Thinai pongal is basically a pongal made using Thinai (Foxtail Millet) instead of conventional rice. Thinai Pongal is a delicious and simple dish that gives benefits of health and taste. Millets come with their own health benefits and it’s recommended to include millet as part of our regular diet.
Pongal refers to grains steeped in curry or gravy. Thinai Pongal is healthy, delicious, and savory. This dish is specially prepared during the harvest festival of Sankranti in South India, such a tasty porridge is often eaten for breakfast or lunch, or dinner meal.
Well, it’s a very simple and yummy dish. In this dish, instead of rice, thinai is included. Thinai pongal (Foxtail Millet Pongal) is made using the same procedure as the conventional Pongal. It’s a simple yet very healthy Pongal. Pongal can also be made using barnayard millet, pearl millet, etc.
Thinai rice [Foxtail Millet] – 1 cup
Yellow moong dal- ¼ cup
Ghee – 3 tbsp
1 tbsp – Cumin seeds
Peppercorn – 01 tbsp
Ginger – one inch [chopped, mashed]
Curry leaves – a few
Salt to taste
Water – 2 ½ cups
Serving 2 people
Firstly, take thinai rice and yellow moong dal and wash them.
Now, take a cooker and add thinai and dal in it, also pour water in it.
Further, put the cooker on flame and add ghee to it. Close the lid and cook for 4 whistles.
In addition, when done then turn off the cooker flame and keep the cooker aside.
Besides, take a pan add ghee onto it and turn on the flame, also add ingredients such as cumin seeds, peppercorn, ginger, and curry leaves.
Let this mixture splutter for a few seconds and then turn off the heat.
Furthermore, add this mixture to the cooked thinai mixture.
Then, add salt and ghee to the above mixture and mix well.
Garnish it with little coriander leaves (optional).
Finally, serve hot and enjoy!
Thinai Pongal can be eaten with coconut chutney also.
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