Thinai Ven Pongal Recipe | Foxtail Millet Savory Pongal – Vegan and Gluten Free Recipe

Thinai Ven Pongal Recipe | Foxtail Millet Savory Pongal - Vegan and Gluten Free Recipe

Ven Pongal and Gothsu are one of my favorite comfort meals! It is sort of a regular at our house and lucky for me that my boys love it as well. It is one of the easiest one pot meals and since my them for this week is One pot Meal, I thought I will try a different version of Ven pongal using millet. Thinai Ven Pongal Recipe | Foxtail Millet Savory Pongal, is absolutely a similar recipe like Ven Pongal except it is made using millets instead of rice.

The first time I tried using Thinai / foxtail millet was, when making Thinai Sweet Paniyaram. It was absolutely loved by all in our house especially my paniyaram loving son. Millet is a wonderful sneaky ingredient that can be swapped for rice without much change in the flavor. The Ven pongal especially had no difference in flavor and we loved the smooth texture of the millet.


After the 2 rice recipes, Cabbage biriyani and Sambhar Sadham that I made for this week’s One Pot Meal theme, my third recipe is with millet. If you are someone who is hesitant to try millet, then I would highly suggest that you try this recipe.

Thinai Ven Pongal Recipe | Foxtail Millet Savory Pongal - Vegan and Gluten Free Recipe

Preparation time – 10 minutes
Cooking time – 15 minutes
Difficulty level – Easy

Ingredients to make Thinai Ven Pongal Recipe | Foxtail Milley Savory Pongal – Serves 4

  • Thinai / Foxtail Millet – 1 cup
  • Payatham paruppu / Moong Dal – 1/2 cup
  • Coconut oil – 2 TBSP
  • Peppercorn – 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece (finely grated)
  • Asafetida – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – to taste

Thinai Ven Pongal Recipe | Foxtail Millet Savory Pongal - Vegan and Gluten Free Recipe

Procedure to make Thinai Ven Pongal Recipe | Foxtail Milley Savory Pongal –

  • Leaving about 1/2 tsp of black pepper and cumin seeds aside, combine the rest and grind it into a smooth powder.
  • Fry the moong dal until lightly golden brown and aromatic, about 5 to 7 minutes in low-medium flame. Add the measured millet into the same pan and give a quick stir. Turn off the heat.

Thinai Ven Pongal Recipe | Foxtail Millet Savory Pongal - Vegan and Gluten Free Recipe

  • Transfer this into the instant pot container or a container that goes inside the pressure cooker. I made mine in the Instant pot.
  • Rinse it well and add about 5 cups of water to the pot.
  • Set the IP on manual mode and set the cook time to 12 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally after done.
  • When the millet/moong dal mixture is done cooking, heat a small pan and add coconut oil to it. If you are not looking for a vegan version, then you can use ghee.

Thinai Ven Pongal Recipe | Foxtail Millet Savory Pongal - Vegan and Gluten Free Recipe

  • Add the reserved 1/2 tsp of pepper corn and cumin along with asafteida, salt, curry leaves, ginger and the powdered pepper/cumin mixture. Fry them well until aromatic (about 1 to 2 minutes).
  • Slightly mash the cooked millet/lentil mixture and add the fried seasonings. Mix well to combine and adjust the consistency. Add a splash of water if the Pongal appears too thick.

Thinai Ven Pongal Recipe | Foxtail Millet Savory Pongal - Vegan and Gluten Free Recipe

Thinai Ven Pongal Recipe | Foxtail Millet Savory Pongal - Vegan and Gluten Free Recipe

Thinai Ven Pongal Recipe | Foxtail Millet Savory Pongal - Vegan and Gluten Free Recipe
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Thinai Ven Pongal Recipe | Foxtail Millet Savory Pongal

Course Breakfast, Festival Recipes, Lunch Recipes, Main Course, One Pot Meal
Cuisine Indian, South Indian, Tamil Nadu
Keyword Foxtail Millet, Lunch Recipe, Millet Pongal, Millet Recipes, One Pot Meal, Ven Pongal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • Thinai / Foxtail Millet - 1 cup
  • Payatham paruppu / Moong Dal - 1/2 cup
  • Coconut oil - 2 TBSP
  • Peppercorn - 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece finely grated
  • Asafetida - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - to taste

Instructions

  1. Leaving about 1/2 tsp of black pepper and cumin seeds aside, combine the rest and grind it into a smooth powder.
  2. Fry the moong dal until lightly golden brown and aromatic, about 5 to 7 minutes in low-medium flame. Add the measured millet into the same pan and give a quick stir. Turn off the heat.
  3. Transfer this into the instant pot container or a container that goes inside the pressure cooker. I made mine in the Instant pot.
  4. Rinse it well and add about 5 cups of water to the pot.
  5. Set the IP on manual mode and set the cook time to 12 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally after done.
  6. When the millet/moong dal mixture is done cooking, heat a small pan and add coconut oil to it. If you are not looking for a vegan version, then you can use ghee.
  7. Add the reserved 1/2 tsp of pepper corn and cumin along with asafteida, salt, curry leaves, ginger and the powdered pepper/cumin mixture. Fry them well until aromatic (about 1 to 2 minutes).
  8. Slightly mash the cooked millet/lentil mixture and add the fried seasonings. Mix well to combine and adjust the consistency. Add a splash of water if the Pongal appears too thick.
  9. Check for salt and adjust if needed. Serve hot with chutney, Sambhar or Gothsu.

8 thoughts on “Thinai Ven Pongal Recipe | Foxtail Millet Savory Pongal – Vegan and Gluten Free Recipe

  1. Give me that delicious pongal, i can happily have it without any fuss. My kind of meal, even i love to make ven pongal often with millets than with rice. Inviting dish.

  2. I love thinai Ven Pongal & Oats Pongal more than the rice variety ! this is so creamy and a bowl of comfort food for me.. I love both Avial and gothsu in equal proportion as a side to any savoury pongal !

  3. Have been making lots of pulao style meals using millets but still have to try out a savory pongal. Yours looks so creamy and delicious. Bookmarking it. Is it ok if I add haldi to it?

  4. Millets are really easy to cook and easily substituted for rice with out any change in taste. Thinai pongal looks so tasty with gotsu. What a classical combo and a healthy treat..

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