Sweet Fenugreek Pongal

Mothers always want to give their children  their best. You are right, for a nursing mother, lactation is always an issue. I had  spent hours browsing to find lactation aids. But now, I don’t. The reason is rediscovered the power  of garlic and fenugreek. I add them to my diet in all forms, by all means. I am happy to share my recent finding , an exclusive diet for lactating moms. Also this is very tasty with no hint of bitterness of the fenugreek , all because of the fabulous jaggery.

Ingredients - Sweet fenugreek pongal


Sona masoori rice- 1/4 cup

Fenugreek seeds- 1/4 cup

Jaggery – to taste

Cardamom- 1 no


Soak the fenugreek seeds over night.

Cook the rice and fenugreek seeds  in  pressure cooker with 1 cup water.

Heat little  water, dissolve jaggery in it. Once  it is melted , filter out the dirt, if any. Simmer the heat, add the cooked rice to the jaggery back, mix well. Powder the cardamom  and add to the rice. Cook till all water is absorbed. Serve hot with ghee. Add fried cashews and raisins if you like to be treated specially. The quantity I said is just enough for a person.

sweet fenugreek pongal

PS: I found it really helpful. Hope it helps who is in need for iron rich food and other nursing moms.

This is my entry for JFI of this month- Jhiva for Jaggery hosted by the super mom ,Kay.

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17 thoughts on “Sweet Fenugreek Pongal”

  1. Ashwini says:

    That’s a novel way to add fenugreek to your diet. Did the seeds have a bite? Looks utterly delicious.

  2. MenuToday says:

    Hi lakshmi Ammal,
    Making pongal with fenugreek !!!! It looks nice. This is very good for diabetic patients. Thanks for sharing the healthy recipe.

  3. Lakshmik says:

    Fenugreek Pongal. Never heard of that before. Will save your recipe and try it sometime.

  4. swapna says:

    Hai lakshmiammal

    ur pongal looking very nice..yummy….

  5. lakshmi says:

    me too Lakshmi, never heard of fenugreek pongal. nice recipe.

  6. Vini K says:

    Hi Lakshmiammal,I never heard of payasam with fenugreek seeds.I think this I have to try.

  7. Monisha says:

    Really interesting recipe and by the looks of it, absolutely delicious!

  8. mandira says:

    This is new.. never tried sweet fenugreek pongal…Thanks for sharing

  9. Asha says:

    Hi Ammal, dish looks wonderful and mouthwatering.Thank you for my friday delightful:)

    Have a great weekend.

  10. Vani says:

    You’re right. Methi helps with lactation. My mom used to make methi dosas for me. We make sakkar pongal but without the methi. This must add a nice flavor to the pongal.

  11. Indira says:

    Hi Lakshmi,
    This is a new recipe for me too. I am curious to know the origin of this recipe, is this a family or regional recipe. If this is your own creation, my kudos to you for coming with such clever pairing of bitter fenugreek with out of this world sweetness of jaggery. What a nice entry for Jihva!

    One more thing about fenugreek is, it increases breast size, I read somewhere.:)

  12. shaheen says:

    i remember eating a lot of this when i was nursing. and it does help. i love the clash of flavors in this.

  13. pongal with fenugreek..hearing for first time…shall try once…fenugreek is good one for health ..I do add very little in most of the recipes but in rice hearing for first time…intresting one:-)) Thanks for sharing Lakshmi

  14. lakshmiammal says:

    Thank you all my friends for taking time to appreciate!

    Hi Ashwini,
    The fenugreek donot stand alone in taste.They are well cooked!

    Hi Indira,
    This was passed on to me by my friend Dhakshayani, a first time mom.Of course,she heard it from her friend. The best thing is not just the taste , but it is a good source of iron.’Vendayam'(fenugreek) in tamil means vendha (cooked) ayam (iron).

  15. Kay says:

    I thought I had left a message earlier[almost 2 years ago!]. But looks like I didn’t. Sorry about that. 🙁

    Thanks for this recipe. It was very kind of you to think of me at the time and post a recipe that would help me.

  16. sailaja says:

    thanks a lot for a very good receipe ,specially for nursing moms i wiil try this for my daughter and her very good friend of her who are delivered on same day.

  17. Lobo says:

    We use coconut milk to this pongal, tastes tooo good.

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