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December 25, 2017

Millet Pongal Recipe Using Millet Ven Pongal Mix

Millet pongal
Recently I got a packet of Millet Ven Pongal Mix / Siruthaniya pongal mix & Millet Sambar rice mix from Native Food Store. I tried Pongal mix for my weekend breakfast as I got up late. Its so easy and quick to make.  Our breakfast got ready under 15 minutes. This millet pongal mix is a combination of roasted moong dal, varieties of millets, pepper corns, jeera, salt and cashews. I just followed the instructions given in the pack. All we need to do is to add the mentioned amount of water and cook this mix in a pressure cooker. We can also season it with curry leaves and hing in ghee at the end to make it more flavorful. It came out very soft, flavorful & tasty just like homemade ven pongal. Sendhil & Myself loved it very much. We enjoyed it with coconut chutney. Friends, Native food store products are available online and they deliver their products all over India. I would strongly recommend to buy this pongal mix from them. I am sure you will love its taste and buy it often. Working women and bachelors can buy this product to make a quick and healthy breakfast/ dinner. Ok, now lets see how to make Millet ven pongal using Native food store’s millet pongal mix.

Click this link to buy millet pongal mix.

Check out their varieties of millet products & rice mix, cold pressed oil in their website.

Also find my post on their Millet Noodles .

Millet pongal

Millet Pongal Using Pongal Mix

Millet Pongal Using Pongal Mix Millet Ven Pongal recipe using Pongal mix from Native food store.
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Millet Recipes
Serves: Serves 2-3
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
To season
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Curry Leaves - Few
  • Chopped Ginger – 1 tsp 
  • Hing - a pinch
  1. In a pressure cooker base, take the millet pongal mix.
  2. Add the mentioned amount of water given in the pack.
  3. Cook for 2 whistles in very low flame.
  4. Open the lid after steam is released. Mix well.
  5. Season curry leaves, ginger and hing in ghee. Add to pongal.
  6. Mix well and serve hot with coconut chutney !
  • Take 1 cup of pongal mix in a pressure cooker. Add 4 cups of water, mix well. Close the lid.

  • Pressure cook in very low flame for 2 whistles. Remove the lid after steam is released. Mix well. Its consistency would be just right. Heat ghee & temper ginger bits, curry leaves & hing. Add to pongal, mix well.
    Millet pongal
  • Serve hot immediately with coconut chutney. You can add a tsp of ghee while serving If you like. This pongal tastes very soft & flavorful !
    Millet pongal

    Enjoy !


Try this healthy, yummy, quick millet pongal with pongal mix. You will love it.
Siruthaniya pongal
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March 19, 2017

Millet Noodles Recipe – Vegetable Millet Noodles –Siruthaniyam Noodles

veg millet noodles recipe
Recently I got a mail from Native Food Store – An Online millet stores in Chennai, to try their millet products and share few recipes with them. I visited their website and found  wide range of millets and their products like Instant millet mix, millet flour, millet flakes, millet noodles and many more. Rates are also reasonable when compared to other online stores.I found millet noodles, millet flakes are interesting and new to me. So I decided to try it and asked them to send me the products. As I haven’t shared any millet recipe in my blog for long time, I wanted to take this as a chance to make varieties of millet recipes in my kitchen and share with you all. My contact at Native food store was very much responsive and sent me the products immediately.They sent me Samai/Little millet noodles, Kuthiravali/Barnyard millet noodles, Varagu/kodo millet noodles, thinai aval /foxtail millet flakes and Kambu aval/ Pearl millet flakes. I tried Samai veg noodles recipe for the first time in Indian style. They had also given their own tastemaker masala along with the noodles just like Maggi and other branded noodles. As its my first attempt, I just followed the recipe given in the packet, added all the colorful vegetables and made this millet noodles for our breakfast. It came out really well and I couldn’t find any difference in taste, color or flavor from our regular, plain noodles.We loved it to the core. I feel the tastemaker does the magic to the recipe. It can be prepared in less than 15 minutes. So bachelors and working women can make this healthy as well as quick recipe for their breakfast, lunch box or for dinner. I am sure its a very healthy choice for kids and adults as well. You can try varieties like hakka noodles, Schezwan noodles, vegetable Chinese style noodles and much more. I will try to make some interesting recipes with it and share here soon. I strongly recommend all my readers to try these products from their online stores. They deliver their products in Chennai, all over Tamil nadu, Karnataka and Andhra as of now.They told they will be expanding their service  all over India very soon.  Now lets see how to make Veg Millet Noodles recipe with step by step photos !

