Showing posts with label little millet. Show all posts
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Little Millet / Saame & Moong Dal Sweet Pongal

                          Little Millete/Saame & Moong Dal Sweet Pongal


Ready to serve Little Millete/Saame & Moong Dal Sweet Pongal

Little Millet/Saame is one of the healthy millet and millets are on the healthy wave these days. Though it is said even in those days may be thousands of years ago in India people used to only millets as their daily food not rice. Millets  are grown easily and they do not need much water either.
I have prepared Little millet Huggi and of course it is one of the easy dish that you can cook when you are expecting some guest. No one can say no to this yummy dish I know.
I have used Moong dal, little millet, jaggery, ghee, cardamom and some dry fruits. The fresh coconut adds to the taste.
Little millet is full of fiber and gluten free. It is easy to digest and keeps you full for a long time. It is good for diabetic patient and helps to maintain the blood sugar level.
Let us see the recipe now :

Things Needed :

Little millet : 1 Cup
Moong dal : 1/2 Cup
Jaggery : 1/2 Cup
Fresh grated coconut : 1/2 Cup
Cardamom : 3 to 4 pods
Salt : A pinch
Ghee : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Milk : 1/2 cup

Method :

1. Wash and cook little millet and moong dal. Add 1/2 cup of milk while cooking.
( 1 Cup little millet : 2 cups of water + 1/2 cup of moong dal : 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup milk. All together 3 cups ).


2. Now keep jaggery in a pan and put some water. Let it melt completely. Sieve this jaggery water and keep the clean jaggery water aside.

3. Keep  a big bowl on the fire and put cleaned jaggery and cooked little millet with moong dal. Add a tablespoon of ghee, so that it does not get burnt at the bottom.
4. Mix all the ingredients nicely. Add salt. Let it turn bit thick. (Let it be on low flame).
5. Mix it well and let it cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Powder cardamom and add it.


6. Grate coconut and add it.


7. Keep a small pan on the fire and put remaining ghee. Fry dry nuts in it. ( Raisins, cashews).


8. Shift the ready Little Millet/Saame & Moong dal Sweet pongal to a serving dish.
9. Put fried nuts and serve hot Little Millet/Saame & Moong dal Sweet Pongal.


Note :

Adding milk while cooking adds to the taste. Add milk along with water. It is better to cook in pressure cooker because it turns soft and nice. Or you might feel the millet grain bit hard. Adding less or more jaggery is optional. Adding more/less ghee is optional. You can add one or two cloves along with cardamoms. It gives nice aroma and good for digestion.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 4 to 5 .

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Little Millet Lemon Rice/Same Chitranna

Millets are known as healthy grains these days because of their health benefits. They are rich in fiber, free of gluten and keeps you in good health. I have used little millet and prepared lemon rice.
Little millet is known as Same akki in Kannada language/Karnataka/India. 


I have used Little millet, lemon, coconut and green chilly.
Let us see some benefits of using "Lemon" in our diet.
Lemon is known for its healthy properites. It is a good blood purifier, contain antioxidants, and helps in good digestion. It helps in treating indigestion, constipation, throat infections, fever and obesity. It also helps in treating respiratory disorders, cholera and high blood pressure. They do take care of our skin and helps in strengthening our bones, immune system and cleanse our stomach. Lemon juice is helpful in treating kidney stones and lowering body temperature. They have vitamins like vitamin C, Vitamin B6, vitamin A, Vitamin E and minerals like copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus and protein.
Let us see the recipe Now :
No Onion or No Garlic is used in this recipe.

Thing Needed :

To Cook :
Little Millet : 2 Cups
Water : 4 Cups
To Season :
Coconut Oil : 1 Tablespoon
Mustard seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1 Teaspoon
Curry leaves : 6 to 8
Green chilly : 3 to 4
To Add :
Grated coconut : 1 Cup
Grated ginger : 1 Teaspoon
Salt : As required
Ghee : 1 Tablespoon
Turmeric Powder : A pinch
Cashew Nuts : 6 to 8 (Optional)
Lemon : 1
Coriander leaves : 2 to 3 Tablespoons.

Method :

1. Clean wash and cook little millet in pressure cooker. Leave it for cooling.

2. Wash and cut green chilly, curry leaves and coriander leaves.
3. Wash and remove the outer layer of ginger and grate it.
4. Grate coconut and keep it aside. Extract lemon and keep the juice aside.

5. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add coconut oil, mustard seeds and urid dal.
6. Let mustard seeds splutter. Add slit green chilly and curry leaves.

7. Add cooled little millet and mix it slowly.
8. Add turmeric powder, ghee, lemon juice and mix it nicely. Let the flame be on low.

9. Add grated coconut and  fried cashew nuts. ( Fry it in a teaspoon of coconut oil).

10. Shift the ready Little millet lemon rice to a serving dish. Serve with a cup of curd.

Note :

Do not add more water. It might turn watery and the lemon rice does not taste good. Use the exact required water. ( The ratio is 1 : 2 - one cup millet and 2 cups of water).
Adding onions or garlic is optional. You can use more/less chilly. Use of any cooking oil is optional.
Adding fresh coconut is optional.
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 3 to 4.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Saame/Little Millet & Moongdal Quick Dosa

Same/Little millet & Moong dal dosa is one of the healthy dosa that is good option for breakfast and it is always good to start a day with healthy breakfast.


