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Foxtail Millet Pongal

Foxtail Millet or Thinai Pongal, also known as Navane Pongal in Kannada, is an easy and healthy South Indian recipe made with millets & yellow moong lentils tempered in ghee with a few spices in an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker or stovetop.


  • 1 cup foxtail millet
  • 1/4 cup split yellow moong dal (lentils)
  • 1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, crushed
  • 1 inch ginger, finely grated
  • A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 10-12 cashews, halved
  • 2 tablespoons ghee for tempering
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • A few curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Water
  • Cashews and black pepper for garnish (optional)


  1. Rinse and Soak:
    • Rinse the foxtail millet and moong dal together under running water. Soak them in water for about 30 minutes.
  2. Cook Foxtail Millet and Dal:
    • In a pressure cooker, add the soaked foxtail millet and moong dal along with 4 cups of water. Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles or until they are soft and well-cooked.
  3. Prepare Pongal Base:
    • Heat 1 tablespoon of ghee in a pan. Add cumin seeds, crushed black pepper, grated ginger, asafoetida, and halved cashews. Sauté until the cashews turn golden brown.
  4. Combine Pongal Base with Millet and Dal:
    • Once the foxtail millet and dal are cooked, add the prepared pongal base to it. Mix well and add salt according to taste.
  5. Prepare Tempering:
    • In a separate small pan, heat 2 tablespoons of ghee. Add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add cumin seeds and curry leaves. Pour this tempering over the pongal mixture and mix well.
  6. Garnish and Serve:
    • Garnish the foxtail millet pongal with chopped coriander leaves. Optionally, you can garnish with roasted cashews and a sprinkle of black pepper.
  7. Serve Hot:
    • Serve the foxtail millet pongal hot with sambar or coconut chutney.

Enjoy your nutritious and wholesome Foxtail Millet Pongal! It’s a great way to incorporate millets into your regular meals.

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