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Healthy Thinai Pongal | Millets Pongal | High Fibre Diabetic Diet

Thinai Pongal  or Millets Pongal is one of the healthy breakfast recipes which has high nutritious value. Raw rice and moong dal are mixed in a measured proportion for this ven pongal and the seasonings are added along with ghee. It tastes yummy and is served with chutney and sambhar.

Click to view Traditional Chutney Recipes 

Health Benefits of Thinai Arisi / Foxtail Millet

  • Regular consumption helps to control Blood sugar levels.
  • Helps to lower LDL cholesterol and increases HDL Cholestrol.
  • Rich in Fibre.
  • Has got low glcemic index
  • Natural source of iron and protein
  • Rich in niacin, B6 and folic acid, as well as the minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc. 
  • Free of gluten.

Ingredients for making Millets pongal

Foxtail millet / Thinai arisi - 3/4cup

Split moong dhal -1/4 cup

Asafoetida - 1/4tsp

Salt as required.

Cashew - 6

Pepper - 1tsp.

Cumin seeds - 2 tsp.

Finely chopped Ginger - 1 tbsp.

Curry leaves - few

Ghee as required.

Oil as required

Method for making Thinai pongal

 1. Wash and soak the thinai and moong dhal in water for 15 minutes.

2. Cook this in a pressure cooker by adding 4 cups of water along with asafoetida, salt and little oil.

3. Close this with a lid and cook in a medium flame for 3 to 4 whistles.

4. Heat oil and ghee in a tadka pan and roast the cashews then add the pepper and cumin seeds and finally the curry leaves.

5. Add this seasonings to the Thinai pongal and mix well.

Now healthy Thinai Pongal is ready to be served with Brinjal Gotsu.

Click here to view Thanjavur Kalyana Gotsu. In this recipe you can replace the veggies for brinjal to make Kathirikkai Gotsu. You can also serve the Millets pongal with Pachai Sundakkai Dal Gotsu.

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