Millet Pongal | Korra Biyyam Pongali | Millet Recipes

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Millet Pongal Recipe – sharing another millet recipe that is filling, healthy and protein rich. I have used hulled foxtail millet, called as Thinai in Tamil, Korralu in Telugu & Navane in Kannada. You can use any other millet like Kodo millet (Varagu), little millet (Sama) or barnyard millet to make this Pongal much the same way I made this.

millet pongal recipe

To make the millet pongal, i followed my venn pongal recipe. millet pongal makes an appealing and complete meal with a good chutney and a papad. While the pongal cooks, the chutney can be made. A vegetable chutney would be a nice choice.

This recipe can also be used to make millet pongal for kids. Use equal amount of white rice and millets. Adjust the seasoning ingredients like cumin,pepper corn, curry leaves.

Cooking millets with white rice is very common in our parts of karnataka. Reasons:
Eating large amount of millets may not be good for digestion and for over all health,
Some don’t like to eat millets as such, so they like to add up small amount of millets in the rice.
Some say foxtail millets are heat to the body so they mix to neutralize the effect.
Since millets are expensive when compared to rice, some like to mix them with rice.

If you are using millets regularly, using them together with rice could be a good idea.

For more millet recipes, check
Lemon millet recipe
Millet khichdi
Millet sweet pongal
Millet pulao

How to Make Millet Pongal

1. Wash and soak millets with dal for about 2 hours.If using rice, you can include too.

foxtail millet pongal

2. Add 1 1/2 cups water to the pressure cooker and cook for one whistle. You can cook in a pot too. If using rice use 1/2 cup more water. If cooking for a diabetic, just cook till the millets are done al dente and not mushy.

korra biyyam pongal step 1

3. Add warm water and salt as needed, heat a pan with ghee and temper the cooked pongal.

Serve hot with any chutney or pongal.

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Millet Pongal

Pongal a south Indian lentil based dish made using millets.
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Prep Time2 hours
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time2 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 1/4 cup moong dal / pesara pappu
  • 1/4 cup hulled millets (foxtail or any other millet)
  • 2 tbsp rice brown or white, (optional, if using use half cup more water)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 to 4 pepper corn
  • 3 to 4 cashews
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 green chili slit
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 3/4 tsp ginger grated
  • 1 pinch hing
  • 1 pinch turmeric
  • 2 tsp ghee or oil
  • salt as needed


  • Wash millets, moong dal, rice if using in lot of water till they run clear.
  • Soak them for about 2 hours
  • Pressure cook with 1 1/2 cups water for one whistle or cook it in a pot till the millets and brown rice are cooked al dente. If using rice use 1/2 cup more water
  • When the pressure goes off, add warm water to adjust the consistency. If desired mash it.
  • Heat a small pan with ghee or oil, Fry cashews if using and set aside. Add ginger, green chili and fry till you get a nice aroma.
  • Add cumin, pepper corn and curry leaves, fry till the curry leaves turn crisp, add hing.
  • Pour the cooked pongal to the seasoning and mix. Garnish with cashews.
  • Serve hot with any chutney

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Millet Pongal
Amount Per Serving
Calories 295 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 88mg4%
Potassium 277mg8%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 23.8mg29%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
Very nice and easy recipes

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You are just brilliant Swasthi.
I am so happy to find this Pongal recipe using millets.
You are not only a blogger, but a recipe creator as well. Hats off to your creativity
and your painstaking research on such a useful subject for all . It is amazing that
you are pursuing this great effort for over 2 decades!!!!!. May God bless you and
your family. Your parents deserve to be congratulated too for having blessed
all of us with such a helpful creative food blogger and recipe developer.

5 stars
Really it’s very yummy…I like all your recipes.

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Namaste swasthi,Thanks for very gud recipes sharing & all over ur aim to start this blog is many times per week can i feed for my 6 & 8yr old kids.

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Very useful and informative and practical. Thanks.

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Hi Swasthi. May I know what is hulled millet in Tamil and jowar In English. Would like to try these recipes. And is it recommended for 14 months toddler. Thank you in advance.

Thank you Swasthi. Have a good day ahead. ?

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Hi swasthi how r u ? How many times this can feed to my 17 months old baby in a week and pls suggest me the quantity also. Can i give different types of kichidies in a week for lunch ?, like one day with rice, 2nd day with wheet rava, 3rd jowar rava, 4th bajra like dat , i want to habituate all these to her to reduce eating rice only plz suggest me

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Hi , thanks a lot for healthy recipe.i liked it. Please post Raagi recipes.

4 stars
Too good …

Hi swathi
Can I use this Pongal to my 11 month baby?

hai swathi,

I like your blog,