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Millet pongal

Millet pongal, with samai / little millet with step by step pictures. Healthier way by swapping rice. You will never know it's not rice.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2


  • ½ cup Samai / Little millet - ½ cup
  • 2 tablespoon Moong dal / Payatham paruppu - 2 tblsp
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger crushed/ chopped
  • teaspoon Turmeric
  • Ghee - As needed

To temper

  • 2 teaspoon Ghee
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper Black whole pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 Green chilli
  • 1 Sprig Curry leaves
  • teaspoon Asafoetida/ Hing


  • Heat a small pressure cooker with ghee.
  • First pop pepper, add cumin seeds the other ingredients together (green chilli slit) and give a stir.
  • Add ginger, moong dal and fry for a minute. Wash samai, add it into the cooker. Mix well.
  • Add 2 cups water, salt and mix well.
  • Bring to boil and close the cooker, give 4 whistles in medium flame.
  • Once done, let the pressure release by itself. Open and mash well.


For ½ cup samai, 2 cups water is perfect, so do not hesitate to add. If its too dry, mix ⅛ cup hot water and mix.