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Monday, June 9, 2014

Samai Thayir Sadam-Little Millet Curd Rice-Millet Recipes

Samai or sama is the smallest of all millets, that is why it is called "Little Millet'. Little Millet is known as Samai in Tamil, Same in Kannada, Kutki in Hindi, Sama in Telugu and Chama in Malayalam. This is one of my comfort food. Little millet, kodo millet (varagu) and barnyard millet (kuthiraivali) are more or less like eating rice, you will not know much difference. Do try it and give me your feedback. Today we will learn how to make little millet/samai thayir sadam following this easy recipe.

Saamai Thayir Sadam-Little Millet Curd Rice

Saamai Thayir Sadam-Little Millet Thayir Sadam

Saamai Thayir Sadam-Little Millet Curd Rice

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves: 1
 Recipe CategoryMillet Recipes
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Little millet -1/2 cup
   Curd/plain yogurt - 3/4 cup
   Milk - 1/4 cup (boiled and cooled)
   Carrot -2 tbsp (finely chopped)
   Raw mango -1 tbsp (finely chopped)
   Capsicum -2 tsp finely chopped (optional)
   Salt to taste

   For the seasoning

   Oil -1 tsp
   Mustard seeds -1 tsp
   Green chillies -1 finely chopped
   Ginger -1 inch piece -finely chopped
   Curry leaves - few
   Coriander leaves -1 tbsp finely chopped


Wash and pressure cook millets with 1 1/2 cup of water. The millets should be a little mushy. You can also cook covered in a pan. For more details check out How to cook Millets

Add milk and mash it well when it is hot. Once it cools, add curd, salt needed and mix well.

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add green chillies, ginger, curry leaves, carrot and capsicum. Saute for 2-3 seconds and add it to the samai thayir sadam.

Add finely chopped mangoes and garnish with coriander leaves.

You do not need any side dish for this. It tastes good as such.

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  1. After reading the health benefits of millets from your site only I'm inspired and started cooking them.
    Really thankful for the recipes !

  2. I have had it few times during my childhood at my relative ... This recollects me the memory of how it tasted like

  3. Even Venpongal tastes great when cooked using Pearl millet...

  4. Would like to know if millets are permissible in ekadasi ?


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