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samai akki upma

Little millet upma with step by step photos ? Samai Upma | Millets upma

Little millet is known as samai in tamil,saame akki in Kannada, Kutki in Hindi, Sama in telugu,Chama in Malayalam .

After receiving green signal for my kodo millet dosa and idly , i am trying various millet recipes these days. So this time i tried another safe recipe using little millet . Since everyone loves upma in my home , i knew this too would be accepted without a fuss . Little millet upma tasted almost like rice upma but health wise its way way nutritious . If you are trying to implement millets in your diet, do try it once, you will definitely make it again and again…

samai akki upma


Smitha Kalluraya
Little millet Upma - a variety in upma made using little millets
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine south indian
Servings 2 serving


  • 1 cup Little millet
  • 2 - 2.5 cups Water
  • 1 medium size onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Mixed veggies (Beans,Carrot,Peas etc ), ( Optional ) finely Chopped
  • 3-5 nos Green Chillies, Chopped
  • few Coriander leaves, Chopped
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • to taste Salt

To Temper 

  • 2-3 tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard
  • 1 tsp Split Black gram/ Urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp Bengal Gram /Chana Dal
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric / Haldi powder  
  • few Curry Leaves


  • Dry roast little millet in a pan or kadai for about 5 min , such that they are aromatic.
  • To the same pan add oil and heat. Add chana dal, urad dal and mustard. Fry till they turn golden brown and mustard splutters.Later add curry leaves,onion and green chilli . Saute for a minute or two till the onion turns slight pink.
  • Add finely chopped mixed veggies. Add some salt ,turmeric and saute for 3-4 mins.
  • To that add water .Keep the flame on medium high and bring to boil .
  • When the water starts to boil add roasted little millet, lemon and remaining salt.Mix well.Cover and cook for about 10 minutes on low flame .
  • Once little millet is cooked ( until all the water has been absorbed by the millet and feels cooked and looks grainy ) add coriander leaves and coconut . Toss once and switch off.
  • Serve little millet upma hot as such or with chutney .
Keyword little millet upma, millets upma, samai upma, seeme akki upma

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  • Reply
    marudhus kitchen
    June 15, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Lovely scrumptious upma that is so ggod for health

  • Reply
    Sathya Priya
    June 15, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Healthy delicious upma ..

  • Reply
    Rafeeda AR
    June 16, 2015 at 5:10 am

    healthy and filling breakfast…

  • Reply
    Amrita Roy
    June 16, 2015 at 7:44 am

    nice way to millet in diet

  • Reply
    Shweta Agrawal
    June 16, 2015 at 8:22 am

    who doesnt like upma…my favorite…millet sounds inetresying 🙂

  • Reply
    June 16, 2015 at 10:43 am

    healthy yummy and filling breakfast

  • Reply
    Sony P
    June 17, 2015 at 1:29 am

    Looks inviting & yummy!

  • Reply
    Meena Kumar
    June 17, 2015 at 1:43 am

    Looks like u are on a roll with millets Smitha.Upma looks super healthy I am so glad that these millets are making a comeback.

  • Reply
    Maha Gadde
    June 17, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Upma looks yummy n healthy ..

  • Reply
    July 25, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Thank you Smitha for this yummy n healthy recipe☺

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    sheetal soni
    July 27, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    This is truly amazing, i should be trying this over the week-end, thanks for sharing

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    Suma Nandu
    August 17, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Hi Smith, today I prepared upma milliets it came out nicely. Thank you.

  • Reply
    March 18, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks for some delicious millet recipes! Tried dosa n kodo millet upma. Will try this one too!

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