Friday 6 January 2017

Varagu Arisi Ven Pongal Recipe/Varagu Arisi Khara Pongal/Kodo Millet Pongal/Pongal Recipes/Kodo Millet Recipes/How to make Varagu Arisi Ven Pongal

As I promised earlier, I am trying to more post millet/sirudhaaniya vagaikal recipes. For today, I am going to share a very healthy, filling and flavourful Varagu Arisi Ven Pongal. Pongal is a very common South Indian Breakfast made with raw rice and  moong dal  and tempered with green chillies, ginger, black pepper cumin etc. To make this pongal more healthy you can replace the raw rice with varagu arisi and make a tasty and healthy breakfast. Varagu Arisi is loaded with protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Varagu when consumed regularly helps to keep diabetes under check and controls obesity. This tiny grain is highly nutritious and is “gluten free”. Have shared some of the benefits, I think it’s time to move on to the recipe. Do try out this healthy and delicious VenPongal and post your comments here. Meanwhile do check out other interesting Millet/Sirudhaaniya recipes here.

Here’s how to make Varagu Arisi Ven Pongal with step by step photos…
Varagu Arisi/Kodo Millet
1 ½ cup
Moong Dal/Paasi Paruppu
½ cup
Black Pepper Corns/Milagu
2 tsp
Cumin Seeds/Jeeragam
2 tsp
Green Chillies/Pacchai Milagi
2-3 slit lengthwise
2 tsp finely chopped
Curry Leaves
½ tsp
Oil + Ghee
2 tbsp
As Needed
6 cups
Preparation Time: 10 -12 minutes                       Recipe Category: Breakfast/Dinner
Cooking Time: 20 minutes                                     Recipe Cuisine: TamilNadu
Serves: 4-5
Author: Priya Anandakumar

Wash and soak varagu arisi and moong dal for about 15 -20 minutes.

Drain the water, varagu arisi and moong dal to the pressure cooker. Add 6 cups of water and salt to it and pressure cook for 3 whistles.

Open the pressure cooker after the steam releases completely. Give a good stir, so that the rice get mashed when it is hot.

Heat oil + ghee in a kadai, add green chillies, ginger and fry for 30-40 seconds.

Add cashewnuts and fry until they turn golden color.

Now add black pepper corns [or crushed black pepper], cumin seeds/jeeragam, curry leaves, asafoetida/hing and sauté for few more seconds.

Add the cooked varagu + moong dal to the kadai and mix really well, until everything is well combined.

Serve this delicious and healthy Varagu Arisi Pongal with more ghee drizzled on top along with coconut chutney and sambar.

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