September 25, 2022

Little Millet Poha - Samai Poha (Vegan breakfast)

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 Millets are a very good alternative to rice due to their low glycemic index (GI) value which helps in control of insulin and absorption of carbohydrates into the blood stream making it ideal for people with Diabetes.  

Millets also help in weight loss as they are rich in proteins and fibre.

There are lot of millets available like Jowar, Bajra, Ragi ,Little millet, Kodo millet , Barnyard Millet etc . You can very conveniently replace the usage of rice with millet and work towards a healthy lifestyle. 

I am slowly trying to transition into using millets in my daily diet and I am certainly seeing a lot of difference.  Sudden hunger pangs,  mid morning cravings have reduced a lot and millets keep me full for a long time. 

Little Millet is known as Samo Chawal/Kutki  (Hindi), Samai Arisi (Tamil),  Saame (Kannada) , Samaalu (Telugu) .

Little millet is very rich in Magnesium,  Vit B components and also in phosphorous and zinc which help in building energy in the body. 

Making little millet poha is very easy, almost same as making the Poha using Flattened rice.  You can flavor and season it with the spices of your choice.  

Little millet flakes are available in most leading super markets and shops .Also there are many exclusive outlets selling millet based products from where we can procure them easily . 

Preparation Time - 10 mins
Cooking Time - 10 mins
Complexity - easy
Serves - 2 to 3


1.5 cups little millet poha /flakes 
2 tbsp oil
Handful of peanuts 
Handful of frozen peas (thawed )
1tsp cumin /jeera
2 green chillies chopped 
Few curry leaves 
Salt as needed 
2 tsp lemon  juice
Pinch of turmeric 


  • Wash the little millet flakes under running water and let it rest in a colander for 10 15 mins . The millet flakes absorb the water and turn soft. 
  • Heat the oil in a kadai, fry the peanuts followed by cumin ,green chillies, curry leaves.
  • Throw in some salt and turmeric followed by the soaked little millet flakes and also the green peas .
  • Toss it well ,cover and cook for 3 to 4 mins . Lastly mix the lemon juice and garnish with fresh corriander and serve hot.

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  1. This is a good one for breakfast. Samai Poha, I am yet to try it in my kitchen. It looks delicious.

  2. I've never tried little millet poha. Wish I could get some to try out your recipe. So healthy, filling and inviting. Where do you buy them from in Bangalore?

  3. millet flakes are the craze in the south, although here I need to buy them online from organic stores. the lemony millet poha is so inviting to dig into ! - Kalyani

  4. Little millet poha, looks interesting! Will try it out. Millets indeed are making a come-back round a globe. I need to brace myself with more such interesting quick recipes. Nice post!

  5. OMG! I did not know we can get millets poha! I wish I can lay my hands on them. Love the delicious poha you have made here. Perfect for us.

  6. Super, t times we used to get millet pohas here. With these new restriction of product iport, I will have to wait for the day that I can get my hands on some. I am sure the poha is the quickest with litlle millet.

  7. Little millet poha sounds super healthy, filling, nutritious and super tasty. Perfect wholesome breakfast dish. I will try it soon if I can get Little millet here.


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