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Friday, September 19, 2014

Of the millets my parents gave me, samai (Little millet in English, Kutki in Hindi, Sama in telugu, Same in Kannada, Chama in Malayalam) is the last one to try. One day I was craving to have pongal, but wanted to try with millets. So tried my hands with samai. It came out really superb. I used to make our regular pongal this way, i.e; temper directly in pressure cooker and cook all together for pongal – my mom’s way. Its been a long time since I made this way. My mom never adds turmeric anyways. But I added. If you want to replace rice in your diet, this is one of the best option to make pongal. You hardly will know its not rice.
Samai / Little millet recipe

Samai/ Little millet pongal recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Breakfast
Prep Time: 5 mins    |  Cook time: 20 mins    Serves: 2


Samai / Little millet - 1/2 cup

Moong dal / Payatham paruppu - 2 tblsp

Ginger - 1/2 inch piece, crushed

Turmeric - 1/8 tsp

Ghee - As needed

To temper

Ghee - 2 tsp

Pepper (Black whole pepper) - 1 tsp

Jeera - 3/4 tsp

Green chilli - 1

Curry leaves - 1 sprig

Asafoetida/ Hing - A pinch


  1. Heat a small pressure cooker with ghee, first pop pepper, add jeera the other ingredients together (green chilli slit) and give a stir. Add ginger, moong dal and fry for a minute. Wash samai, add it into the cooker. Mix well.
  2. 1-temper
  3. Add 2 cups water, salt and mix well. Bring to boil and close the cooker, give 4 whistles in medium flame. Once done, let the pressure release by itself. Open and mash well.
  4. 2-cooked


    • For 1/2 cup samai, 2 cups water is perfect, so do not hesitate to add.
    • If its too dry, mix 1/8 cup hot water and mix.

Serve hot with ghee topped if desired, with sambar and coconut chutney.


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  1. Happily finish tat full bowl....thnx for sharing

  2. healthy pongal...looks yum...

  3. hi is it the same as rajgira.if not can i try with rajgira ?..want to try this..really your family is blessed..you keep teaching us more and more healthy yummy recipes.

  4. Nice one. Can you please post recipes using cholam

  5. Lovely raks tempting tempting tempting ....tomorrow breakfast decided

  6. Going to try this tomorrow.

  7. Tried this today..came out best...all of us loved d flavour...thnx...


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