I am in the phase of trying varieties of millet recipes now.I have tried thinai idli,mixedmillet sathu maavu,millet ladooso far & shared the same here.Varagu,samai & kuthiravali recipes are in my try list for long time.To start with,i tried this samai sweet pongal recipe.Today being Navratri friday,i made this samai sakkarai pongal for my vilakku pooja.It tasted yummy.U can follow the same recipe & prepare varagu arisi pongal too.Soon i will share ven pongal recipe using varagu & samai here.To check out the health benefits of millet,their availability in Bangalore and for more informations with pictures,please click this link.
Samai sakkarai pongal recipe
Sweet pongal recipe using little millet
Prep time:5 Minutes
Cook time:15 Minutes
Total time:20 Minutes
Little millet/Samai - 1/2 cup
Yellow moong dal - 2 tbsp
Grated jaggery – 3/4 cup
Ghee - 2-3 tbsp
Water - 2.5 cups
Cardamom - 2 nos
Cloves - 2 nos
Edible camphor - a pinch
Wash the samai,drain n set aside.Heat n melt jaggery adding little water to cover it.After the jaggery is melted,strain the syrup and take it in a bowl.
In a pressure cooker base,heat a tsp of ghee and roast the moong dal for a minute till u get a nice smell.Add 2.5 cups of water and the washed samai to it.Add a pinch of salt and pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.After the steam is released,open the cooker and add the jaggery syrup.Mix well and let it boil for a minute in low flame.Add 2 tsp of ghee at this stage to avoid burnt bottom.When the pongal starts to leave the sides of cooker,switch off the flame.In another pan,heat the remaining ghee and roast the nuts,cloves and add to pongal.
Add a pinch of edible camphor and mix well ,serve !
U can replace samai with varagu too.But adjust water accordingly.
No need to roast samai.U can also do it along with moong dal if necessary.
Make this healthy samai sweet pongal and offer God !