Delicious and Nutritious Ishva Little Millet Upma Recipe

Delicious and Nutritious Ishva Little Millet Upma Recipe


Welcome back to our blog! Today, we're diving into the world of wholesome and healthy breakfasts with a special recipe featuring Ishva Little Millet. Millet is a fantastic alternative to more commonly used grains like rice and wheat, offering a myriad of health benefits. Our focus today is on Little Millet, known for its high fiber content, rich mineral composition, and low glycemic index, making it an excellent choice for a nutritious start to your day.


  • 1 cup Ishva Little Millet
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon urad dal (split black gram)
  • 1 tablespoon chana dal (split chickpeas)
  • 1-2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, finely chopped
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • 1/2 cup mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, beans), finely chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped (for garnish)
  • Lemon wedges (optional)


  1. Preparation of Little Millet:

    • Wash the Little Millet thoroughly under running water. Soak it in water for about 15-20 minutes. This helps in faster cooking and better texture.
  2. Cooking the Upma:

    • Heat ghee or vegetable oil in a pan over medium heat. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter.
    • Add cumin seeds, urad dal, and chana dal. Sauté until the dals turn golden brown.
    • Add finely chopped green chilies, onions, ginger, and curry leaves. Sauté until the onions turn translucent.
    • Add the mixed vegetables and sauté for another 3-4 minutes.
    • Drain the soaked Little Millet and add it to the pan. Mix well and sauté for 2-3 minutes, ensuring the millet is well-coated with the spices.
    • Add 3 cups of water and salt to taste. Stir well, bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pan and let it simmer until the millet is cooked and the water is absorbed (about 10-15 minutes). Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  3. Finishing Touches:

    • Once the millet is cooked and the Upma has a fluffy texture, turn off the heat. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
    • Serve hot with a wedge of lemon on the side for an extra zing.

Health Benefits

  • Rich in Fiber: Aids in digestion and helps maintain a healthy weight.
  • Low Glycemic Index: Ideal for managing blood sugar levels, making it suitable for diabetics.
  • Packed with Nutrients: High in iron, calcium, and essential B-vitamins, which contribute to overall health and well-being.


Incorporating millets like Little Millet into your diet can transform your meals into nutritious powerhouses. This Ishva Little Millet Upma is not just delicious but also an excellent way to start your day on a healthy note. Give it a try and let us know how you enjoyed this recipe!

Happy cooking!

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