. This post is pongal made with kuthiraivali or barnyard millet.

Kuthiraivali Pongal

Preparation time 10 mins | Cooking time 20 mins | Serves 2-3

To Temper
  • Oil/Ghee - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Pepper corns - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger + garlic - 1/2 tsp, chopped
  • Red chilli - 1
  • Hing - a pinch
Kuthiraivali Pongal

Here are some other millet recipes

Kuthiraivali Pongal

Watch the video

1. Dry roast the moong dal for 3 minutes. Wash and soak the moong dal and kuthiraivali for 30 minutes. 

 2. In a pressure cooker, add the oil or ghee. Add all the tempering ingredients.
3. When the cumin seeds and the mustard seeds splutter, add the drained kuthiraivali + moong dal. 

4. Add the water and turmeric powder, cumin powder, pepper powder and salt. Mix well. 

5. Pressure cook for 3 whistles. Once the pressure releases, open the cooker and add some ghee and mix well.

Serve hot with chutney or sambar.

Kuthiraivali Pongal

1. You can make the pongal without soaking the moong dal and kuthiraivali too.
2. You can roast some cashews too.
3. We add more of the pepper and cumin powder then the pepper corns and cumin seeds. If you want, you can skip the powders and crush the pepper corn and cumin seeds in a mortar and add.
4. Adding turmeric powder, ginger and garlic is optional. It adds some flavor to the dish.
5. Always serve millets hot otherwise it gets dry and lumpy.
6. We add more moong dal since that makes the pongal very tasty.
7. Watch the video for a slightly different version of kuthiraivali pongal.

Until next time,

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