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Saamai rice ven pongal

Muthulakshmi Madhavakrishnan
10 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
2 People
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ABOUT Saamai rice ven pongal RECIPE

Start your weekend breakfast with this tasty and healthy saamai pongal. Millets pongal is the best way to include millets in your diet. Take a break from your regular raw rice pongal and try this healthy pongal for a change.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Tiffin Recipes
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Main Dish
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 2

  1. 3/4 cup Saamai rice ( Little finger millet )
  2. 1/4 cup Moong dal
  3. 1 tsp jeera
  4. 1 tsp pepper
  5. 1 tsp Ginger, finely chopped
  6. 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  7. 1 tsp asafoetida water ( small piece of compounded asafoetodia soaked in water)
  8. 1 tbsp butter
  9. 1 tbsp ghee
  10. 7 cashew nuts broken
  11. few curry leaves
  12. salt


  1. Heat a pan and dry roast the moong dal till it become aromatic. Then wash the dal and soak with 1/4 cup of water for 10 minutes.
  2. Wash the saamai rice gently and drain the water completely.
  3. Take a pressure cooker and add 1.5 cups of water, turmeric powder, jeera, pepper, drained saamai rice, soaked dal ( along with the water), required salt and 1tbsp butter. Mix everything well and close the lid. Pressure cook for 3 to 5 whistles in low flame. Allow it to cool naturally.
  4. Heat ghee in a pan and fry the cashew nuts, curry leaves and chopped ginger.
  5. When they turn golden brown add the cooked rice and asafoetida water.
  6. Keep on low flame and stir it continuously for 3 minutes and transfer it to the serving bowl. Serve with coconut chutney and sambar.

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Andrea Srivastava
Andrea Srivastava   Dec-12-2016

Beautiful dish dear!

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