Millet Venpongal:

Millets-They have occupied my kitchen to a huge extent. I experiment with them in every possible way from simple/old pongal to baked goodies like cakes/cookies/muffins. The best part of this is our family has become used to this and we have millets at least thrice in a week.Today’s recipe is a simple ven pongal with millet(varagu/thinai/saamai/pani varagu) in pressure cooker.I have already posted a sweet pongal recipe with millet and our traditional pongal cooking. This is a super quick version for busy mornings. Find all millet recipes here 


  • Millet-3/4 cup
  • Moong dhal-1/4 cup
  • Water-3 cups
  • Salt-To taste

To temper:

  • Cashews-8
  • Ghee
  • Pepper-6
  • Cumin seeds-1 tsp
  • Curry leaves

millet ven pongal


1.Measure and keep the ingredients ready.

2.Soak the millet and moong dhal for 1/2 hour.

millet ven pongal

3.In a pressure cooker add ghee and heat it.

millet ven pongal

4.Add the tempering elements and add the soaked millet,dhal after draining the water.

millet ven pongal

5.Slightly saute it and add salt,3 cups of water.

6.Pressure cook for 4 whistles

7.When the pressure is released ,mix well.

millet ven pongal

8.Serve it hot with chutney/gothsu/sambhar.

millet ven pongal

My Observations:

To enhance the taste,dry roast moong dhal before adding to water.

You can add green chillies in tempering elements.

Avoid salt and cashews for babies less than 1 year

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millet ven pongal





  1. Hi kalyani,
    Which millet have you used here ??
    Can we give millets to 16 months toddler?

  2. I tried with thinai.but its skin didnt cook. Whether we have to use thinai without skin for pongal?

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