Breakfast, Millets, One Pot Meals, Pongal

Thinai Khara Pongal | Foxtail Millet Pongal or Savoury porridge | How to make Thinai Ven Pongal

After Oats chakkarai pongal, it was another successful experiment for pongal this year with Thinai
ven pongal or Thinai Khara Pongal. Millets are known to reduce the glycemic index as well provide a
hearty meal. So pongal festival this year was about two healthy experiments that the family
liked. I made this for Mattu Pongal (3rd day of Pongal) where cows and all farm are worshipped. The cattle are washed, horns painted and Jallikattu – a popular cattle race is seen in villages to this day. 

Thinai Khara pongal (or foxtail millet savoury
porridge) for pongal festival. Can be had for breakfast or evening tiffin / supper too. 


Cuisine : South Indian, type – breakfast

can be made vegan if desired, Gluten Free

spice level : medium

Serving suggestions : Avial, Coconut chutney, sambhar

Prep time – 15 mins , cook time – 15 mins ,
serves – 4


  • Foxtail millet – 200 gms
  • Moong dal – 50 Gms
  • Ghee – 2 tbsp *
  • Milk – 3/4 cup *( *Omit milk and ghee for a vegan version or use vegan substitutes)
  • Salt to taste
  • Tempering : cumin seeds, curry leaves,
    asafoetida, black pepper, grated ginger
  • Cashews – optional – 1 tsp



  1. Wash and soak thinai for 20 mins. In the
    meanwhile dry roast moong dal till aroma comes but it doesn’t burn.
  2. Mix both and add 4 cups water and 3/4 cup milk.
    Pressure cook for 3 whistles. Let the pressure cool on its own. Mix once done,
    add salt as required
  3. Heat ghee in a pan, roast cashew nuts and
    transfer to a plate. In the remaining ghee, splutter cumin seeds, asafoetida,
    ginger, pepper seeds, curry leaves. Pour this tempering on the cooked
    thinai-Dal mixture. Check for salt and spices. Serve hot with coconut chutney or
    sambhar or Avial

Sending this to BM#48 under Tiffins. 



  1. vaishali sabnani

    A wonderful healthy experiment with pongal.

  2. A very healthy pongal

  3. cookingwithsapana

    Very interesting pongal recipe. Would love to try it.

  4. Healthy recipe Kalyani. I too have started using millets and the dishes always turns out great !

  5. Very good one Kalyani, so healthy!

  6. Sneha's Recipe

    A healthy pongal , never made foxtail millet pongal.

  7. Nalini's Kitchen

    Such a healthy and delicious looking pongal…

  8. Healthy pongal

  9. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Millet pongal, anytime of the day!!! Looks delicious, though they say thinai is mostly used for sweet dishes, it doesn't taste bad with savory ones!!!

  10. Priya Suresh

    Wat a fabulous healthy twist, ultimate pongal.

  11. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    Such a healthy pongal with the earthy whole grain!

  12. Such a healthy dish. Looks so nice.

  13. Healthy pongal using millets. Looks delicious.

  14. Suma Gandlur

    Healthy version of pongal.

  15. Healthy twist to rice pongal. Nice one! Jayanthi(

  16. Chef Mireille

    healthy and flavorful

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