Thinai Sarkarai Pongal/திணை சர்க்கரை பாெங்கல்/Foxtail Millet Sweet Pongal

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Thursday, July 24, 2014

Come Tamil Month Aadi(july-august), the festival season begins, starting with Varlakshmi nombhu it goes on till Kaarthikai in the month of November-December.  So, naturally this month BM theme includes Festival Dishes. Today i m bringing you a recipe that suits as offering for any of these coming festivals. 
Sarkarai Pongal/Sweetened Rice & Lentil a traditional sweet dish, is twisted today to make it healthy. The same procedure/recipe, but with foxtail millet. None will be able to find the difference, unless you tell them. 
The following recipe will make 4 Cups(Dhonnai's) of Sarkarai Pongal. We devoured one cup and rest we distributed in our colony to all of Amma's Friends. They too enjoyed the taste.

1 Cup Thinai/திணை/Foxtail Millet
1/2 Cup Moong dal
1.5 Cups Jaggery
2-3 tbsp chopped nuts (i used almonds & cashewnuts)
2 Cups of Milk  + 1 cup extra
2 Cups of water


  • Take Foxtail millet/திணை along with moong dal in a kadai and dry roast it until it turns golden.
  • Take the roasted millet-dal mixture in a pressure cooker and add 2 cup milk and 3 cups water. Pressure cook for 3 whistles or until it is  cooked.
  • Let the pressure release on its own. Open the cooker and add the grated jaggery and 1 cup of milk. Mix well and cook in  a simmer flame for it mix well.  
  • Add ghee and keep stirring. When the liquid is almost absorbed, take it off the stove, add roasted nuts to it and mix well. Serve warm.

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  1. yummy pongall and healthy version too

  2. The picture looks amazing Priya..

  3. This is my favourite sweet pongal since i tried with foxtail millets..

  4. Not a pongal person but the dish looks nice with all the garnishes. Millets sure make it healthy.

  5. Extremely healthy and tasty dish.

  6. Looks delicious and lovely pictures. Want to grab it off the monitor.

  7. A very good substitute for rice, Priya. Love it!


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