Thursday, September 11, 2014

Varagu Pongal - Kodo Millet Pongal Recipe

Varagu Arisi Pongal
Varagu Pongal or Varagarisi Ven Pongal is a very healthy and tasty for breakfast.I often make varagu pongal with coconut chutney and tiffin sambar and the combo is so good.This is easy and quick to make for breakfast that you can just make it in a jiffy and serve it. Amma makes a chutney for this pongal with coconut and garlic which serves as a great sidedish for all ven pongals, will definitely post it in the near future.You can use the same recipe and make kuthiraivali, samai ven pongal.Check out more millet recipes that I've already posted.

Varagu Arisi Pongal

Varagu Arisi Pongal Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Varagu Rice - 1/2 cup
Moong Dal - 3 tbsp
Water - 1 and 1/4 cups
Cashews - 5 broken
Ghee - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 1 tsp
Pepper - 1/2 tsp (whole or crushed roughly)
Jeera - 1/2 tsp (whole or crushed roughly)
Curry Leaves - few
Green Chillies - 1
Ginger - 1/2 tsp chopped finely
Hing - 1/8 tsp


  1. Dry roast moong dal till golden brown.Transfer to pressure cooker, then Rinse the millet well,drain water and add it to cooker.Add water and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles in medium flame.Switch off.
    How to make varagu ven pongal - Step1
  2. Once pressure releases, mash up rice and dal well with a laddle.Now get ready with the tempering items...Heat oil in a pan - add the items listed under ' temper' let it splutter.
    How to make varagu ven pongal - Step2
  3. Then fry cashews in ghee and transfer both tempering and fried cashews to the pongal.Give a quick stir.
    How to make varagu ven pongal - Step3
Serve hot with a drizzle of ghee on top along with chutney and sambar.
Varagarisi Ven Pongal

My Notes:

  • I recommend serving hot / warm else it will become dry as with any pongal.
  • Adjust water according to the consistency you like your pongal to be.
  • Drizzle ghee, garnish with cashews while serving to give the pongal a more appealing look :)
  • If you don't like whole pepper corns then crush it coarsely.
Varagarisi Ven Pongal

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Me too made the same last week and clicked in the same pakku mattai thattu with banana leaf !!

  2. Droooling here....awesome presentation...tempted to try

  3. Is the water leverl given is correct because you said to get separated grains only need to add 2 to 2 1/2 cups water for one cup rice. Plz clarify

    1. For pongal the rice should be a little mushy and not grains separated and yes the measures I've written will be apt for pongal


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