Looking out for simple, quick and easy recipe with millet? Then try this Savoury Barnyard Millet Porridge. This is family favourite meal recipe. I make this savory millet porridge very often on weekdays. Millet porridge, which I am sharing with you today is gluten-free, vegan, low in calories, easy to digest, rich in plant-protein and full of fiber. Serve this with your choice of dal and any curry.
Once in a while there comes a time…. when food world is flooded by new ingredients or an ingredient goes viral. Few years back where Oats were in huge fashion…now the spotlight is on millets. You can find millet recipes flowing on internet. Millet are age old grains and I have heard lot about these grains from my grandma and mom in law. Now as millets have popped up like wonder food…all thanks to ‘Dr. Khader Vali’, a food and nutrition expert from Mysore who preaches advantages on including millets in our daily food, I keep on getting requests to share recipes with millets.
My use of millets was up to Bajra (Pearl Millet) and Raji (Finger Millet) only. But no as many varieties of millets are easily available in market…I often pick up Barnyard Millet which is popularly known as kuthiraivali in Tamil, odalu in Telugu, oodalu in Kannada and jhangora in Hindi. After trying my hands on Barnyard Millet Onion Uttapam and Kodo Millet Curd Rice….I thought of sharing with you my very favourite Savoury Barnyard Millet Porridge, which is my dinner most of the time, these days.
Do you need to soak millet for porridge?
Soaking millet before cooking will help in cooking them faster. For recipes like pongal and khichdi, I soak barnyard millet (sama rice) 2-3 hours before cooking.
Soaking will not only cook millet faster but also make it softer. If you have time, soak millet ahead to see the difference.
Benefits of Savory Barnyard Millet Recipe
Easy to Cook
Gentle on Tummy
Rich in Plant-Protein
Rich in Fibre
Must Try Indian Millet Recipes
Main Ingredients need to make savoury millet porridge are,
You can make plain porridge by just adding water and salt to millet. But I like flavourful and creamy barnyard millet porridge. So, I used little garam masala and ginger-garlic paste.
Barnyard Millet: These grains are rich source of dietary fiber, protein, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium fat, vitamins and some essential amino acids.
Ginger-Garlic Paste: This is bring flavour in the porridge.
Garam Masala: I use garam masala, if I am serving this savoury Barnyard Millet Porridge with non-vegetarian curry. Otherwise, I will skip adding it.
- 1 cup Barnyard Millet
- 1 medium Onion, peeled and finely chopped
- ¼ tbsp. Ginger-Garlic paste
- ¼ tbsp. Garam Masala, optional
- 1 Green chili, chopped
- 1 tbsp. Oil
- Salt, as per taste
- 3 cups of Water
How to make Savory Millet Porridge on Stovetop
- Thoroughly wash and soak barnyard millet in enough drinking water for at least 30 minutes. (Soaking will reduce the cooking time).
- In heavy bottom cooking vessel or sauce pan, add oil and when it heats up add sliced onions along with chopped green chilies.
- Fry till the onions turn translucent. Now add ginger-garlic paste and fry till raw smell wafts.
- To this add soaked barnyard millet and gently stir it. Add water and salt. Stir and cook covered on low flame. Stir in-between to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- Cook till millet is completely cooked by adding garam masala*. Check by pressing a grain in between your thumb and fore finger, if it turns soft and mushy, then it is cooked.
- Add love to make this savoury barnyard millet porridge taste ‘Yummy’.
How to make Savory Barnyard Millet in Pressure Cooker
- Add oil to pressure cooker and add sliced onions and green chillies. Fry on medium flame till onion turn translucent.
- Now add ginger-garlic paste and fry till raw smell wafts.
- To this now add soaked barnyard millet and stir for a minute.
- Add water, salt, garam masala and place the lid. Pressure cook for 2-3 whistles.
- Wait till pressure settles. Remove the lid and gently with a spoon or fork fluff the millet.
- Serve hot with any dal and stir-fry.
Lubna's Serving Suggestions:
Savory barnyard millet recipe is quick, easy and healthy one pot meal recipe. You can serve this with any dal and any stir fry recipe.
Tastes best when served with tomato dal or sambar and stir-fry potatoes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 171mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g