Little Millets Idli | Samai Idli

little millets idli | Samai idli
little millets idli | samai idli
Little millets idli

Little Millet (Panicum miliare), one of the small millets, is called kutki in Hindi, sava (Marathi), gajro (Gujrati), same (Kannada), samai (Tamil), and samalu (Telugu). It is suitable for most age groups esp diabetics and those looking to manage weights and avoiding rice . Little millets are almost like proso milltes from same family but much smaller .

Most millet varieties have low carbs and therefore slows digestion, therefore causing no spikes in blood sugar, releases sugar slowly and slows down glucose absorption . They also have dietary fibre and gluten free.

  • Little millets are more fibrous just like Barnyard millets
  • some varieties of kodo millet and little millet have have 37% to 38% of dietary fiber, which is the highest among the cereals. Fiber helps maintain sound digestion and satiates hunger quickly.
  • Like foxtail millet and barnyard millet, little millet is also high in Iron.
  • Little millets have good fat PUFA
  • Little millets have flavonoids that act as a good defense mechanism for the bodys immune system .
  • Antioxidants present in little Millet helps promote good health by managing diabetes and cardio vascular, inflammation and gastrointestinal problems .

Benefits of Little Millet

Little millet contains magnesium which can helps improve heart health. Vitamin B3 (niacin) in little millet helps lower cholesterol. Little millet is also a good source of phosphorus which, helps with fat metabolism, body tissue repair and energy production.

chutney recipe

1/2 cup fresh grated coconut ( only white part, scrape off the brown skin )

3 tbsp fried gram dal ( pottukadalai )

2-3 green chillies

some curry leaves


pinch of asafoetida powder

some finely chopped coriander leaves

small piece of ginger

grind all the above to a smooth paste .

you can temper if you wish with a tsp oil , 1-2 broken red chillies , mustard seeds .

.I dilute this after setting aside some thick chutney , by adding little water for immediate consumption , as the watered chutney will not taste good after sometime , so make sure to use only as needed .

usually in most roadside eateries in Bangalore Tumkur side, they serve this kind of watery chutney for idlis to soak in .

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Little Millets Idli | Samai Idli
Healthy samai idli , diabetic friendly and good for weight management recommended by doctors , as a substitute for rice
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 7 minutes
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 7 minutes
  1. wash the millets well, in several changes of water till it runs clean
  2. wash udad dal and methi well
  3. soak all ingredients together for 5 hours which needs to be washed and soaked just 15 minutes before grinding
  4. grind batter to thick idli batter consistency, allow to ferment
  5. prepare idlis or dosa with same batter
  6. for extra crispy dosa, add 2 tbsp rice flour to batter
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