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November 6, 2016

Thinai Urundai–Foxtail Millet Honey Balls –Thenum Thinai Maavum

Thinai urundai
Thenum Thinai Maavum is one of the most popular neivedyam recipes offered to Lord Muruga in Tamil nadu.Yesterday I made Thinai maavu urundai ( Foxtail millet flour laddu in English)for the first time on account of Skanda shasti. You can offer this for Karthigai deepam festival too.  I should thank my neighbor for suggesting me to try this. Traditionally speaking, foxtail millet (Thinai arisi) is dehusked, roasted, ground to a fine powder and then mixed with honey. But nowadays we get readymade foxtail millet flour( Thinai maavu) in all the organic & popular departmental stores.As I had a pack of flour in hand, I made these balls/ urundai very quickly and easily.I referred Viji’s blog for the idea. For variations, thinai urundai can be made with jaggery instead of honey.It is called as thinai maavu laddu. Honey or jaggery, both make this dish more healthy when combined with Thinai flour.Do try this healthy Thinai urundai/ Foxtail millet balls with honey for a change. You will like it !
Check out my detailed post on Health benefits of millets and my millet recipes too !

Foxtail millet honey balls

Thinai urundai recipe

Thinai urundai recipe How to make Foxtail millet honey balls - Neivedyam recipe for Lord Muruga!
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 4 nos
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 10 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Thinai maavu/ Foxtail millet flour - 1/2 cup
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Cashews - few
  • Honey - 1.5 - 2 tbsp
  • Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp

  • In a kadai, melt ghee and roast the cashew pieces.When it starts to turn golden brown, add the measured 1/2 cup of thinai maavu/Foxtail millet flour and roast in medium flame for few minutes. Let it cool down completely. ( If you don't have foxtail millet flour, you can dry roast whole foxtail millet till aromatic. Powder , sieve and use it).

  • Do not add honey when the flour is hot.The balls will become chewy to taste. After the flour is completely cooled down, add honey to the roasted flour. Mix well and make balls.
    Thinai urundai
  • Arrange in a plate and offer to Lord Muruga. Get his blessings!
    Thinai urundai
Enjoy !

  • Do not add honey when the roasted flour is hot. It should be cooled down completely.
  • Add more honey based on your liking.
  • In place of honey, you can use powdered jaggery.
  • If you don’t want to make as balls, you can just mix the flour with honey and eat as it is.
Healthy, Thinai urundai with honey. You can make this at least once in a while to reap its health benefits !
Thenum thinai maavum
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November 21, 2015

Little Millet Biryani / Samai Biryani Recipe - Millet Recipes

Little millet biryani
As I promised in my previous post,here is the long time due Sunday Biryani from my blog almost after a month.Yeah,I couldn’t post any biryani recipe for the past few weeks as I was concentrating on Diwali recipes.So this week,I wanted to share a healthy,interesting yet easy biryani recipe using millets.Actually speaking,I got the idea of making this biryani after I got few requests from my readers.I used little millet/Samai to prepare this biryani.I made a easy,no grinding biryani adding mixed vegetables for our lunch today.As I din’t have peas in hand,I used sweet corn kernels.It came out very well and it was tummy filling too.You can follow the same recipe and replace samai with varagu or Kuthiravali.I have mentioned the quantity of water for other millets in the Notes section.Please have a look at it before you try them.Lets check how to make this healthy,easy millet biryani recipe ! This recipes goes into my Sunday Lunch Recipes series 34Happy. I am happy to share this recipe to where they sell organic food products  in online. You can purchase millets and its related products at reasonable price.
Check out my other biryani recipes in this series .
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March 14, 2015

