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Little Millet Upma (Samai Upma)

Written By Super Samayal on Sunday, February 28, 2016 | 8:00:00 AM

Usually, we make  Upma with sooji, wheat rava, sago, semia. For a variation and curious to do an healthy breakfast, you could also try it with Samai.

I had already shared the health benefits on Samai in my post on Samai Kozhukattai. Please do check it out.  Let's get straight to the preparation of this healthy and tasty recipe.



Ingredients :

Millet Samai - 3/4 cup
Water - 2 cup
Onion - 1 finely chopped
Coriander leaves - few chopped
Salt - to taste

Temper :

Oil - 1 tbl spn
Jeera - 1/4 tspn
Mustard -1/4 tspn
Green chilli - 1 tbl spn finely chopped
Curry leaves - 5-6 leaves
Hing - a pinch

Method :

  • Place the cooker on the stove and add oil. Add tempered items as above.
  • Then add onion and green chilli and add little salt. By adding salt to onion it will cook fast and it is less time consuming too.
  • Meanwhile wash Samai and keep it ready.
  • When Onions are transparent add water and salt. While adding salt, see to it that you add it as little as required since we added salt with onion also.
  • When water starts bubbling add Samai give a quick stir and close the lid.
  • When pressure starts to build, lower the flame to simmer and cook it for 10 minutes and then switch it off.
  • Once pressure releases open the lid add coriander and fluff it up gently with fork. Don't use spatula for stirring as it will become sticky and lumps will be formed.
  • Again close the lid and let sit for 5 more minutes (not on the stove).  If you leave it on the stove, because of the heat it will become more softer. This tip is from my mom.
  • Serve this on a plate and enjoy this hot Samai Upma with any chutney, pickle and sambar.

Tips :

  • Add veggies like carrot, beans, peas, cauliflower.
  • Since I used cooker for this Upma, it was soft and not sticking together while eating.
  • Try this Upma with other millets like Kodri, and Barnyard etc.

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