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Samai upma recipe | millet recipes

by Jeyashri suresh

South indian breakfast recipes

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.
Check out my other millet recipes:

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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Kaveri Venkatesh November 17, 2014 - 7:01 am

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

Suchi Sm November 17, 2014 - 3:20 pm

Healthy upma..

Nivedhanams Sowmya November 17, 2014 - 4:38 pm

looks so tempting.. should try this one!!

velmani mani September 14, 2015 - 11:11 am

Healthy food. I vil try this

Prathima Peramgadu February 8, 2016 - 2:59 am

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 🙂

Shruti June 27, 2017 - 2:53 pm

Where can I buy these?..

jeyashri suresh July 4, 2017 - 8:14 am

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

Bhooma October 7, 2018 - 3:04 am

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


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