Varagu arisi or Kodo millet is a gluten free grain. It is nutrition rich and high in fiber. Millets when compared to rice reduces the blood sugar level and cholesterol thus preventing cardio vascular diseases.

If I wish to quickly add in some moong dal to the day’s diet, Varagu arisi Pongal is a quick and healthy breakfast recipe. This recipe is enjoyed by all age groups and provides a protein packed meal. Adding milk to the Pongal makes it rich and yummy.

Varagu arisi – 3/4 cup
Moong dal – 1/4 cup
Milk – 60ml

To temper
Ghee – 2 tsp
Curry leaves – 1 string
Cashew nuts – 7 (broken to small pieces)
Whole pepper – 10
Jeera – 1/2 tsp
Ginger – 1/2 inch
Green Chilli- 1

Wash and cook the varagu arisi and moong dal with required quantity of water say 1:3 ratio. I used the electric rice cooker as the millets are not easy to cook in the pressure cooker. Once the rice is cooked, add milk and allow it to cook for another 3 mins. Now add salt and mix well.

Heat ghee in a pan fry the cashews until they are golden brown mix them with the Pongal. Now add some ghee, add in the jeera, pepper, curry leaves and saute for a min and then add in the ginger and green Chilli. Add this to the pongal and mix well. Add some more ghee if required.

The varagu arisi  Pongal is best served with coconut chutney or sambar.