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Thinai Pongal Recipe | Foxtail Millet Pongal Recipe| Kangni Pongal Recipe

Thinai pongal is a pongal made using Thinai (Foxtail Millet) instead of conventional rice. Millets comes with its own health benefits and hence its recommended to add millet as part of our regular diet. Thinai Pongal is very tasty and simple dish which gives the dual benefit of health and taste.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian, Tamil Nadu
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 286kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam


  • 3/4 cup Foxtail millet Thinai (1 cup - 250 ml)
  • 1/4 cup Moong Dal
  • 1 tsp Whole black pepper
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Salt Adjust to your taste
  • 5 Cashew Nuts
  • 1 fistful Curry Leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida (Asafetida / Hing)
  • 1 tsp Ginger Grated
  • 2 tbsp Ghee (Clarified butter)


  • Heat a pan, add moong dal and fry it till it becomes golden brown color. Take the roasted moong dal and thinai in a vessel. 
  • Rinse the thinai and moongdal in water and add 3.5 cups of water to the vessel. Add grated ginger, salt to the vessel and pressure cook it allow it for 5-6 whistles. Allow the pressure to release on its own and then mash the cooked thinai and dal
  • Heat ghee in a pan, add cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds starts to sputter, add whole black pepper and fry for some time. Add hing, cashews and curry leaves and fry till the cashews turn into golden brown color. 
  • Add the mashed thinai and dal to the seasoned ingredients and mix well
  • The yummy and healthy Thinai Pongal is now ready to serve!


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 53mg