Quick Breakfasts – Millet Upma

Remember this foxtail millet pulav? I tried upma and it was so good. apparently foxtail millet is used as grain for birds. as it is very cheap, it is eaten by farm labourers in india who cannot afford to buy rice. the reason foxtail millet or korralu is gaining prominence as a health food is its high nutritive value. the cooked grains taste very similar to broken rice and can be an easy substitute. if you are tired of the rava and wheat rava or semia upmas, here’s a new one to try.

Millet Upma (serves 2)

2/3 cup foxtail millet, washed and soaked in water for 10 minutes

1 tablespoon oil

1 teaspoon whole mustard seeds

1 teaspoon urad / black gram dal

1 teaspoon bengal gram/ channa dal

a few curry leaves

a few sprigs of fresh coriander leaves

salt to taste

21/2 cups hot water

2 green chillies, slit

in a wok or kadai, heat the oil. Add the bengal gram and urad/ black gram dals and fry for a minute till it changes colour, add the mustard seeds and allow them to pop. add the slit green chillies and the curry leaves. add the hot water and salt and bring it to a boil. when the water is bubbling, drain the soaking foxtail millet and add it to the water, stirring continuously so that there are no lumps. add the salt, check and adjust. Cover and cook on a low flame for about 10-12 minutes. check in between to ensure there is enough water to keep the millet moist. when the water has been absorbed, the millet should be cooked soft but still firm. remove the lid, stir in the coriander leaves. Serve hot with a chutney or pickle.

here are some more links to using foxtail millet as a rice substitute

mahanandi’s korra annam

hema’s kitchen’s korra parvannam

cooking4allseasons korra annam with fenugreek leaf dal

3 Comments Add yours

  1. arundati says:

    @priya: i was surprised that the cooking time was far lesser than i’d imagined. the taste and texture was wonderful.

    @kadhyaa: check in fabindia or ethnic stores like mother tree in koramangala. i got mine from a store similar to that.

  2. kadhyaa says:

    foxtail millet whats that i havent come across that before looks nice

  3. looks jolly good, i make somethg similar & enjoy it !

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