Varagu Arisi Pongal (Kodo Millet Pongal)

Varagarisi Pongal 1

Varagarisi/Varagu arisi Pongal is a tasty and healthy dish. It is very easy to prepare just like the usual pongal. About the taste I should say, it just melted in mouth. I was not able to control myself without eating it till I complete the clicking. It is quite similar to the regular raw rice pongal in the preparation and taste as well. You can prepare the other millet pongal in the same way.

I learnt the pongal recipe from my sister who is a great cook who does it with perfection. She makes it in a jiffy just like any other dishes she do. Thank you Sathie and I’m one among the fan out there for her pongal 🙂 I adopted the same method for this millet pongal. Here is the recipe for Varagu arisi / Kodo millet pongal.

Varagu Arisi Pongal (Kodo Millet Pongal)

  • Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
  • Recipe Category: Breakfast / Millet
  • Preparation Time:5 mins
  • Cooking time:20 mins
  • Serves: 2 to 3


                ITEM                 QUANTITY
Kodo Millet / Varagu arisi ¾ cup
Moong dal / Pasiparuppu ¼ cup
Water 3 cup ( Adjust as needed )
Milk ½ cup
Salt As needed
Ghee 1 tsp

For Seasoning

                ITEM                 QUANTITY
Ghee 2 tbsp
Ginger 1 inch finely chopped
Green chilli 2 small finely chopped
Curry leaves 1 sprig
Cumin seeds ½ tsp
Whole Pepper ½ tsp
Cashew nut 8 to 10 broken


1. In a pressure cooker add washed moong dal and millet. Add enough water and salt.

Varagarisi Pongal a

2. Pressure cook it for 4 to 5 whistles in medium high flame. Once the pressure releases add milk and give it a mix. Let it sit for 5 mins in low flame.

Varagarisi Pongal b

3. Season it with items mentioned in ‘To temper ‘and mix well. Switch off the flame once you get the desired consistency.

Varagarisi Pongal c

Serve hot with Sambar or Coconut chutney or both 🙂

Varagarisi Pongal 2


* Moong dal can be ghee roasted before pressure cooking.

*Kodo millet/Varagu arisi can be soaked for 10 to 15 mins before cooking.

*Once the pressure releases check for the consistency and adjust water. You can leave it for one or two more whistles in medium flame if required.

*The consistency of the pongal becomes tight by time so switch off the flame accordingly.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Mom says:

    Superpa.. Idhulaye sweet pongal recipeum podu…


    1. Thank you Mom 🙂 Sure


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