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Porso Millet Venn Pongal| Porso Millet Pongal

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Venn Pongal a popular savoury dish served in Tamil Nadu and the other South Indian states as a special breakfast dish.

 Venn Pongal is generally made from Moong Dal or Split Green Gram and served with Sambhar and Coconut Chutney.


This Venn Pongal is made from Moong Dal and Porso Millet.

Porso Millet Venn Pongal


14th January when the rest of India celebrates Makar Sankranti or Harvest Festival, in  Tamil Nadu too celebrates the harvest festival, they call it Thai Pongal.

The happy farmers thank the Sun God and Lord Indra for helping farmers in getting better-yielding crops.  On this day the Tamilians make Sakkarai Pongal. Pongal means to “boil over” or “spillover”  the rice and dal are made to spill over from the clay pot, a sign of abundance!

Pongal originated in Tamil Nadu and the types of Pongal made are

  • Sakkarai Pongal also Sweet Pongal is made for Pongal Festival in Tamil Nadu and is generally prepared in temples as a prasadam or an offering made to a deity.
  • Venn Pongal or Khara Pongal is a popular savoury dish and is called Venn in Tamil means White.
  • Melagu Pongal the Spicy Pongal is made with pepper or melagu, rice and moong daal.
  • Puli Pongal is one Pongal that is made from tamarind and cooked rice.  Puli Pongal is not associated with any festival but is popularly eaten for dinner.

Those of you who have been reading about my journey in the world of cooking you will realise that I have started following a healthier diet. I have started using more of millets and quinoa, lentils, less of sugar and more of unrefined sugars. Accepting that it is us who need the Simple and Healthy Diet in Old Age, age is number but still, a healthy diet helps all ages.

Porso Millet Venn Pongal is made in clarified Ghee from Millets and Moong Dal

Porso Millet Pongal


This month in for Recipe Swap Challenge I have been paired with Preethi Prasad who blogs at Preethi Cuisine. Preethi she is from a Tamil Iyer family but she has travelled extensively in the North. She was however keen that I feature a Tamil Recipe so what better in than Sakkarai  Pongal. But then I did not want to move away from the diet we need to follow so I asked Preethi for the link for Venn Pongal. I have bookmarked some of her recipes to try but let me not bore you with my time management issues and give you the links to just check her site out.



When I started making it I realised that I did not have quinoa so the substitution queen that I am I used porso millets to make it.

an image of porso millet

porso millet

Porso Millet looks like this

Sometime back I have posted a table about the different millets. I am posting it here yet again and add this Porso millet to it.

Foxtail MilletKangni,NavaneKang,
Finger MilletNachani, Mundua, Mandika, MarwahRagiNagli,Nachni
Pearl MilletBajraSajjeBajriBajri
Little MilletKutki,Saame,Sava,Vari
Kodo MilletKoden,HarkaKodra
Barnyard MilletJhangora,Oodalu
Porso MilletChena, BarriBaraguvari

In the meanwhile do have a look at the recipe.

Porso Millet Venn Pongal Served garnished with cashew nuts

Porso Millet Venn Pongal

Our Breakfast of Venn Pongal is tempered with mustard, pepper, curry leaves in clarified butter
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Porso Millet Ven Pongal| Porso Millet Pongal

Venn Pongal a popular savoury dish served in South Indian states as a special breakfast dish.  Made from Moong Dal and Porso millets in this case.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine: South Indian
Keyword: Millet, Porso Millet Pongal, Porso Millet Ven Pongal, Protein-Rich Food, Simple and healthy diet in old age, Venn Pongal
Servings: 3 people
Author: Archana


  • 1 cup porso millet
  • 1 cup moong dal
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds / jeera
  • pinch of hing / asafoetida
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 tsp pepper coarsely crushed
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 12 cashews


  • Dry roast moong dal till you can smell the roasted dal.
  • Wash and rinse the porso millet till the water runs clean.
  • Wash the dal too then cook the dal and porso millet in 3.5 cups water.
  • Add salt and Pressure Cooker for 3 whistles. Let the pressure drop naturally.
  • Once you remove the cooked mixture from the cooker mash it lightly. Set aside.
  • In a kadhai/wok heat the ghee, fry cashews till golden. Add cumin and the coarsely crushed pepper.
  • Let them splutter add hing and the spring of curry leaf.
  • Add the millets and dal mixture simmers for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Switch off the stove.
  • Serve with chutney or sambar.
Breakfast with Venn Pongal

Porso Millet Venn Pongal

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14 thoughts

  • April 15, 2019 at 8:36 am

    I love Venn Pongal! Interesting that you have chosen to make it with proso millet instead of the regularly used rice. It looks perfectly made, tasty and inviting!

    • ArchanaPotdar
      April 19, 2019 at 4:34 pm


  • April 27, 2019 at 5:27 am

    Love your detailed explanation about the millets. I have started using them quite a bit and this seems like a great recipe to make in regular basis.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      May 1, 2019 at 3:38 pm

      Do try Sandhya.

  • April 28, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Venn Pongal looks super yummy. A healthy and tasty recipe. Never tried this, but beautifully explained recipe…will try for sure!!

    • ArchanaPotdar
      May 1, 2019 at 3:38 pm

      Thanks, Jolly.

  • April 28, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Love the healthy version here…….. Use of millet is an awesome idea

    • ArchanaPotdar
      May 1, 2019 at 3:37 pm


  • April 29, 2019 at 4:58 am

    Though I never had this dish, I liked how you have replaced rice with millet. Loved this easy and simple recipe!!

    • ArchanaPotdar
      May 1, 2019 at 3:37 pm

      Thanks, Swati.

  • May 1, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Thank you Archana for trying this recipe from my blog. I hope you liked it. Venn pongal is an all time favorite at my place.Love the way you have used millets to make this delicious and healthy preparation.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      May 1, 2019 at 3:33 pm

      Thanks, Preethi. We really enjoyed this pongal. It was a pleasure being paired with you.

  • May 1, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks for the detailed chart on millet. Porso millet pongal sounds super healthy and delicious. Lovely share.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      May 2, 2019 at 5:05 am

      Thanks, Sujata.

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