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Jul 3, 2014

Foxtail Millet Savory Pongal / Thinai Pongal ~ Easy Thinai Recipes !

Today's recipes is a healthy, filling and delicious recipe, Thinai Pongal/Millet Pongal a savory version. I have already shared the sweet version of Thinai Pongal. A typical South Indian breakfast, Ven Pongal can be made even more healthy and tasty with Cracked wheat, Millets, Oats, Brown Rice and here am with Thinai / Foxtail Millet instead of rice. Ven Pongal is one of the easiest and our family's favorite breakfast. And most of our weekend's breakfast will be Pongal and Instant Sambar. Now i started skipping rice and using Millets to make Ven Pongal, Sambhar Bhat. Millets are rich in fiber, low in calories, healthy, perfect for diet & diabetic people with delicious taste and my recent favorite grain too. I have tried few more millet recipes and is all coming next.
This Millet Savory Pongal is one wholesome and filling meal with the addition of moong dal & mild spices. Even my kids love this pongal, if you are looking for some healthy and easy recipe then this Millet Pongal is one best choice. Now off to the recipe...

Preparation Time :  15 minutes(including soaking time)
Cooking Time : 20 minutes
Serves    3 generously
  1. Thinai / Hulled millet     3/4 cup
  2. Moong Dal/Yellow lentil     1/4 cup + 3 tbsp
  3. Water     5 cups
  4. Salt    to taste
  5. Turmeric Powder     a tiny pinch
To Temper
  1. Oil     1 tbsp
  2. Pepper      2 tsp(coarsely crushed)
  3. Cumin seeds    1 tbsp
  4. Curry leaves    1 sprig
  5. Ginger     1 tsp(finely chopped)
  6. Cashew nuts    1 tbsp (chopped)
  7. Cilantro    few for garnishing
  • Wash and soak millet/thinai in enough water for 15-20 minutes.
  • After that, heat few drops of oil in a pressure cooker add moong dal and roast till light golden brown.
  • To that add 5 cups of water, turmeric powder and bring it to boil.
  • Once it starts boiling add soaked and drained thinai and add enough salt and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  • After that switch off the stove and wait till the pressure cools down.
  • Then open the lid and give it a stir.
  • Now heat oil in a tempering pan, when it heated add cumin seeds allow splutter, then add crushed pepper corns, chopped ginger, cashew nuts, curry leaves, hing and fry well.
  • Then add this tempering to the pongal and stir well, lastly add some finely chopped cilantro.
  • That's it....Healthy and tasty Thinai Pongal ready. I served with Spring Onion Chutney & Instant Sambar.

I like to add more amount of moong dal, but you can also add 3-4 tbsp also. But adding more dal gives nice nutty taste and flavor.
You can also use ghee for tempering.

This is off to Priya's Vegan Thursday.


  1. Thinai pongal is my favourite, never forget to make them atleast twice a month, such a nutritious breakfast.

  2. wow such and yummy looking pongal with delicious chutney sambhar for side :) Lovely presentation sangee !! looks yumm !!

  3. wow my favourite pongal you have made it so so well :) love your clicks amazing.

  4. Delicious healthy pongal sis and love the presentation

  5. amazing way to use millet. Going to try this recipe soon.

  6. Perfect one pot meal,looks inviting..I have never tried this foxtail millet,will try smtym,Sangee..Happy Long weekend to u too !!!

  7. healthy pongal.. Good start for the day

  8. these millets make a perfect brekfast n espcly with pongal yummm

  9. Healthy pongal, looks very delicious too..

  10. Perfect sangee. Iam yet to start millet recipes :)

  11. Healthy breakfasy

  12. This is a versatile dish fir sure sangee..

  13. The pongal looks awesome Sangee, not yet cooked with thinai..

  14. I have never made a pongal before, definitely something I need to try. Thanks for the great recipe!

  15. Are you sure that 5 cups of water is correct for this recipe? It seems to be too much water for the amount of dal and millet.

    1. yes.,the above recipes uses 5 cups of water!

  16. Hi where do u get thinai in U.S.? Can u please let me know

    1. You can find in Whole Foods Market or Fresh Market Stores, it is named as "Hulled Millet" OR it is available online sites like amazon/ebay.


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