Rice Free South Indian Breakfast Thali - Saamai Venpongal / Little millet Venpongal

Coming to the final day of the thali theme,I am sharing  rice free breakfast thali.Yes this entire spread has no rice and most the dishes are made with millets.
This rice free thali is in my to do list since long.I have been waiting a chance share this spread.

The entire spread took 1.5 hours to cook and needs some prior preparation like dosa batter grinding and fermentation.

The thali has

1.Moong dhal/paasiparuppu Puttu
2.Finger millet/kelvaragu semiya Upma
3.Samai Ven pongal(recipe follows)
4.Broken wheat/gothumai rava idly
5.Kuthiraivali /barnyard millet Dosai

The accompaniments are
1.Moong dhal/Paasiparuupu sambar
2.Coconut Chutney
3.Kaara Chutney

                                                    Saamai (little millet)Venpongal /Saamai Kaara Pongal

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 15 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 45 minutes
   Serves ~ 2 


Little millet/Saamai
1/2 cup
Moong Dhal/paasiparppu
3 tbs
Ginger/inji(finely chopped)
1 tsp
Green chilly/pachamilgai
1(slit lengthy)
Cumin seeds/jeeragam
1  tsp
Black pepper/milau
1 tsp
1.5 tbs(broken)
Curry leaves/karivepillai
1 sprig
Coriander leaves
as needed
1 tsp
1.5 tbs
1 tbs
Turmeric powder&Asafoetidaa pinch both

  • Rinse the millet couple of times in water and soak it in water for 10 minutes.Meanwhile in a pressure cooker slightly dry roast the moong dhal without changing the color.Rinse the dhal well.To this add the little millet and add around 2 cups of water.Add in the few curry leaves,salt,turmeric powder and asafoetida.Pressure cook it in a medium flame for 3- whistles.
  • Meanwhile in a pan heat the oil and ghee,once it becomes hot add in the cumin and pepper.Let it crackle,now add the cashews and fry it till golden.Add in the green chillt,curry leaves and put off the flame and keep it aside.
  • After the pressure subsides,remove the lid of the pressure cooker and to the cooked dha l and millet add the fried mixture and mix it well.
  • Saamai Venpongal is ready.Serve it  warm with chutney and sambar

  • Amount of water can be increased if a mushy pongal is needed.
  • The whole black pepper can be crushed and added.



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Though am not a great fan of pongal,your post and pics are making me to try this one...surely on my to do !!

It is not necessary we have rice all the time, right, with so many millets now making its entry back into our diets... this is a lovely way of having everything...

WOW !..what a awesome thaali..the pics are making me drool..never knew millets could be cooked in such a beautiful way.

Simply fabulous, and those foods with millets looks highly delicious and healthy. Lovely thali there and you rocks Nalini.

Love the idea of making it as rice free. Entire platter looks delicious and the pictures are stunning and so sharp.

Wow, that's such a nutritious and delicious thali. Awesome clicks.

wow! what a healthy spread.. Love it Beautiful clicks

That's a great and healthy thali. Love all the recipes.

wow very healthy breakfast. Beautiful clicks...

Wow! Awesome thali. Love it all.

Wow what a stunning display of dishes Nalini..your presentation always is so beautiful!..love these dishes..so wonderful!

This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing blog that understand the value of providing a quality resource for free. Indian snacks buy online

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