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Thinai Kara Pongal

one pot foxtail millet
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Breakfast, Main Dish, Traditional
Cuisine Baby toddler food, diabetic friendly, gluten free, Indian, Karnataka, Kids choice, One pot, Pressure cooker, South indian, Summer, tamilnadu, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people


Main ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Foxtail millet hulled
  • 1/2 cup Green gram dal skinned
  • 5 cups drinking water

For tempering

  • 2 tbsp ghee / clarified butter ( use coconut oil for a vegan version)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 3-4 tbsp cashew nuts
  • salt to taste


  • Set the pressure cooker to heat gently.
  • Add the green gram dal and roast gently till it acquires a beautiful aroma.
  • Add in the fox tail millet stir and add the water
  • Close the pressure cooker and cook for 3-4 whistles
  • Meanwhile in a small pan, add the ghee , cumin, crushed black pepper, curry leaves and cashew nuts and roast till the cashew nuts turn golden.
  • Add in the asafoetida. Remove from heat.
  • once the pressure is released, open and add the tempering and steam. Mix well, check salt.
  • Serve with sambhar or chutney


Change the millets to kodo millet, little millet or barnyard millet depending on the availability with the same recipe.
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