Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Varagu Pulao | Pulao with kodo millet

My ingredient for this week is Kodo millet (Tamil: Varagu; Malayalam: Koovaragu  Hindi: Kodra;  Telugu: Arikelu; Kannada: Harka). I have just started experimenting with millets. The only millet I use extensively in cooking is Ragi - Finger Millet. So wanted to try out with other millets. This time when we visited lal bagh for the Independence day special show - I saw an organic outlet selling millets. I got a kg of Kodo millet for Rs 100/-. Mind you it is very costly when compared to ragi as a millet.

I bought this at the right time. I was thinking of some special ingredient - which I haven't yet used in cooking to feature in one of the weeks of this mega marathon. So Kodo millet is the one... I read a lot of blogs to understand how this is cooked. Actually cooking millets is easy. Atleast from my experience kodo millet gets cooked really fast when compared to rice. 

I read the varagu pulao recipe in Rak's kitchen and took the idea from there. Since this was my first attempt with kodo millet, I wanted to make something interesting so that people at home don't reject it. After cooking, when I opened the cooker, the aroma was same as vegetable pulao and very inviting. Tastewise also there was absolutely no compromise. 


Varagu/ Kodo millet - 1 cup
Water - 1 & 1/2 cups
Chopped Carrot, beans, green peas, mushrooms - 1 cup
Onion - 1
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Green chilli - 2
Mint leaves - few
Salt - As needed

To temper
Ghee/ oil - 3 tblsp
Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
Fennel seeds/ sombu- 1 tsp
Cardamom - 2
Cloves - 3
Bay leaf - 1


Wash the millet. Drain and keep it aside.
Heat a small pressure cooker with oil/ ghee. In medium flame, add cinnamon, fennel seeds, cardamom, cloves, bay leaf. Do not let fennel change its colour. Add onion and give it a stir. 
Add ginger garlic paste. Fry for a minute in medium flame. 
Add the chopped veggies, mint leaves. Fry in medium flame for about 2 mins. 
Add washed millet to it and mix well. Let it dry. Flame should always in medium.
Add water, salt and bring to boil. mix well and cook for a whistle in medium flame and then in low flame for another 3 minutes. 
Open the pressure cooker. Transfer the pulao to another big vessel and let it cool so that the whole thing doesn't become mushy.

Varagu Pulao is ready!! I Served it with boiled egg curry.


Mint, fennel adds a nice flavor, so do not skip it. We can also garnish with coriander leaves.
Do not fry in high flame at any stage as it will change the colour of the pulao.
Also while cooking the millets, let the flame be low to ensure even cooking.

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  1. This is the second millet pulao I am reading today. It looks so delicious..

  2. Healthy, nutritious and delicious pulao with millets.

  3. Awesome pulao. I don't have access to kodo millet. I would love to experiment with these millets as well.

  4. Absolutely healthy and definitely a super filling pulao. Wonderful way to include varagu in our diet.

  5. one more millet puloa.. very nice. great way to include varagu.

  6. Like all the vegetables that went into the pulao. Good one !!

  7. Healthy one. Pulao is looking pretty with the color contrast between millet and veggies.

  8. Millets make such wonderful recipes. This pulao is no exception! Perfectly spiced and amazing taste for sure.

  9. Wow this is a great share. Love it.

  10. cool idea to use millets for pulao

  11. Very healthy pick and the dish sounds so interesting!