Kuthiraivali Upma Recipe/Barnyard Millet Upma-Millet Recipes

Kuthiravali upma recipe
Its been few weeks i posted a millet recipe in my blog.Last month i posted varagu idli,dosa recipe.After that,i couldn’t try any interesting recipes using millets.Nowadays i started trying some instant upma,kichadi recipes using millets.I will try to share them one by one here.Today i am sharing a simple and easy one pot upma recipe using Kuthiraivali/Barnyard millet.Kuthiraivali is called as barnyard millet in English,Jhangora in Hindi,Odalu in Telugu,Kavadapullu in Malayalam,Oodalu in Kannada.It has 6 times high fiber content when compared with wheat.Its a gluten free millet with high calcium,phosporous & fiber.It is high in carbohydrates & fat too.It improves metabolism.It helps to maintain the body temperature.It acts as a good anti oxidant too.I usually make puli upma with kuthiravali.Recently i tried a plain upma recipe just like my noi arisi upma/broken rice upma.It came out very well.I served it with moong dal sambar and we loved that combo.Its a healthy replacement for our regular rice upma and tastewise there is no compromise at all.You can add finely chopped onions & vegetables to make it colorful and healthy.As it is an easy one pot meal,its an ideal recipe for working women & bachelors to prepare breakfast & dinner during busy morning hours or lazy & tired night hours.If u like the taste of this upma,u can experiment the same with other millets like samai,varagu and thinai too.Procedure,quantity of water and ingredients are one and the same.Ok,Lets see how to make this healthy barnyard millet upma recipe in detail!
Check out my moong dal sambar here.It is the best side dish for this upma i feel Happy.You can also have it with coconut chutney or thogayals.
Barnyard millet upma

Kuthiravali upma recipe

Kuthiravali upma recipe Barnyard millet upma-Healthy breakfast/dinner recipe using millets
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Millet recipes
Serves: Serves2
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


  • Barnyard millet/Kuthiravali - 1 cup
  • Water - 2.5cups
  • Salt - as needed
To temper
  • Coconut oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 2 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tbsp
  • Red chillies - 1 no ( pinched)
  • Green chillies - 2 nos ( slitted)
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Hing/Asafetida - 1/4 tsp
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece( chop finely)
  • Big onion - 1 no ( chop finely) optional
  • Mixed vegetables - 1/2 cup ( carrot,beans,potato and peas) Optional.

  • Wash the millet and drain the water.Keep it aside.Chop the onions & vegetables finely if using.

  • Heat oil in a cooker base and add the coconut oil or any cooking oil.Coconut oil gives a nice flavor.After the oil is heated,splutter mustard seeds,urad dal and chana dal.Add the chillies,hing and few torn curry leaves.Saute well.( If using onions & vegetables,add in this stage and saute them for a minute)Now add the required water and salt.Add the finely chopped ginger pieces and few more curry leaves & 2 pinches of hing in the water.Adding raw ginger,curry leaves & hing will give a nice flavor to the upma.Now when the water starts to roll boil,check for taste and add more salt if needed.

  • Simmer the flame and add the washed millet.Mix well and close the cooker.Cook it for one whistle in low flame.Usually it takes 7-9 minutes in my cooker.Timings may vary though.Switch off after one whistle and open the lid after steam is released.Fluff the upma with a fork.Do not mix it vigorously when the upma is hot because,upma will turn out mushy.So mix it gently.As the upma cools down,it will become separate and grainy.Enjoy with sambar/chutney or coriander leaves thogayal.My personal choice is sambar than chutney : ))
kuthiravali upma

Enjoy !


  • For variations,u can add finely chopped onions & some vegetables like carrot,beans,peas etc.It makes the upma colorful n healthy too.
  • Adding 2.5 cups of water gives a mushy look to the upma when it is hot.But it will turn separate and grainy as it cools down.
Check out my easy,one pot moong dal sambar here !

Enjoy making this easy,healthy one pot millet upma for your breakfast/dinner !
Kuthiravali upma recipe
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February 23, 2015

Varagu Idli Recipe/Kodo Millet Idli Dosa-Millet Recipes

Varagu idli recipe

Each and every millet has its own taste & health benefits.But i love varagu/Kodo millet(Kodra/Koden in Hindi,Harka in Kannada,Koovaragu in Malayalam & Arikelu in Telugu) among all because it helps to lose weight,controls diabetes,reduces joint pains and much more.So i keep trying one or the other varagu recipes in my kitchen at least once in a week.After making thinai idli & Ragi idli successfully,i wanted to try some more idli,dosa recipes using millets.I tried kuthiravali idli but it was an utter flop.Idli was flat,sticky and too soft.I should make some improvements in the recipe and try again.So this time i prepared Varagu idli following my mixie idli recipe.It came out very well.I did not use rice here.Still my idlis were firm,soft,spongy and dosas were crispy as well.So this is completely a rice-free idli.The flavor of dosas were awesome.I just loved it.My in-laws are here with me.They too liked this varagarisi idli,dosa very much and my MIL told that she will be making it very often after going to salem.I was very happy to hear this feedback from them.Friends,try this healthy millet idli and include it in your routine breakfast/dinner.Its sure a very healthy replacement for our regular rice idli.Very soon,i will share easy varagu upma recipe.
Check out my collection of 12 idli recipes and enjoy making varieties of idli for breakfast/dinner !

