BM #99 Day 22 - 

In the process of introducing millets to my family, here is another recipe where millets were accepted as an easy substitute for rice.

This time I used Kodo Millet/Varagu/Arikelu and made my favorite comfort food, Pongal. Here I didn't add any vegetables but added my favorite chana dal tempering for the extra crunch on top.

This pongal tastes awesome with any chutney of your choice or any tangy gravy like this Bendakaya Gojju, Pineapple Gojju, or Strawberry Gojju.

Ingredients - 

Kodo Millet/Varagu/Arikelu  1/2 cup
Moong Dal 1/4 cup
Salt, Turmeric and Pepper as needed
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Seasoning (Ghee/Oil 2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Chana Dal 2 tsp, Hing / Asafotida 2 pinches, Cashews and Curry leaves few)

Method Of Preparation -

Wash and soak Kodo Millet / Varagu / Arikelu for a few minutes. Ideally 2-4 hours. But I never soaked it for more than 15 minutes.

Wash moong dal and set aside.

In a utensil, mix kodo millet and moong dal. Add in salt, turmeric, crushed pepper and about 1 1/2 - 2 cups of water. Pressure cook the mixture for 10-12 minutes.

Upon release of pressure, prepare the seasoning. In a heated pan, add the oil and mustard seeds. After the mustard seeds pop, add chana dal, cashews, curry leaves and hing.

After the chana dal and cashews are golden brown, remove and transfer into the cooked millet-dal mixture.

Mix well and serve with an accompaniment of your choice. 


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#99

Preparation Time 30 minutes
Serves 2-3
Posted by Harini R on Thursday, April 25, 2019


  1. Suma Gandlur Says:
  2. I too try to incorporate millet in our diet in these kind of rice dishes or breakfast dishes. This kodo millet pongal is quite delicious one.

  3. You make every recipe sound so simple . I just use two millets and must do my study on these . The Pongal sounds delicious . Infact I love Pongal , but I surely have to try one with millets .

  4. I used to make millets pongal once in a while...such a healthy alternative to the regular rice pongal..

  5. CookwithRenu Says:
  6. Another healthy share and I love such one pot meals specially with millets.

  7. sushma Says:
  8. Healthy and delicious looking millet pongal. Good one

  9. This pongal sounds absolutely yum. Swapping the varagu for rice is a great idea. With sambar and chutney to the side, this would make an amazing breakfast.

  10. Kalyani Says:
  11. i had made both garage upma and Varagu pongal for this alphabet. But went with the former.. your version looks beautifully made, Harini ! total comfort food

  12. Srivalli Says:
  13. This is simply awesome one Harini and I haven't used chana dal for seasoning, I am sure I will love the crunch. will try it next time.

  14. Srividhya Says:
  15. I started using millets in pongal only. It's a great substitute for rice. I am sure with any gojju this pongal would have tasted delicious.

  16. Swati Says:
  17. I really appreciate how you have used various millets in your recipes. This is o nutritious and looks so delectable also.

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