How to make Bajra Pongal

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Bajra (बाजरा), Split green gram skinless (dhuli moong dal) (मूंगदाल धुली)

Cuisine : Tamil Nadu

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Bajra Pongal

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The highly developed and sensitive palates of the Tamilians are well chronicled in the Sangam classics. They believe that food should ideally cater to all the six tastes - bitter, pungent, sweet, salty, sour and astringent.
Tamil Nadu has a wide variety of delicious food both for the vegetarians as well as the non-vegetarians, though most of it is made of grains, lentils, rice and vegetables. Spices are added to give a distinctive taste. Rice has been the staple diet of the Tamilians, an inculcated habit, due to the large-scale cultivation of the crop in the state.
Chettinad cuisine, a speciality in Tamil Nadu, is famous for its hot and spicy non-vegetarian food.   A part of the Mudaliar community is non-vegetarians and its cuisine is delightfully spicy without being too hot. Wet masalas are generally used, the main ingredients being fresh coconut paste and ground ginger-garlic.

Prep Time : 6-10 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Bajra Pongal Recipe

  • Bajra dry roasted and coarsely ground 1/2 cup

  • Split green gram skinless (dhuli moong dal) 1/4 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Black peppercorns 4-5

  • Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Ghee 1 teaspoon

  • Cashewnuts 4-5

  • Curry leaves 5-6

  • Green chilli slit 1


Step 1

Pressure cook millet, green gram and salt in two cups of water till five to six whistles.

Step 2

Dry-roast peppercorns and cumin seeds in a non-stick pan. Remove from heat, cool and grind to coarse powder. Set aside.

Step 3

Heat ghee in another non-stick pan. Add cashewnuts and sauté till golden.

Step 4

Add curry leaves, green chilli and ground powder. Mix well and add to the cooked millet, mix well.

Step 5

Serve hot.

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