Varagu dosa

Varagu arisi idli,dosa recipe

Varagu arisi idli,dosa recipe Idli,dosa recipe using varagu/Kodo millet- Healthy breakfast/dinner recipe
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Millet recipes
Serves: 15-20 nos
Prep time: 4 Hours
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 4H10Min


  • Varagu/Kodo millet - 1.25 cups
  • Round urad dal - 1/4 cup
  • Aval/thick Poha - 3 tbsp
  • Methi seeds/Venthayam - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed

  • Take all the ingredients given above except salt and wash them twice in water to remove the debris.Soak it together for 4 hours.

  • Take a big mixie jar and grind them in two batches adding enough salt & water.Please do not add more water because they can be easily ground in less water.So use water only when needed.The consistency of batter should be like our regular idli batter.If the batter is too watery,u cannot make idlis.Idli will be flat n sticky.If u add very less water,idli will be hard.So take care while adding water.
Varagarisi idli
  • Ferment it overnight or minimum 16 hours ( if it is winter).The next morning,batter would have raised in volume but not doubled.
  • Stir the batter well with a ladle and make idlis.Steam it in an idli pot for 10 minutes.Check with a back of spoon or using fingers dipped in water.If it comes out clean,idli is cooked.Remove with a spoon and serve hot with chutney !
Varagu idli

    Enjoy !


  • No need to add rice in this recipe.
  • Do not add more water while grinding.
  • Idlis come out soft for varagu and dal in 5 :1 ratio.If u want even more softness,use 4:1 ratio based on the quality of dal.
  • Adding methi seeds & aval is for softness.Don’t skip it.
  • Ferment the batter for minimum 12 hours.During summer 8 hours is enough.

Steaming hot Varagu Idli Happy
Varagu idli

Enjoy this varagarisi idli.dosa with your favourite chutney or sambar.Stay healthy !
Varagu idli dosa recipe

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January 26, 2015

Thinai Payasam Recipe/Foxtail Millet Kheer With Jaggery-Millet Recipes

Thinai Payasam Recipe

Thinai arisi/Foxtail millet payasam in one of the easiest yet delicious recipe using millets.It tastes very similar to rice payasam/Arisi payasam.But one thing i should tell you is the yield.Just 1/4 cup of thinai/foxtail millet is enough to make payasam for 3 persons.Without knowing this,i made payasam with 1/2 cup of thinai and i got sooooo much i.e. nearly half of my big sized cooker.Now i am blinking how to empty itDoh.So i just halved my quantity and shared the recipe here.This would be sufficient for 2-3 people.Ok,lets see how to prepare thinai arisi payasam recipe.
Check out my other millet recipes in this page.

Foxtail millet kheer

Thinai arisi payasam/Foxtail millet kheer

Thinai arisi payasam/Foxtail millet kheer Thinai arisi payasam/Foxtail millet kheer
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: Serves 2-3
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


  • Thinai/Foxtail millet - 1/4 cup
  • Grated jaggery - 1/2 cup
  • Water - 1.5 cups
  • Boiled milk - 1/2 cup
  • Cardamom seeds - 2 nos
  • Cloves - 1 no
  • Mace - a small piece
  • Edible camphor - a small pinch ( optional)
  • Ghee – 1 tbsp + 1 tsp

  • In a pressure cooker base,add a tsp of ghee.After its heated,add the thinai arisi and roast it well till u get a nice aroma & as u roast,thinai becomes non-sticky.Add the mentioned water and pressure cook in low flame for one or two whistles.Open the cooker & mash it well.

    Thinai arisi payasam
  • In the mean time,grate the jaggery and add 1/4 cup of water to cover it. Let it melt.Strain the syrup and add it to the cooked & mashed thinai.Allow it to boil.Add some water if needed.
Thinai payasam-1
Thinai payasam-2

  • After the raw smell of jaggery goes off,switch off the flame & add the crushed cardamom powder.Roast clove,cashews & mace.Powder the mace and add everything to the payasam.Mix well.Now add the boiled milk.Finally add a small pinch of edible camphor if needed.Garnish with roasted cashews and serve !
Thinai payasam-3
Enjoy !


