Saturday, November 21, 2015

Millet Cutlet Recipe-Little Millet Patties-Saamai Tikki

Millet Cutlets/Patties is a simple and healthy dish that can be had for lunch, as a tea time snack, as a party snack or can be packed in kids lunch box. I have also shared a quick sauce or dip which goes well with the millet cutlets. Today we will learn how to make millet/samai cutlets following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

millet cutlet

Millet Cutlet Recipe-Saamai Tikki

Millet Cutlet Recipe-Saamai Tikki

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 8 Millet Cutlets
 Recipe CategoryLunch-Snacks-Millets
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   Millet - 1 cup cooked
   Oil - 2 tbsp
   Onion - 1/3 cup
   Garlic - 2 tbsp minced
   Green chilli - 1 finely chopped
   Ginger - 1 tbsp finely chopped
   Carrot - 1/2 cup grated
   Turmeric powder - a pinch
   Salt to taste
   Pepper powder to taste
   Harissa spice powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped
   Flaxseed powder - 1 1/2 tbsp
   Curd/plain yogurt - 2 tbsp

   Oil for shallow frying patties

   For the sauce

   Olive oil - 2 tbsp
   Onion - 1 finely chopped
   Garlic - 2 tbsp minced
   Ginger - 1 tsp finely chopped/grated
   Ripe tomatoes - 3 big
   Salt to taste
   Pepper powder to taste
   Herbs (basil and oregano)


Cook millets following the instructions on How to cook Millets. I have used little millet (saamai) to make this cutlet. You can use barnyard millet (kuthiraiwali) or kodo millet (varagu) also to make this millet cutlet. Once you have cooked millets, fluff it with a fork and keep it aside.

Mix flaxseed powder with curd and let is sit for 10 minutes. This is used for binding. You can use 1 egg in place of flaxseed + curd. Another option is to use cheddar cheese.

Wash, peel the skin and grate carrots using the grater with big holes.


Heat oil in a pan, add finely chopped onions, green chilli, garlic, ginger and saute until onions turn transparent.

sauteing onions

Add grated carrot, salt, pepper powder, turmeric powder, harissa spice powder (optional) and cook covered. Sprinkle water in between and cook until carrots turn soft.

millet cutlet recipe

Once the carrots are cooked, add cooked millets, finely chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Cook for a further few seconds.

Then add flaxeed + curd mixture and mix well.

how to make millet cutlets

Leave it to cool. Divide the mixture equally and shape into patties as show in the picture below. You can refrigerate the patties for 15 minutes, if required.

millet patties

Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the patties both sides until golden brown. Serve with quick homemade sauce and enjoy.

saamai tikki-little millet tikki

Quick Homemade Sauce for the millet cutlets

Before preparing the cutlets, prepare the sauce or make both side by side.

Blend the tomatoes and keep it ready.

Heat olive oil in a pan, add finely chopped onions, garlic and ginger. Saute until onions turn transparent.

Add blended tomato puree, salt and pepper powder to taste and cook until it thickens stirring from time to time.

instant homemade sauce

Add dry basil and oregano and mix well. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve as a side dish for millet cutlets.

quick tomato sauce recipe

Enjoy Millet Cutlets hot with quick homemade sauce.

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  1. Lovely idea to make cutlets with millets and with the wonderful sauce it must be awesome.

  2. Looks healthy. Can this millet be replaced with brown rice? I stay in Bangalore and dont know where we get millets.

  3. millet means is it kollu? pls confirm. Nice posting

  4. Magic123- Timbaktu Organics, 24 Mantra Organics are all based in Bangalore and are selling good quality millets. You can make cutlets with brown rice though I have not experimented with it.
    Revathy - Kollu is horse gram. Millets are called "siru thaniyam" in Tamil. Millets are one of the oldest foods known to humans and possibly the first cereal grain used.

    1. Thank u. Let me try & post the feedback

    2. I prepared following ur instructions. Happy that healthy food can also b made tasty.

  5. Yummy! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipie.

  6. Thank you , how to bake this in otg oven pls rel mode and temparsture

    1. Pre-heat oven at 180 degree C .Then bake at 180 degree C until it turns golden brown.

  7. U mentioned that egg can be used for binding. in pan we have to mix with millets?

  8. Yes, you have to mix it with the millets after beating it lightly with a fork.

  9. Padhu .. I tried it .. Taste is superb however i didnt get outer layer crisp . Vl it be soft only or how to make tikki crisp

    1. You have to fry on low heat until it turns brown and crisp on the outside.


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