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little millet upma
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Little Millet Upma|Samai Upma|Millet Recipes

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 gluten-free, Indian, south indian, vegan
Keyword healthy, little millet upma
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 207kcal
Author bhavana


  • measuring 1 cup = 250 ml
  • 1/2 cup Little millet(samai)
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mixed veggies (Beans,Carrot,Peas,Capsicum etc )
  • 2 tablespoon grated coconut optional
  • 2 tablespoon coriander leaves chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • salt to taste
  • 3/4 - 1 cup water

To Temper 


Stove Top 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, hing, green chillies,ginger(optional),curry leaves and fry till mustard splutters.
  • 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 3/4 to 1  cup of water and allow this to boil. 
  • Drain the water from the soaked samai and add little millet to the boiling water and remaining salt.Mix well.
  • 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.


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 cup of water while cooking for 1/2 cup of little millet.[2:1] Ratio
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.


Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 41.2g | Protein: 6.1g | Fat: 1.7g | Sodium: 3.5mg | Potassium: 108mg | Vitamin A: 260IU | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 0.2mg