Delicious and Nutritious: Ishva Kodo Millet Upma Recipe

Delicious and Nutritious: Ishva Kodo Millet Upma Recipe


Upma, a traditional South Indian dish, gets a healthy twist with Ishva Kodo Millet—a nutritious grain known for its health benefits. This Ishva Kodo Millet Upma recipe combines the wholesome goodness of millets with flavorful spices and vegetables, making it a perfect choice for a nourishing breakfast or a light meal. Here’s how you can prepare this delightful dish:


  • 1 cup Ishva Kodo Millet
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 green chili, chopped (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 inch ginger, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green peas
  • 1/4 cup carrots, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup beans, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish


  1. Preparation:

    • Rinse the Ishva Kodo Millet thoroughly under running water.
    • Soak the millet in water for about 15-20 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Cooking Ishva Kodo Millet:

    • In a saucepan, add 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil.
    • Add the soaked and drained millet. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and let it cook for about 10-12 minutes or until the millet is tender and water is absorbed. Fluff it with a fork and set aside.
  3. Making Ishva Kodo Millet Upma:

    • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter.
    • Add cumin seeds, hing, and curry leaves. Saute for a few seconds until fragrant.
    • Add chopped onions, green chilies, and ginger. Saute until onions turn translucent.
    • Add peanuts and saute for 1-2 minutes until they turn light golden brown.
    • Add chopped tomatoes and cook until they become soft and mushy.
    • Add chopped vegetables (green peas, carrots, beans) and saute for 3-4 minutes until they are partially cooked.
    • Add cooked Ishva Kodo Millet (upma), salt to taste, and mix well until everything is combined evenly. Cook for another 2-3 minutes on low heat.
  4. Garnish and Serve:

    • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
    • Serve hot Ishva Kodo Millet Upma with coconut chutney or pickle.


  • You can adjust the consistency of upma by adding more or less water depending on your preference.
  • Feel free to customize with your favorite vegetables or add roasted cashews for extra crunch.


Enjoy the wholesome goodness and nutty flavor of Ishva Kodo Millet Upma—a healthy breakfast option packed with nutrients and flavor. This dish not only satisfies your taste buds but also keeps you energized throughout the day. Try this recipe and embrace the goodness of millets in your daily diet!

Happy Cooking!

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