Make Kodo Millet Pongal in Instapot | Varagu/Arikelu/Harka Pongal
Recipe by Chiramas cooking
Millet Pongal is a Nutritious, Simple and Savory one pot recipe served as a breakfast or dinner. Millets are gluten-free, easy to digest and have high fiber content which makes it a great substitute for Rice and wheat.
- Kodo Millet (Varagu/Arikelu/Harka) - 1 cup
- Moong dal (Yellow Split Mung Lentils) - 1/2 cup
- Ghee - 2 tbsp
- Cashew nuts - 10-12 Nos
- Cumin Seeds/Jeera - 1 tbsp
- Whole Black Pepper - 1 tbsp
- Asafoetida - 1/2 tbsp
- Ginger - 1 tbsp finely Chopped
- Curry leaves - a sprig
- Salt - 1 tbsp
- Soak millet overnight or to a minimum of 30 minutes.
- Soak Moong dal for 15 minutes before cooking.
- Turn on the Instant Pot and Set Saute in Normal Pressure mode.
- Heat 2 tbsp of ghee and fry the cashews for a minute.
- Add Cumin Seeds, Whole Black Pepper, Asafoetida, Ginger, Curry leaves
- and Saute them.
- Add the kodo millet, moong dal and fry everything in ghee for two minutes.
- Add Salt to taste, 6 cups of water and mix it.
- Close the Instant Pot lid and set the pressure valve to Sealing.
- Cancel the Saute Mode and turn on Pressure Cook mode(Manual mode in some models) for 4 minutes.
- After Natural Press Release(NPR), Open the lid and Mix well.
- Serve it hot with Chutney or Sambar.
Are there other substitutes for rice in pongal?
Can oil replace ghee?
Frying the millets and dal in ghee gives a nice aroma and taste but yes, ghee can be replaced by oil.
- The same recipe can be used to cook the millet in a stovetop pressure cooker
- Add water to adjust the consistency if the pongal is thickened
Chiramas Cooking is a collection of mouth watering recipes. They have purchased and used Millets, Palm Candy and Oils from our online store a few months back and used them regularly in their recipes. Follow Chiramas on Youtube and find more recipes of this kind.