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Varagu Arisi Pulao – Kodo Millet Pulao

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 3 1x


Recipe for Varagu arisi pulao. Kodo millet pulao. Have the benefits of millets everyday! Easy Varagu Arisi Biryani using soaked varagu rice / varagarisi. Serve with Vegetable Kurma.



Varagu and Water

  • 1 cup Varagu Arisi / Kodo Millet
  • 2 cups Water

Main Ingredients

  • 3 teaspoon Ghee or Vegetable Oil
  • 2 inch piece Cinnamon
  • 3 cardamom
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 Onion, sliced
  • 4 green chillies
  • 2 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 34 springs mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Veggies for Varagu Pulao

  • 1 Potato, diced
  • 2 Carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh peas


  1. Wash the millet in running water 2-3 times. Soak the millet / varagarisi in water before starting to cook. Set aside
  2. Heat ghee or vegetable oil in a pan and add in the cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. Add in the sliced onions and fry till soft.
  3. Add in the slit green chillies and ginger garlic paste. Fry till the ginger garlic paste is fully cooked and dry. It will take about 3-4 minutes in medium flame.
  4. Add in the chopped veggies, mint leaves and salt. Fry for a minute. Add in the water and let the water come to a boil. I used one cup of varagu rice / millet for the pulao. So I need 2 cups of water.
  5. Once the water is boiling, add in the varagu rice / millet and mix well to combine. Cover the pressure cooker and cook for 3 whistles. You can cook the pulao in rice cooker too. The water ratio remains the same for rice cooker too. If using pressure cooker, switch off the flame after 3 whistles and wait for the whistle to release naturally.
  6. Varagu Pulao is ready.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: South Indian, Tamilnadu