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 :
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.