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Little Millet Lemon Rice served in a bowl garnished with cilantro
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Little Millet Lemon Rice (Samai Lemon Rice)

South Indian style lemon rice made with little millets. Little millets or Samai are cooked and tossed in a tempering of mustard seeds, lentils, curry leaves, turmeric.
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Keyword dairy free, Easy and Quick Recipes, gluten-free, healthy, High Fiber, High Protein, indian, little millet, litttle millet lemon rice, lunchbox recipes, millet recipes, siridhanya recipes, south indian, under 30 minutes, vegan
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 205kcal
Author Bhavana Patil


Measuring 1 cup = 250 ml

  • ½ cup Little millet(samai) uncooked
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 green chilles finely chopped
  • few curry leaves
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoon peanuts(groundnut)
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • ¼ teaspoon jeera(cumin)
  • a pinch hing (asafetida)
  • 1 tablespoon coriander leaves finely chopped
  • juice of half lemon
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • salt as per taste


Cooking Millets

  • Pressure Cooker Method:Wash little millet throughly 2-3 times and add 1 cup of water for ½ cup of little millet/Samai and pressure cook for 1 whistle.Let the pressure/steam release naturally.
  • Once cooled fluff it up nicely with a fork, so there are no lumps and the grains stay separate.

How to make Little Millet Lemon Rice

  • In a kadai ,add oil once its hot ,add in the peanuts and fry them until they turn slight golden brown.
  • Secondly add mustard seeds, urad dal, jeera, hing,green chilles ,curry leaves and fry 30 secs till dal turn golden brown.
  • Then add turmeric powder and onion . Saute for a minute or two till the onion turns slight brown in color.
  • Turn off the flame and add cooled millets, salt and squeeze the juice of half lemon.Mix everything well.
  • Garnish with Coriander leaves and serve hot with papad or pickle.


1.You can make this recipe without onions too.
2.If you don't have a pressure cooker, then in an open pot add 1.5 cups of water bring water to boil, and add ½ cup of little millet. Close the lid and cook on medium flame till all water is absorbed. It should be slightly soggy. Once cooled fluff it up nicely with a fork, so there are no lumps and the grains stay separate.
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 6.2g | Fat: 1.7g | Sodium: 3.5mg | Potassium: 108mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 0.2mg