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little millet upma served in a bowl
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Little Millet Upma (Samai Upma)

Little Millet Upma is a wholesome breakfast or dinner dish that can be made with just a few ingredients in less than 30 minutes.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Keyword healthy, little millet upma
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Method Stovetop
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 207kcal
Author Bhavana Patil

Ingredients

  • Measuring 1 cup = 250 ml
  • ½ cup little millet (samai)
  • 1 cup water (use ¾ cup water for instant pot)
  • 1 medium onion
  • ½ cup mixed veggies (Beans,Carrot,Peas,Capsicum)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut grated, optional
  • 1 tablespoons coriander leaves chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice to taste
  • salt to taste

To Temper 

Instructions

Stovetop Pot method:

  • Wash the Little Millet and soak it in water for at-least 15 minutes.
  • In a Kadai add oil and add in the mustard seeds, jeera and, let them splutter.
    Then add hing, green chilies, ginger (optional), curry leaves, and saute for few seconds.
  • Then add onion. Saute for a minute or two till the onion turns slight brown in color.
  • Later add finely chopped mixed veggies ,some salt and saute for 2-3 mins until veggies becomes soft.
  • Add 1 cup of water and bring it to boil.
  • Drain the water from the soaked samai and add it to the boiling water. Mix well. Adjust the salt at this stage.
  • Cover with a lid and cook for about 8-10 minutes on medium-low flame. Note:Since we soaked it for 15 minutes, it reduces the cooking time.
  • Once little millet is cooked (until all the water has been absorbed, completely cooked and looks grainy) turn off the gas and add grated coconut, coriander leaves and lime juice .
  • Mix Well and serve little millet upma hot with coconut chutney or chutney powder.

Instant Pot Method:

  • Wash the Little Millet and soak it in water for at least 15 minutes.
  • Press SAUTE, add oil, once hot add in the mustard seeds, jeera and, let them splutter.
    Then add hing, green chilies, ginger (optional), curry leaves, and saute for few seconds.
  • Then add onion. Saute for a minute or two till the onion turns slightly brown in color.
  • Add chopped mixed vegetables, soaked millet, water, salt and mix well. Deglaze the pot ie make sure there is no food particle sticking to the pot to avoid burn alerts.
  • Close the lid on the pot, and turn the pressure valve to SEALING position.
  • Set the pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK (High Pressure) and set the timer to 4 minutes (If not soaking, set the timer to 6 minutes). When the instant pot beeps, do a Natural pressure release.
  • Lastly add grated coconut, coriander leaves, and lime juice and mix well.
  • Samai Upma is ready to be enjoyed with coconut chutney and chai.

Notes

  1. Soaking reduces the cooking time. So soak the little millet for at least 15 minutes.
  2. If you are in a hurry and do not have time to soak, add 1.5 cups of water while cooking for ½ cup of little millet i.e., [3:1] Ratio for stovetop pot method.
  3. You can add any vegetables of your choice.
  4. You can increase or decrease spice according to your preference.
  5. You can make upma without vegetables and onions too.
 
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Serving: 0g | Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 41.2g | Protein: 6.1g | Fat: 1.7g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 3.5mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 0.2mg