Methi mattar millet flakes upma

methi mattar millet flakes upma

If millet still carries the reputation of being bird food, I would rather be that bird. This pseudo-grain is far healthier than most stuff we eat. Millet is an ancient grain finding its roots deeply embedded in our culture. Sustainable as a crop with great drought resistance, millet has seen much more media coverage recently and had been gaining popularity as a gluten-free option.
The swap over to millets in my household was consciously slow. Ragi was perhaps the easiest as my husband used to it with the Karnataka cuisine. Over the period of time I have used various millets and in different forms. Now, millets come up at least 3 to 4 times a week in our meals. To add variety, the various forms make it so easy to use.

Whole grain

The whole grain millet can be cooked and use it just like we use rice. I prefer the saucepan method to cook millets and use them in the following recipes or simply with a curry on the Indian thali meal
Do you have trouble cooking millets?

Here is the link you can follow how to cook millets perfectly?

To use, try these recipes
Mushroom millet pulao
Soft cooked millet can be used to make
Thani Kara Pongal
KodomilletThairr saadam


As a gluten-free flour, millets make a wonderful base to bake cakes and muffins.
Try this   Finger millet (ragi ) chocolate cake for instance
Dry roast the millet and use it as a flour to make sweet treats
Here I have used Pearl millet (bajra) in a ladoo recipe aka energy ball


I love to use the grits to make a porridge, both a sweet one or the savoury.
Little millet ( saamai) Koozhu
Kodomillet (varagu) Pal payasam


This is the first time I am using millet flakes. The flakes are much smaller than poha or flattened rice and soften much faster. So this is a very quick method to have a satisfying meal.

millet collection
This quick upma recipe with little millet is quite filling. Further, I am going to try these flakes to do dahi chuda or ladoo as well.

This contribution


This recipe is added to Shh cooking secretly challenge. This millet recipe collection was proposed by  Aruna, who has partnered with me earlier as well. My partnerfor this challenge is  Poornima, who had thoughtfully checked what is available for me at this lockdown period. She the proposed millet flakes and green chillies as my secret ingredients which were available in my pantry. So I added in the fresh fenugreek leaves and frozen peas to create a kharabath style upma. The little millet flakes are really tiny and soak up in a matter of seconds. The vegetables lightened the density of this upma. I am so glad I tried this as it is the quickest upma I have made so far. Hope you enjoy it too.
Stay tuned for more recipes and try the millets today. I have served this millet upma with Almond chutney and masala chai

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millet flakes upma

methi mattar millet flakes upma

Methi mattar millet flakes upma

Fenugreek and peas in kara bath style upma
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Main Dish, Traditional
Cuisine Autumn, diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, Indian, One pot, South indian, Spring, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people


vegetables needed

  • 1/2 cup Onion ( chopped)
  • 1 large bundle fenugreek leaves ( approximately giving 1 cup of chopped fenugreek)
  • 1 cup frozen peas ( Or fresh)
  • 1-2 green chilli
  • 1/2 tsp ginger ( grated)
  • 10-15 curry leaves

for millet flakes

  • 3 cups drinking water
  • 1.5 cups millet flakes

Other ingredients

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil ( or any cooking oil / Ghee)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Urad Dal
  • salt to taste
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder


Prep work

  • Pick the fenugreek leaves, Wash clean and chop them to get 1 cup tightly packed leaves.
    meal prep
  • Keep the peas ready, Chop the onion, ginger and green chillies and set aside
  • In a large bowl add the millet flakes and the water and soak them for three minutes
  • Drain the millet flakes and keep them aside.

To make the upma

  • Add the coconut oil a deep heavy pan and follow it by the mustard and the urad dal ( split blackgram dal)
  • Add the ginger, green chillies, curry leaves, and chopped onions and saute till onion translucent
  • Add the fenugreek leaves and peas and saute them
  • Add the salt, turmeric powder and the asafoteida and mix well.
  • Add the soaked millet flakes and mix it all well on a low heat
    millet flakes
  • Mix well till te millet flakes are well coated with the mix of vegetables and the slight bit of water in the mix evaporates.
  • The upma is ready, serve warm with chutney
    millet flakes upma
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The Girl Next Door
4 years ago

I started buying millet flakes recently too, and using them in conjunction with the regular rice flakes. Your millet upma looks so delicious and tempting! I’ll definitely try out your version shortly. 🙂

4 years ago

Use of millet flakes in upma is interesting. It is so nutritious and healthy.Will look out for millet flakes here once things are back to normal. Upma looks scrumptious.

sharanya palanisshami
4 years ago

Different upma with millet flakes and it must be delicious with the addition of methi and green peas.

4 years ago

I have never tried millet flakes and this looks quite an interesting way to include millet in your diet. A quick and a healthy way to include nutritious food. Looks yum

Mayuri Patel
4 years ago

Such an innovative recipe Seema, I have seen millet flakes being sold in Bangalore and they also include them in cereals but have not used them. Next time will definitely buy them as now I have a recipe to follow. Such a healthy start to the day and I too prefer millets over other grains.

4 years ago

this looks like my kind of dish, Seema ! I must try sourcing the millet flakes online (not available here in local markets)… the quick upma is very tempting !

Poonam Bachhav
4 years ago

Your post is tempting me to get hold of some millet flakes . This methi matar millet upma sounds so nutritious and filling !

4 years ago

This is such an interesting dish. Goodness of millets, methi leaves and green peas makes it a perfect one pot lunch/dinner dish.

4 years ago

Methi mattar millet flakes upma looks delicious and very inviting. Never heard about millet flakes, such a healthy and tasty breakfast.

Sujata Roy
4 years ago

Methi matar millet upma sounds so nutritious and delicious. Always used flour never used millet flakes. Now I will try sometime. Loved the use of methi in the upma.

4 years ago

Never used millet flakes..this such a wonderful idea to use millet flakes ..peas, methi and millets this is one healthy dish to start the day!!

4 years ago

WOW !!! seema this upma looks so so healthy and delicious 🙂 I have not tried my hand in using millet flakes, will surely buy if i get. it must be more delicious with the addition of methi and green peas here…………..

4 years ago

Sounds interesting idea with millet flakes. So healthy and nutritious upma.

4 years ago

Wow, what a interesting recipe using bajra flakes. Love to try this.!

4 years ago

I too will prefer to be the bird, Seema after all birds of the same feather… Your millets flakes umpa looks yum. I have not tried flakes but this sounds interesting! Will definitely love to try making upma with millets flakes.

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