One should always enjoy eating breakfast and it is surely helps you to pull your day quite interesting and cheerful. The proverb goes like this and you must heard it also, one should have breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and the dinner should be pauper. That does mean one should have good breakfast, lunch as bit less and the dinner should be comfort one. One should eat the dinner early and it should be minimum intake. It helps you to be healthy and keeps you fit.
I have prepared little millet/Same and moong dal dosa and it it one of the quick dosa. You can do it without fermenting the dough. Adding little curd helps the dosa to be soft and mild savoury taste.

Let us see some benefits of eating " Curds/Yogurt " in our diet.
Curd/Yogurt is filled with minerals and vitamins. Curd is good for bones and teeth. It is good for digestion. Curd helps to improve our immunity system. It helps in regulating blood pressure level. Curd helps in controlling cholesterol level in our body. It is loaded with vitamin B 5, B-12 and helps in maintaining the healthy red blood cells and nervous system. It has protein vitamin d and calcium.
Millets have no gluten, filled with minerals, vitamins and fiber and moong dal helps in providing proteins and carbohydrates to our body.
I have used little millet/moong dal and little methi/fenugrik seeds.
The dosa turns nice and it is better  to have them as Hot.

Things Needed :

Saame /Little Millet : 2 Cups
Moong Dal : 1 Cup
Methi Seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Salt : As required
Curd/Yogurt : 1/2 Cup
Oil/Ghee : 2 to 3 Tablespoons

Method :

1. Clean, wash and soak saame in a big bowl for at least for 3 hours.

2. Clean, wash and soak methi seeds and moong dal.

3.Grind it with required water and remove it from the mixi jar.


     Put the ground dough in a big bowl. Add salt and curd.

4. Mix it nicely and let the dough rest for 5 to 10 minutes.

5. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Clean the tava with a kitchen tissue.
5. Take a ladle of the dough and spread it on the tava in circle shape.

6. Now sprinkle oil on the top of dosa, cover and cook. (1 to 2 minutes).
7. Turn the other side and cook for another minute.

8. Saame /Little millet dosa is ready to serve.

9. Serve with the curry of your choice.

10. Add little ghee on hot dosa with a cup of coffee.

Note :

Clean the saame grains nicely. Cleaning grains is very necessary. Adding curd helps the dosa to be soft and yummy. You can reduce the flame while cooking. Cooking low flame for sometime helps the dosa to be crispy. Adding ghee instead of oil is optional. You can allow the dosa dough to ferment and then prepare dosas. Taste differ.
Time : Soaking time : 2 Hours + Grinding and preparing dosa 15 to 20 Minutes,
Serves : 3 to 4 .

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Little Millet Dals Dosa

Same /Little Millet is one of the healthy millet. Now a days millets are given more importance because of their healthy properties. I have tried Little millet  Dals dosa. It is very nice and loaded with proteins since I have used 4 varieties of dals.

Moong dal, toor dal, urid dal and channa dal are used with little millet.
Dals are known for their rich protein properties. They are good energetic ingredients with carbohydrates. Little millet is full of fiber and is gluten free.
 The advantage is that you can use the batter once you grind it. Batter can be fermented and then used. I have tried both the ways. Both dosas are nice to have.
Let see the recipe now :

Ingredients :

Little Millet : 2 Cups
Methi seeds /Fenugrik seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Thin Avalakki /Poha /Aval : 2 Handful
Toor dal : 1/2 Cup
Urid dal : 1/2 Cup
Moong Dal : 1/2 Cup
Channa Dal : 1/2 Cup
Salt : As required
Oil : 3 to 4 Tablespoons.

Method :

1. Clean and wash little millet and then soak it separately.

2. Wash all the dals and methi seeds and soak it.
3. Clean Avalakki and then soak it separately.
4. Soak all the ingredients at least for 3 hours.
5. Grind it with required water.
6. First grind dals and then add little millet and flattened rice/Avalakki.
7. Add salt and mix it nicely. Let it ferment over night.

8. Mix the dosa dough in the morning nicely.
9. Keep a tava on the fire and heat. Put little oil and clean it with kitchen tissue.
10. Take a ladle full of dough and then spread it on the hot tava. (Let the flame be very low).

11. Sprinkle oil on the top and cook on medium flame.
12. Turn the other side and cook for 10 seconds. (Optional).
13. Remove hot dosa from pan and serve it with your choice of your side dish.

14. Add little ghee on the top of hot dosa. We had it with sambar and jaggery. Prepare dosas the same way. (Remaining dough)

Note :
Use of ghee/oil is optional. (To prepare dosa).
Thin/Thick dosas are optional. You can also add little pepper , jeera and ginger powder to dosa dough. ( Optional). Do not add more methi. It might soften the dosa. You do not feel hungry for a long time because dals are digested slowly.
Time : 10 Minutes to prepare dosa + Soaking time 3 hours + fermentation - 5 to 6 hours. 
Serves : As you like it. (15 Small thin dosas can be prepared).
Little Millet -Dals dosa can be prepared as soon as grimd the dough. Add little salt and mix the dough well. Add 1/2 Cup of curd. Mix it well and prepare dosas.




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