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Millets have been the most ignored grains for long in Indian meals. In one of my earlier post I have shared the benefits of millets. Do visit this recipe to know more.

This is my brekkie for the day Foxtail Millet Upma with Chai something absolutely simple and quick making it into my #100healthybreakfasts series. Foxtail millets are high in calories, giving strength and energy. It is a vegan food and also gluten free cereal, rich in proteins, and low in fat. Foxtail Millet has good amount of fibre content, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and carbohydrates. It does not have sugar in any form.

Foxtail millet is a diabetic food. Unlike rice, foxtail millet releases glucose steadily without affecting the metabolism of the body.

Some of the Health Benefits of Foxtail Millets

  • It is good to control diabetics (Controls Blood Sugar Level)
  • Keeps your digestive tract clean
  • Reducing Heart Attack Risk
  • High in Anti-Oxidants
  • Helps in weight loss
  • Reduces gastric problems

Ingredients for 2 people:

  • Foxtail Millet – 1 cup
  • Chopped Mixed veggies (carrots, beans, peas, onion) – 1 cup
  • Chopped Green Chilli – 1
  • Chana Daal – 1 tablespoon
  • Urad Daal – 1 tablespoon
  • Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Ghee (Clarified Butter) – 1 tablespoon
  • Handful Curry Leaves
  • Salt as per taste
  • Fresh Coriander Leaves – for garnishing
  • Lemon Wedge (optional)


  • In a pan, I tempered mustard seeds in ghee for few seconds.
  • Added mixed veggies like carrot, peas, onions, curry leaves and green chillies and for some protein added some chana and urad daal and sautéed everything for 5 mins on medium flame
  • 1 cup of millet was then added to this mix and sautéed on a low flame for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Added 2 cups of water and let it cook under a cover.
  • And within 15 mins I had my upma ready. Garnished it with some fresh coriander leaves and a lemon wedge.
  • This can be paired with coconut chutney or pickle as well.

Happy Cooking!

#100healthybreakfasts by Paulami

Foxtail Millet Upma


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