South indian breakfast recipes Samai-upma

Saamai | Little Millet in English | Kutki in Hindi| Chama in malayalam| Sama in telugu, is a very healthy variety of millet. Samai arsi is is best for diabetic people and has high fibre content  too. Samai upma i recently tried for breakfast and it was a super hit too. I made in the same style of semiya upma . This samai upma is ideal for breakfast and also for dinner too.
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Samai upma

  Preparation Time : 10 +15 mins soaking| Cooking  Time : 15 Mins |   Serves : 2

     Samai arisi    1/2 cup
     Small onions    8
     Green chilli   1-2
     Mustard  seeds  1/4 tsp
     Urad dal    1/4 tsp
     Oil       1 tsp
     Salt    as needed
    Water   1 and 1/2 cup
    Carrot and peas   2 tblsp each     


  • Wash the rice and soak it in water for 15 minutes. Chop the onions into round slices.
  • In a pan add oil and add in the mustard seeds, urad dal, green chilli (slit) and the onions.
  • Saute this in a medium low flame till the onions turn pink.
  • Add in the vegetables and add salt.  You can add potato and beans too if you want.
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  • Add 1 and 1/2 cup of water and allow this to boil.
  • Drain the water from the soaked samai and add it to the boiling water.
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  • Keep the flame very low and if needed cover the pan with a lid. It took 7 to 8 minutes to get completely cooked.
  • Since we soaked it for 15 minutes, it reduces the cooking time.
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  • Fluff it up with fork and serve it hot. .
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  • I personally loved it with sugar and you can have with pickle too.
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  1. Soaking reduces the cooking time. So soak the samai rice for 15 minutes.
  2. If you are in a hurry and do not have time to soak, add 2 cups of water while cooking.
  3. You can add any vegetables of your choice.
  4. I added 1 green chili but felt 2 would have been ideal as i felt that it is slightly bland. I use the small chili.

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  1. I am yet to try these millet varieties...can't find them here..but sure sounds easy and looks delicious

  2. looks so tempting.. should try this one!!

  3. Healthy food. I vil try this

  4. It turned out great...Thanks for making it easy for us to cook healthy millets...ur blog turned out to be my source for authentic and fool proof recipes :)

  5. Where can I buy these?..

    1. Now a days we get in most of the Indian stores.

  6. Tried it today and came out well. Many thanks for receipe