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Thinai Pongal
Thinai Pongal is a very healthy and filling breakfast idea.When I posted this for kids breakfast idea, I had few readers asking for the recipe so thought to make a separate post for it.I usually make pongal with varagu but these days use thinai too as its a wining combination.Thinai usually takes time to cook and it took me a while to get the hang of water ratio for cooking thinai.

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Thinai Pongal

Thinai Pongal Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Thinai Arisi - 1/2 cup
Moong Dal - 1/4 cup
Water - 3 cups
Cashews - 5 whole
Ghee - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 1 tsp
Pepper - 1/2 tsp (whole or crushed roughly)
Jeera - 1/2 tsp (whole or crushed roughly)
Curry Leaves - few
Green Chillies - 1
Ginger - 1/2 tsp chopped finely
Hing - 1/8 tsp


  1. Dry roast moong dal till golden brown.Transfer to pressure cooker, then Rinse the millet well,drain water and add it to cooker.
    How to make thinai ven pongal - Step1
  2. Add water and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles in medium flame.Switch off.
    How to make thinai ven pongal - Step2
  3. Once pressure releases, mash up rice and dal well with a laddle.It will look goey at this stage but will start to thicken with time.Now get ready with the tempering items...Heat oil in a pan - add the items listed under ' temper' let it splutter.
    How to make thinai ven pongal - Step3
  4. Add the tempered items to the pongal,add required salt mix well.Fry cashews in ghee till golden brown.
    How to make thinai ven pongal - Step3
  5. Add fried cashews to the pongal.Give a quick stir , I added little more salt as it was too less when I tasted it .
    How to make thinai ven pongal - Step3
Serve hot with a drizzle of ghee on top along with chutney and sambar.
Thinai Ven Pongal

My Notes:

Thinai Ven Pongal

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