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Monday, August 11, 2014

Kodo millet (Tamil: Varagu; Hindi: Kodra;  Telugu: Arikelu; Kannada: Harka) is one of the millets I got from India this time. I am just experimenting easy millets recipes for breakfast. I saw a recipe in a magazine, got an idea and I made this kanji just similar to vendhaya kanji we make with coconut milk. But here I have made it with low fat fresh milk instead coconut milk. Since garlic cooked in milk is good for health, with this healthy millet, this makes an excellent healthy breakfast. Kodo millet is a great substitute to rice. With lots of nutritional values, fibre, it keeps us full for longer time. And just a quarter cup makes a lot of kanji too in a jiffy. Why not try this for a day’s breakfast and stay healthy!

Varagu Kanji recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Breakfast
Prep Time: 10 mins    |  Cook time: 15 mins    Serves: 2


Varagu / foxtail millet -1/2 cup

Milk -1 cup

Water -1/2 cup

Garlic -4 flakes

Pepper powder -1/4 tsp

Salt -As needed

Curry leaves -few


  1. Wash the millet once and in a small pressure cooker, add it with milk, water and peeled garlic.1-wash
  2. Pressure cook in medium flame for 4 whistles. Once done, mash it well.2-cook
  3. Add more water or milk and salt. Bring to boil and continue until you get the desired consistency. Keep stirring in between now and then. Add pepper lastly.3-boil


    • Adjust water and milk amount as per your need. But 1 cup milk is must.
    • You can add coriander leaves instead curry leaves too.
    • Instead of garlic, if you want it satvik, avoid it, cook with a pinch of hing/ asafoetida and later temper with mustard, green chilli and more hing.

I would like to have it as such. But if you want, you can have it with a dash of pickle or kara kuzhambu/ vathal kuzhambu.

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  3. Millet porridge looks so comforting and tasty. Excellent preparation.

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