  • Generally 3 cups of water is enough to cook 1 cup of thinai.i.e ratio is 1:3.Here i used 1:6 ratio of thinai & water as i wanted the payasam to be thin.
  • This payasam will tend to thicken as time proceeds.So keep some milk reserved.
  • As i mentioned in my write-up,the yield of the payasam will be more.So adjust accordingly.

Make this thinai arisi payasam,offer God & enjoy.It tastes awesome !
Thinai payasam

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January 10, 2015

Millet Flour Onion Pakoda Recipe-Millet Snacks Recipes

onion pakoda

Onion pakoda must be one of the favourite evening snacks for most of us.We generally make it using gram flour & rice flour.For a change,i tried it adding our homemade mixed millet flour/Millet sathu maavu powder.It came out really crispy and flavourful.Raksha & Sendhil liked it very much.I was also happy that i could give them a healthy deep fried snack using millets.And now i am typing this post munching these crispy pakoras,its yummWinking.Friends,Try this snack recipe for your family & enjoy with evening coffee or Tea.
Check out my other millet recipes here !


Millet flour onion pakoda recipe

Millet flour onion pakoda recipe Onion pakoda recipe using millet flour
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Snacks
Serves: 15 nos
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes

To make the batter
  • Mixed millet flour - 1/3 cup
  • Gram flour - 1/4 cup
  • Rice flour – 1 tbsp
  • Big onion - 2 nos ( medium )
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Hing/Asafetida - 2 pinches
  • Finely chopped green chillies - 1 no
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Coriander leaves – few
  • Mint leaves – few 
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
  • Hot oil - 1 tbsp
  • Ghee – 1/2 tsp ( I used frozen ghee)
  • Water – Very little ( say 1.5 tbsp)
  • Salt – as needed
Cooking oil - to deep fry

  • Wash and slice big onions thinly.Wash and chop ginger,green chillies,mint,curry leaves,coriander leaves & set aside.

  • In a wide bowl,take all the ingredients except cooking oil and ghee.Mix all the ingredients well without adding water.Onions will leave water while u mix.So mix everything together.
Onion pakoda-1
  • Heat oil to deep fry.Take a tbsp of hot oil  and add to the flour.Add ghee.Mix well.Then sprinkle few drops of water and make a dough.
Onion pakoda-2
  • Put a drop of batter & check the heat of oil.If  the batter comes up immediately,oil is ready.Reduce the flame to medium high & pinch in a portion of batter and drop in the oil in a sprinkled manner. Cook till onions turn golden brown.Remove in a tissue and enjoy eating hot with tea !
Onion pakoda-3


  • Gram flour is used for binding and rice flour for crispiness.
  • You can follow the above recipe and make pakodas with kambu maavu or thinai too.
  • Hot oil is added to give crispy pakoda.Don’t skip it.Ghee is for softness.

Enjoy this crispy millet onion pakoda with tea/coffee ! Tastes yum !!

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December 29, 2014

Millet Flour Porridge Recipe/Millet Sathu Maavu Kanji-Millet Recipes


Last month i shared our homemade mixed millet flour/energy mix powder/sathu maavu recipe here.Using that flour,i have shared an instant sathu maavu dosa recipe too.Recently i tried sweet & savoury porridge/kanji using my millet energy mix powder for our Sunday breakfast.It came out really well and it was flavourful too.Making this millet porridge is just a 10 minutes job.You can try sweet or savory version based on your liking.If u have less time in hand to prepare your breakfast,this millet porridge is an easy & healthy option with health benefits of all the millets in one dish.Its one of the ideal recipes for weight loss too.It keeps u energetic and full.Do try it n let me know your feedbackHappy.If u don’t want to make millet powder on your own,u can also buy the organic millet powders available in stores and prepare this porridge.But homemade millet powder is economical always ! You can try this porridge for one year old babies too.But keep in mind,u should add just 1 tsp of this powder for 2 cups of water,make it really watery and give them for the first time.If it suits them,u can increase the quantity of powder gradually.Check out my millet flour ladoo/Sathu maavu urundai recipe using jaggery if interested !

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