Varagarisi Thengaipaal Kanji

There is a lot of buzz about Millets and their goodness. So why should you take more of millets in your diet? Millets are a great source of vitamins, minerals and organic compounds which boosts your health in a positive way. Here is a healthy and tasty recipe. Your family will love it and there is no guilt of extra calories as well for the weight watchers.


  • Varagu / Kodo Millet – 1 cup
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Garlic – 10 cloves peeled
  • Venthayam/fenugreek- half teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Coconut milk – 3 cups


Take washed varagu in a pressure cooker and add water, garlic, fenugreek and salt. Cook for 3 whistles. Simmer it for 10 mins. Turn off the heat and let the steam go all by itself. Open the cooker and mix it well. Add in coconut milk and mix. Adjust the milk quantity as per your taste.

Serve hot.

Why is this so healthy?

It is easy to digest, contains a high amount of lecithin and is excellent for strengthening the nervous system. It is rich in photo chemicals and phytate that helps in reduction of cancer risks. It helps to reduce the body weight and is beneficial for postmenopausal women. It is good for those suffering from signs of cardiovascular disease, like high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. Also, it is good for diabetics. Its anti – diabetic compounds like quercetin, ferulic acid, p – hydroxybenzoic acid, vanillic acid and syringic acid prevents obesity. Kodo millets contain no gluten and are good for people who are gluten intolerant.

– Recipe contributed by Mrs Lavanya Mukil.