I was trying to replace rice as much as I can and saw this PONGAL recipe in the book given by Muthu anna when he gave me samai.These millets are called as 'ARISi' meaning RICE,which clearly says this was a replacement for rice for Tamilians in ancient times.
There is nothing different about this PONGAL except rice is replace with millet.So I guess everyone knows the recipe for pongal...anyways... For those new here it is...
Millet -1 cup
Mung dhal - 1/2 cup ( some use 1/4 cup. But I prefer more mung dhal)
Pepper- 2 tsp( according to taste )
Jeera -1 tsp
Ginger -finely chopped little
Curry leaf -few
Asefotida -1/4 tsp
Oil or ghee - 1 tbs ( according to taste and preference )
1) Soak millet and dhal for about 15 mins.(this is optional . I wanted to make sure it cooks properly.)
2) Add 3 cups water and pressure cook for 5 whistle.
3) Heat ghee in a pan and add ginger,curry leaf,asefotida,pepper and jeera fry till aroma comes( takes just a second or so)
4) Add to cooked millet -dhal mix along with salt .Mix well. Serve hot.
I added the ginger ,pepper seasoning along with millets and pressure cooked it, as I felt it has better flavor