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Kuthiravalli Venpongal / Barnyard Millet Vepongal

Kuthiravalli Venpongal / Barnyard Millet Vepongal
Kuthiravalli Venpongal / Barnyard Millet Vepongal
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  • Serves5 Person(s)
  • CategoryVeg
  • Cuisine TypeBreakfast, Homestyle Cooking, Indian, South Indian
  • Good for breakfast
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About this Recipe

Venpongal is one of the authentic and traditional breakfast among Tamilians. We prepare this during functions or for guests as breakfast. After a small break again a millet recipe – Kuthiravalli Pongal / Barnyard Millet Pongal. We had this in yercaud and felt very tasty, filling and yummy even my kids loved it to the core. So I thought of preparing it in my kitchen, the pongal came out well with delicious taste and excellent aroma. I have accompanied it with Sambar and Chutney. Also I have shared Venn Pongal with Raw rice and FoxTail Millet/Thinai . Goes out well for breakfast.

Ingredients & Quantity
  • Barnyard millet / Kuthiravalli – 1 cup
  • Moong dal / Green gram dal / Paasi paruppu – ½ cup
  • Ginger – 1 “inch stick
  • Black peppercorns – 1 ½ tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 2 tsp
  • Black pepper powder – ½ tsp
  • Clarified butter/Ghee – 1 tbsp
  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
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How to cook?
  1. Clean and wash the millet and green gram dal separately in separate bowls. Drain the water and keep it aside.
  2. Peel and finely chop or grate the ginger into pieces.
  3. Crush a tsp of cumin seeds and peppercorns.
  4. Heat clarified butter/ghee and oil in a pressure cooker.
  5. Add in ½ tsp of black peppercorns, a tsp of cumin seeds and curry leaves. Wait until they crackle.
  6. Add in the ginger, crushed peppercorns and cumin seeds, wait until the raw smell goes off.
  7. Add in the millet and greengram dal along with required amount of salt and cook until the raw smell goes off.
  8. Pour in 3 ½ cups of water and pressure-cook for 3 whistles.
  9. Remove the lid, once the pressure subsides.
  10. Serve hot with Sambar, Chutney and Medhu Vada/ Blackgram Vada and top it with a tsp of clarified butter/ghee before serving.
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