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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thinai Arisi Sakkarai Pongal Recipe ( Vegan version) and Thinai Arisi Masal Vadai Recipe ~Combo Meals

Sakkarai Pongal and Masala Vadai Recipes

Sakkarai Pongal and masal vadai is my all time fav. I ways wait for the palagarams my neighbors used to share and these two were the must in the list. I have already shared traditional sakkarai pongal and masal vada  recipes but here am sharing more healthier version by using millets in them. Few day back I made Thinai arisi sambhar sadam which was enjoyed by our family. Today am sharing the authentic south indian festival combo with a twist. Instead of rice I used  this healthy Foxtail millet, trust me not only health wise it tasted good too. For the vada this millet gave the extra crispiness from the out and soft inside. We just enjoyed them for our evening snack.  Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#45.

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Thinai Arisi Sakkarai Pongal

    Preparation time
   Cook Time
15 mins
    15 - 20 mins
Millet recipes 
  Thinai Arisi/ Foxtail millet - 1/2 cup
  Yellow moong dal - 1/2 cup
  Jaggery / Desi Brown sugar pd - 1 cup
  Cardamom pd - A pinch
  Cashews-nut - 4-5 No
  Raisins - 3-4 no
  Ghee/ vegan butter - 1 tbsp
  Water - 2 cups


  • Wash and soak thinai and moong dal for 5- 10 mins.
  • Drain the soaked thinai and moong dal pressure cook the with water for 3 whistles.
  • After the pressure subsides open the lid and mix them well till they are mashed.
  • In a sauce pan add jaggery and little water.
  • Cook them till the jaggery melts and add the cooked thinai and moong dal in the jaggery syrup.
  • Add cardamom and mix them well.
  • Cook them till it is thickens a bit and then turn off the flame.
  • In a another sauce pan heat ghee and roast cashews and raisins.
  • Transfer this to the thinai and moong dal mixture for garnish.
 Note: If you are going vegan then avoid using ghee and go for vegan buttter or substitute

Millet Masala vadai

Snacks Recipes

Thinai Arisi Masala Vadai

    Preparation time
   Cook Time
1-2 hr
    15 - 20 mins
South Indian vadai Recipes
  Thinai Arisi/ Foxtai millet - 1/2 cup
  Channa dal / Kadala paruppu - 1/2 cup
  Onion-1 no
  Green chillies-3-4 nos ( adjust as needed)
  Fennel seeds/ sombu-1 tsp
  Curry leaves - 1 sprig ( chopped)
  Turmeric pd - 1/4 tsp
  Ginger 1 inch piece
  Salt to taste

  • Soak channa dal and thinai together for 1-2 hours.
  • After soaking drain channa dal and thinai completely and  grind them coarsely.  Don't grind them them too a paste.One or two channa dal can be whole.
  • Mix finely chopped onion,chopped green chillies, turmeric pd,chopped ginger, salt and curry leaves.
  • Keep a bowl with water and wet both hands. Make equal sized balls first for uniform sized vadas. 
  • Heat oil in kadai meanwhile. Shape each ball to flat patties of medium thickness by pressing them in between both you hands gently.

  • Deep fry in hot oil until golden in color, flipping them . Always cook in medium flame to ensure even cooking and golden color. When you drop oil, heat should be high. Simmer after you drop all vada's and cook in medium flame until done. Drain in paper towel.
  • Serve them hot with coconut chutney or sauce.

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Whole grain Millet Dhokla


  1. Looks so inviting! I can eat a bowl full of that chakkara pongal right now.

  2. Looks so yummy... really hungry seeing this...

  3. Amazing clicks amazing food..want to grab some of those wadas.

  4. Super delicious combo..a must try.

  5. Looks very inviting and delicious!

  6. Lovely two recipes- will get some millet and have a go, thanks :)

  7. Md for each other combo...lovely clicks

  8. great idea to use thinai arisi... wonderful :)

  9. wow , very healthy way of making these two awsome dishes.

  10. Healthy sweet and savory combo

  11. Thinai vadai looks so crispy...Lovely combo. Must try for sure, MIL will just love it :)

  12. Manjula, hats off for bringing in such a varied versions to the table..both the dishes sound so tempting..and your picture surely does the job well!

  13. Dont think too much out of the box okva, stay with, too much Manju, yennala mudiyala..Kalakura po, vadai pongal ellam kupiduthu.

  14. This is a new combo to me. Both the dishes look amazing.

  15. Wow! that is a fantastic way to use millet!! Very tempting vadas and pongal

  16. those crispy crunchy vadas are looking so ggood

  17. I like all the millet recipes. Vadai looks so crunchy!!


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