12 January 2016

Varagu Pongal With Fresh Fruits

Varagu Fruits Pongal / Fresh Fruits Pongal

Wishing you all a Happy Pongal. There are many traditional pongal varieties, which I am sure you would have tried by now. I tried this pongal with varagu arisi / kodo millet and fresh fruits, it was delicious. Kodo millet has lots of nutrition and antioxidants. They are good for diabetic people. 

Varagu Pongal with Fresh Fruits / Kodo Millet Fruits Pongal


Varagu arisi - 1 cup

Moong dal - 1/4 cup

Milk - 1 cup

Water - 1 cup

Salt - 2 pinch

Sugar - as required

Raisins and cashew nuts

Ghee - 1 tsp

Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp

Fruits (of your choice) , I used :






varagu fruits pongal / kodo millet pongal

Preparation Method

1. Wash varagu arisi thoroughly 4 times and keep aside.

2. Wash moong dal and keep aside.

3. Boil milk and water.

4. In a cooker or cooker pan, dry roast moong dal till golden brown and a nice aroma comes.

5. Pour into it the boiling milk and water.

6. Add varagu arisi.

7. Add salt and pressure cook for 4 whistles.

8. When the pressure in the cooker subsides mix sugar, cardamom powder and fruits to the pongal.

9. In a pan heat ghee and fry cashew nuts and raisins and add as garnish.

10. Serve hot or warm.

  • Varagu arisi contains a lot of impurities, so make sure you wash it at least 4 times.
  • If you like the fruits crunchy then add them at the end.
  • If you want the apples a little tender then sauté for 2 minutes and add them to the pongal.
  • Do not sauté banana and orange.

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