Saturday, May 10, 2014

Samai Arisi Upma

#SamaiArisiUpma : #Samai is a #millet and it is known as #Littlemillet in English. It is called #Kutki in Hindi.

#Little Millet (Panicum sumatrense, Syn.: Panicum miliare auct. non Lam.) is a species of millet in the family Poaceae. Source :

Samai Arisi [ Little Millet ]

I bought a kg of samai rice in an Agricultural exhibition at agricultural University of Chhattisgarh, Raipur. Millets are widely grown in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh. A stall of Bastar Agricultural Department were selling all types of millet. Previously Little millet I bought in Chennai seems to be polished and white in color. But this one is slightly dull in color. The grains are looking same as varagarisi but smaller in size.

The Nutritional composition per 100 gm 
printed on the cover :
Protein                                  7.7 %
Fat                                        4.7 %
Fibre                                     7.6 %
Calcium [ mg/100 gm ]         17 %
Iron [ mg/100gm protein ]     9.3 %

Samai Arisi Upma [ Little Millet Upma ]

Here let me present the method of preparing upma with this millet.

Ingredients :
1 cup                                       Samai [ Little Millet ]
1 big size                                 Onion, chop nicely
3                                             Green chilly, slit lengthwise
15                                           Curry leaves
1/2 inch                                   Ginger, chopp nicely
1 Tsp                                      Salt [ adjust ]

To Temper :
1 Tsp                                     Mustard seed
3 Tsp                                     Gram dal [ channa dal ]
1/4 Tsp                                  Asafoetida powder
3 Tsp                                     Gingelly oil [ till/sesame oil ]

Method :
Wash the millet in water two times.
Remove stones, sand particles from it.
Drain water completely and keep aside.

Keep a heavy bottomed kadai/vessel on a stove over a slow flame.
Add oil and splutter mustard seeds.
Then add gram dal and asafoetida powder.
When dal becomes golden color, add curry leaves, green chilly and ginger.
Saute for a minute and then add chopped onion.

Saute until it gives out aroma and turns pink in color.
Add salt and 2 cups of water.
Bring it to boil.
When starts boiling add samai and mix well.
Close and reduce the flame to SIM.
Open and stir well once in 3 minutes.
The samai [ little millet ] takes approximately 10 minutes to cook.

Keep it closed for 3 more minutes after turning off the stove.

Serve hot with coconut chutney or Mint chutney.

Samai Arisi Upma [ Little Millet Upma ]

I prefer jaggery!!....

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