Millet recipes to welcome 2023

Millet recipes to welcome 2023

Jan 03, 2023

Millets are the wonder grains with immense health benefits. Check out some of the traditional millet recipes that are simple and easy to prepare.

With climate change and sedentary lifestyle dominant, many countries and organisations have been taking meaningful steps to adopt healthy global diet. And millets play a major role in achieving this objective. With the UN FAO declaring 2023 as the International Year of Millets, these tiny yet mighty grains are sure going to be the superfood of the future.

Let’s welcome the new year with a healthy start that will remain consistent, maximising good health and preventing the chances of chronic diseases.

Here are a couple of simple sweet and mildly spicy millet recipes to try:

Finger millet pudding

  • Finger millet – 1 cup
  • Organic jaggery – 1 cup
  • Dates – ¼ cup
  • Coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Ghee – 3 tablespoons
  • Cashew nuts – 1 tablespoon
  • A pinch of cinnamon and cardamom powder


Heat ghee in a pan and fry cashew nuts till it turns to golden colour.

Boil finger millet (ragi) in sufficient water.

Once cooked, add blended dates and jaggery.

Once the mixture thickens, add coconut milk, cinnamon, cardamom powder, ghee.

Stir well, garnish with fried cashew nuts and serve hot.

Little millet Pongal (kutki/Samalu)

  • Moong dal – 1/2 cup
  • Soaked little millet – 1 cup
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Black pepper - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tablespoon
  • Green chillies – 3
  • Finely chopped ginger – 1 teaspoon
  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • Salt – proportionately


Roast moong dal till it turns golden and aromatic.

Wash the dal thoroughly and add soaked little millets, salt and 4 cups of water.

Cook in a cooker. Turn off the flame after four whistles.

Heat ghee in a pan. Add cumin seeds, green chillies, black pepper, cashew nuts, ginger, curry leaves and asafoetida.

Pour this seasoning over cooked little millet and moong dal mixture.

Drizzle ghee and serve hot.

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