Delicious and Nutritious: Ishva Kodo Millet Pongal Recipe

Delicious and Nutritious: Ishva Kodo Millet Pongal Recipe

Pongal, a traditional South Indian dish, gets a healthy twist with Ishva kodo millet. This recipe retains all the flavors of the classic pongal while adding nutritious benefits. Kodo millet, known for its rich fiber content and essential nutrients, makes this dish not only tasty but also wholesome. Perfect for breakfast or even as a comforting dinner, Ishva Kodo Millet Pongal is sure to become a favorite in your household.


  • 1 cup Ishva kodo millet
  • ½ cup split yellow moong dal
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, crushed
  • 1 inch ginger, finely chopped
  • 10-12 cashew nuts
  • 1-2 green chilies, finely chopped (adjust to taste)
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Water, as needed
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish


  1. Preparation:

    • Wash the Ishva kodo millet and moong dal thoroughly. Soak them together in water for about 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.
    • Chop ginger, green chilies, and gather all other ingredients.
  2. Cooking:

    • In a pressure cooker or a heavy-bottomed pot, heat ghee over medium heat.
    • Add cumin seeds and let them splutter. Then, add crushed black pepper, chopped ginger, green chilies, cashew nuts, and curry leaves. Sauté for a minute until fragrant.
    • Add the drained Ishva kodo millet and moong dal mixture. Sauté for another 2-3 minutes to lightly roast the millet and dal.
    • Pour in 4 cups of water and season with salt. Stir well.
    • Close the pressure cooker lid or cover the pot with a lid. Cook on medium heat for 3-4 whistles in a pressure cooker or simmer for 20-25 minutes in a pot until the millet and dal are soft and well-cooked.
    • Once done, let the pressure release naturally before opening the cooker or pot.
    • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
  3. Serving:

    • Serve hot Ishva Kodo Millet Pongal with coconut chutney or sambar for a complete meal experience.


  • Adjust the quantity of water based on the consistency you prefer for your pongal.
  • You can add more ghee for a richer flavor if desired.
  • This recipe serves 4-5 people.

Enjoy this nutritious twist on a classic dish with Ishva kodo millet pongal. It's not only delicious but also packed with the goodness of millets!

Happy Cooking!

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