Barley Venpongal

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Sunday, January 05, 2014

Kuttu's school started today, what a relief to both of us!!! With him at home, 
my whole routine was upside down. Coz, i normally get up early to pack his lunch and complete whole cooking by 7:30/8:00 am maximum and do rest of the work later. These 15 days, my routine was totally messed up!!!!  
So, his first day of school in 2014, i asked him what he wants for breakfast, he immediately told Pongal!!!! Though i expected dosa, since i had batter ready in the fridge. But then pongal isn't that tough to make in the morning!!!
Since these days, i m experimenting with non-rice breakfast for the whole family, i made this barley pongal today. It tasted pretty much like regular pongal. Kuttu and his daddo didn't even realize the difference.  
With a big bowl of sambhar this pongal makes a wonderful breakfast option, that keeps you full for a longer time and also delivering the wholesome goodness of wholegrains!!!

1/2 cup barley
1/2 cup dhuli moong/split green gram dal or dehusked green gram/Moong dal
1 green chili
1/2 tsp coarsely crushed black peppercorn
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1 tsp of shredded ginger
Salt to taste

2 tbsp ghee
1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
1/8 tsp hing / asafoetida
2 sprigs curry leaves
2 tbsp broken cashew nuts

  • Wash moong and barley once and soak in a cup of water for 10 minutes. 
  • In a pressure cooker take barley and moong along with water and milk.  Add pepper,  green chili, turmeric and salt. Mix well and pressure cook for 5-6 whistles.  
  • When the pressure releases, heat a kadai with ghee given under "Tempering".
  • Add cumin , curry leaves and hing. Add cashew nuts, when it turns brown, add the cooked pongal to this mix well.  
  • Garnish with freshly grated ginger. Serve hot with Sambhar and Chutney.
Sending this to Kids Delight -Cooking with whole grains, happening @ Sandhya's sace, an event by +Srivalli Jetti 

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  1. wow what a healthy way to start our day .....gr8 idea

  2. love to try .. since hubby is a pongalholic.

  3. Live your version of pongal with barley. Sounds healthy and nutritious.

  4. Oh never thought of a pongal with barley, sounds good and even so that your lil one took this!

  5. Never tried pongal with barley!! Sound new and interesting..

  6. Barley pongal looks so delicious and healthy too...

  7. Healthy one. That's cute that your little one loves pongal .
    I know what you mean by kids messing up your schedule on vacation days though I love holidays more owing to the cold weather we have here. This week we had around - 25 deg C and I wanted more sleep time. :)

    1. aww -25 that is tooo low!!! we shiver for the 15 here. !!! stay warm!!! ;)


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