Little Millet Khichdi / Sama Chaler Khichuri / Samai Khichdi

Little Millet Khichdi is my today's post. In Bengali little millet is known as sama chal. Millets are type of grains used for fodder and human food.  Millets are kind of magical grains and have lot of nutrition values. They are good for weight loss as well as diabetic people. People who are allergic to gluten, they can consume millets as they are gluten-free.

Is millet something new that came to the market holding the hand of supermarkets?

And the answer is no... Our ancestors were well aware of the nutritional benefits of millets and they had some traditional recipes (different recipes in different parts of India) to include millet in their diet. Few years back I did not have any idea about the name 'millet' though I was well aware with the name of ragi (Foxtail Millet), Jowar (Sorghum), Bajra (Pearl Millet), Sama (Little Millet) and many more. Yes, I was not aware of their English names.

Today I am sharing little millet khichdi recipe which my mom used to prepare. This is a very wholesome meal with no onion or no garlic. In some parts of  India, Little Millet Khichdi is prepared for fasting days. That recipe is different from the recipe I am sharing here. In the fasting sama khichdi normally dal is not used. I have added moong dal along with seasonal vegetables to make it a healthy one pot meal. This can be cooked in a single pot (pressure cooker). A nutritious meal when you are in a hurry or just no mood to cook or in a mood to eat comfort food. It could be a very good meal for diabetic person and in that case avoid adding potatoes.

Preparation time - 10 minutes
Cooking time - 40 minutes
Serves - 2

Little Millet Khichdi / Sama Chaler Khichuri / Samai Khichdi


Little Millet - 1 cup
Yellow Moong Dal - 2/3 cup
Potato - 1 medium, cut into elongated shape
Carrot - 1 medium, cut into elongated shape
Beans - 6 to 7, cut into 2 inch long
Cauliflower - 8 to 10 florets
Green Peas - 2 tablespoon
Green Chilli - 1 or 2
Bay Leaf - 1
Ghee - 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Ginger Paste - 1 teaspoon
Cumin Powder - 1 teaspoon
Coriander Powder - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric Powder - 1 teaspoon
Refined Oil - 2 tablespoon

1. Wash little millet and moong dal separately and keep aside.
2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add a bay leaf.
3. Add potato and carrot and stir for few minutes.
4. Later add beans, green peas and cauliflower florets. Stir them for some time.
5. Add salt and turmeric powder and mix them well.
6. Next add ginger paste, green chilli, cumin powder and coriander powder. Mix them well under low flame to avoid burning.
7. Now add moong dal and little millet into the cooker and mix with all the spices.
8. After 5  minutes add water accordingly and close the lid of the pressure cooker.
9. Wait for 2 to 3 whistles under medium flame.
10.Once the pressure releases open the lid and mix it with a ladle carefully.
11. At this moment if you feel the khichdi has soaked all the water, you can add little water and boil for few minutes without the lid.
12. Check the seasoning and when the consistency is just right, switch off the gas and drizzle ghee on top and serve hot with pickle or papad.


  1. I have never tried cooking with Sama .. must do it as I know it is a healthy grain.

  2. Very nutritious and healthy!

  3. This looks lovely... wholesome and just apt on a fasting day...

  4. That's a very healthy kichdi with all those vegetables in it... one comforting meal!

  5. A whole composite of ingredients coming together for the every loved tastiness. Yum.

  6. What great timing. I have just bought a bag of millet and will try a variation of this recipe :)

  7. looking so comforting.. would love to dig in..


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