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Millet Upma

Millet Upma

Here’s a step-by-step recipe for making Millet Upma, a savory South Indian dish that is both delicious and healthy. This recipe uses foxtail millet, but you can also use other millet varieties like little millet or kodo millet.


  • 1 cup foxtail millet
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, bell peppers)
  • 2-3 green chilies, finely chopped (adjust to your spice preference)
  • 1/2-inch piece of ginger, finely grated
  • A few curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish (optional)


  1. Rinse and Soak the Millet:
    • Rinse the foxtail millet thoroughly under cold running water until the water runs clear.
    • In a bowl, soak the rinsed millet in enough water for 15-20 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Prepare Vegetables: Chop the mixed vegetables into small, uniform-sized pieces.
  3. Heat Oil: Heat the cooking oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pan or kadai over medium heat.
  4. Temper Mustard and Cumin Seeds: Add mustard seeds to the hot oil. When they start to splutter, add the cumin seeds and let them sizzle for a few seconds.
  5. Sauté Onions and Aromatics: Add the chopped onions, green chilies, grated ginger, and curry leaves. Sauté until the onions turn translucent.
  6. Add Vegetables: Add the chopped mixed vegetables to the pan. Sauté for a few minutes until they start to soften.
  7. Add Millet: Drain the soaked millet and add it to the pan. Stir well to combine with the vegetables and spices.
  8. Season and Cook: Sprinkle turmeric powder and salt over the millet mixture. Mix everything thoroughly.
  9. Add Water: Pour 2 cups of water over the millet mixture. Stir well.
  10. Simmer and Cover: Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan with a lid, and let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the millet is cooked and the water is absorbed. You can check for doneness by tasting the millet for tenderness.
  11. Finish with Lemon Juice: Once the millet is cooked, turn off the heat and squeeze the juice of one lemon over the upma. Mix it in for a burst of freshness.
  12. Garnish and Serve: Garnish the millet upma with fresh coriander leaves if desired. It’s now ready to serve.
  13. Serve Hot: Millet upma is typically served hot on its own or with coconut chutney, tomato chutney, or pickle.

Enjoy your homemade and healthy millet upma!

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