Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Kuthiraivali Upma | Millet Upma | Breakfast Recipe

Kuthiraivallu Upma, an quick and easy to make breakfast with the millets. This is one of my recent favorite breakfast recipe to make on my lazy days. It's quite similar to the arisi(rice) upma in taste and texture. Once i had knew the knack of cooking the millet perfectly, i have been trying out various recipe with millets in the place of rice and this upma is one among of my successful experiment of using millets in the place of rice. It turned out so delicious and fluffy.
The tempering used in this upma really goes well with the millets. I have tried the same upma recipe with kodo,little & branyard millet. All turned out well, so you can use any millets for this upma as per your liking. I personally like coconut flavor in all my upma dishes,so i have used coconut oil and grated coconut here in this recipe too.  Without further delay, let's check out the recipe, but if you want to know what i have prepared for past 2 days under Whole Grains, here they are
Day 1 - Kambu Koozh
Day 2 - Millet/Samai Puliyodharai

Kuthiraivali Upma

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Millet | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Barnyard Millet - 1/2 cup
Pearl Onion - 4
Green Chili - 2 nos
Ginger - 1 tsp(chopped)
Curry leaves - few
Grated Coconut - 2 tbsp
Coconut Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard 1 tsp
Channa Dal - 1 tsp
Water - 1 cup
Salt - to taste

Soak the millet in the water for 20 mins, peel the onions and chop them into small piece,slit the green chili. Heat the kadai with oil, add the mustard and let it crackle.Add onion,chili,ginger,curry leaves,channa dal one by one and saute till the onions becomes translucent. Then add the water and salt.Let the water comes to boil , drain the water from the millet and add into the boiling water. keep the flame in medium and cover the pan, let it cook until all the water absorbs. Finally add the grated coconut and mix it well.Tada,  Healthy Millet Upma is ready fo serve. Taste as good as on its own or you can serve it with chutney or sambar.

  • Ginger gives great flavor to the upma, so highly recommend to add it.
  • Instead of coconut oil, you can use any cooking oil as per your liking.
  • Carrot & frozen peas can also be added into upma.
  • Soaking the millet is necessary to achieve softly cooked millets.


  1. Wonderful recipe with this millet. I need to check if I get these millets here.

  2. Lovely and healthy twist to usual upma, who can resist to this ultimate breakfast dish. I dont mind having some anytime of the day.

  3. wow millet upma makes a fantastic breakfast dear :) looks so yummy and upma with kuthuravaill is such an interesting variation from the regula upma .. Wonderful recipe dear !!

  4. This upma has turned out so nice and fluffy. Will add coconut to upma the next time I make it.

    1. Adding coconut really enhance the taste,PJ. Give it a try!!!

  5. I have never tried upma with millets. This version sounds like an easy to make and delicious upma.

  6. Wow that is really fantastic one!..thanks for sharing, will surely try it out sometime..

  7. Definitely trying this .cooked to perfection and healthy!!

  8. We have added millets to our regular meals very recently and I am always in a search of tried tested Delicious recipes. The upma looks fantastic and would make such a healthy and delicious meal.

  9. Such a simple yet such a flavor packed millet upma this is. I love the addition of coconut at the very end -- adds nice texture and flavor to the dish.

  10. As you said all lies in the cooking of the millets. Love your version. Nalla udiri udiriya vandruku. Super.

  11. I always keep a bag of barnyard millet as use only in fasting. This upma sounds like another amazing idea to use to=hose millets.

  12. I love this millet version of upma. Looks so delicious. A great dinner option for me as I try and serve millet dishes for dinner.

  13. I like coconut flavour in upma too. My Pati used to
    Make rava upma with just urad dal, hing, rava and coconut and that was amazing ! I think it’s very similar to what u have made

    1. Yeah, coconut flavors makes the upma so tasty. Thanks Kalyani

  14. I make this quite often, love Millets for their quickness and taste! Upma looks perfectly done!

  15. I love the texture of the Upma, I love that it is grainy because I do not like mushy upma. What a great idea to use millets instead of rice or semolina.

  16. Upma looks perfect in texture and I bet in taste department as well. The millet I get in the American store is yellow in color and when I see all these millet names in food blogs, I am tempted, I need to try it in Indian store or during my India visit.

  17. Lovely and healthy millet recipe.. looks perfectly done.. bookmark.