Thinai Sakkarai Pongal | Foxtail Millet Sweet Pongal | Millet Recipes

Thinai Sakkarai Pongal | Foxtail Millet Sweet Pongal | Millet Recipes

Thinai Sakkarai Pongal, thinai sweet pongal, foxtail millet sweet pongal is healthy pongal and perfect to try for this coming Pongal festival. This thinai pongal is like all millets healthy, gluten-free, vegan and the best part it's very difficult to make out the pongal is not made with rice, great isn't it? Foxtail millet also known as Thinai in Tamil, Kangni in Hindi/Punjabi, Korra in Telugu, Navane in Kannada, Thina in Malayalam, Kang in Marathi, Kang in Gujarati, Kaon in Bengali and Kanghu in Oriya.

Millets Friday is back with this sweet millet pongal it's so easy to prepare and thinai makes creamy, delicious pongal that you can easily like this more than regular sakkarai pongal ;) It's just a co-incident that I have posted Venn Pongal (savory pongal) also with thinai and now this sweet version with thinai too.


I have used white jaggery so the pongal color is cream you can also add brown or palm jaggery which not only better but also brings that beautiful brown color to pongal. You can also make millet pongal with any other millet of your choice and the procedure remains the same too. So enjoy this Pongal (Makar Sankranti) with millet sweet pongal.  You can also check Broken Wheat Pongal recipe.


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Thinai Sakkarai Pongal | Foxtail Millet Sweet Pongal Recipe

Sakkarai Pongal or Sweet Pongal a must for Pongal Festival with Millet.
Author: Category: Sweet Cuisine: South Indian
Prep Time: Cook Time: Total Time:


  • 1/2 Cup - Thinai/Foxtail Millet
  • 2 tbsp - Yellow Moong Dal/Pasi Paruppu
  • 1/2 Cup, heaped - Powder Jaggery
  • 2 Cups - Water
  • To Temper or Tadka
  • 2 tbsp - Ghee
  • 6-8 - Cashewnuts
  • 10-12 - Raisins
  • 1 - Clove
  • 1 - Crushed Green Cardamom


  1. Wash and soak thinai (millet) and moong dal for 10 mins this is optional step. In a pressure cooker heat 1 tsp ghee add rinsed moong dal and roast for minute in medium flame, add thinai (foxtail millet) and saute for a minute too.
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  3. Add 2 cups water mix well and pressure cook 4 whistles in medium flame, once done allow pressure to release and open cooker, mix everything well and add powder jaggery & mix again well.
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  5. In a small tadka pan or normal pan heat ghee add halved cashewnuts, clove, crushed cardamom and saute until cashew becomes light brown, now add raisins and off flame, from the heat raisins will puff up. Add this to pongal and mix well.
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Serve hot or warm.

  • You can brown jaggery or palm jaggery.
  • If pongal becomes thicker after a while, add boiled milk to loosen up.
  • You can add a pinch of edible camphor towards the end.

Simple, delicious, creamy thinai sakkarai pongal.

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