In Tiffin items, i Love pongal a lot. This is my favorite recipe.  I make it quite often too. Using rice to making pongal, me and my hubby are love to have kuthiraivali pongal. I served this with my all time favourite coconut chutney, it was so delicious. You can serve with sambar too. Some health benefits of kuthiraivali below.

Nutritional Value Of Barnyard Millet (Kuthiraivali)

High in fibre

Good source of zinc and manganese

Helps to maintain body temperature

Good source of B-complex vitamins

Healthy food to reduce cholesterol naturally

Serves : 3

Prep Time : 5 mins     Cooking Time : 30 mins


Kuthiraivali / Barnyard Millet – 1 cup

Yellow Moong Dal / Pasi Paruppu – 1/2 cup

Salt to taste

Water – 4 cup

For Tempering:

Ghee : 2tbsp

Oil : 1 tbsp

Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam – 2 tsp

Whole Pepper – 2 tsp

Green Chillies – 2 chopped finely

Ginger – 1 tbsp finely chopped

Curry leaves – a spring


  1. Wash and soak millet and moong dal for 10 mins. In mean time, start chopping ginger and green chillies set aside.20170110_184036
  2. Heat oil and ghee in a pressure cooker. Add tempering ingredients, allow it to sizzle. Then add water and salt, give a nice boil to water.

    3. Once water boiled, add soaked millet and dal in to it, mix well. Cover cooker with lid, keep on medium high heat. Wait for a whistle, then turn heat for medium, cook for 5 mins. Done.  Serve with chutney or sambar.20170110_185719