Mushroom millet pilaf

Mushroom millets pilaf
 As much as I love rice pilaf I am in love with the pearls of millets in pilaf form too.  This dish of mixed origin or historical trail, with a grain cooked in broth,  is the most delectable one.
Whether you want to call it pilaf, pulao, fulao, polo or by any name you prefer, the recipe stands for its undeniable fragrance from the sauteed onions and the added whole spices.
This was one of the first recipes I fell in love with mushrooms in. Til then I really did not care much about them.

A little more about millets


Millets are small seed grains from grasses…
Bring hardy grasses, climate-smart plants,  they can grow on soil with minimal fertility.  Due to this versatility, it is becoming more popular back again than bring mere bird food.  After being neglected for quite a while… It great to see this tiny packet of nutrients,  receiving the tag of responsible eating.  Millets have been traced back as a very ancient grain and are slowly back yo popularity since it is gluten free also.
 The complex carbohydrate in millets is well appreciated by diabetic diet as the glucose spike is not observed commonly with millet consumption. The prolonged consumption of millets has been recognised in better blood lipid profiles too.
millets as a pilaf
In this recipe, I have used foxtail millet Sataria italica. The grains upon cooking have a texture like a couscous and hold well when stir-frying with the mushroom masala.
Thinai, Korra, Kanani, Navane in various Indian languages or “awa” as in Japanese, or “jopsal” in Korean shows that this ancient grain was once popular and patronised in the ancient communities. So here is my way of adapting the same…enjoy
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Mushroom millets pilaf

Mushroom millet pilaf

Masala infused millets
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, Indian, International, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people
Calories 245 kcal


For the millets

  • 1 cups Foxtail millet
  • 2.5 cups drinking water

For the mushroom masala

  • 1 tbsp olive oil or any other cooking oil.
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger root
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup Onion white, chopped
  • 200 g button mushrooms
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • salt to taste

to garnish

  • 1 tbsp chives chopped fine


  • Wash, drain and set the millets aside
  • In a saucepan add water and let it come to a boil
  • Add the millets and a pinch of salt to the boiling water. Cover and cook till the water is absorbed completely.
  • Remove from heat, fluff and set to cool.
  • Meanwhile. wipe the mushroom with a wet towel and slice them.
  • Finely chop the onions, mince the garlic and ginger and keep ready
  • Into a warm wok add olive oil followed by chopped onion, garlic and ginger. Saute till the onion turns translucent.
  • Add the mushroom, and mix well
  • Now add garam masala powder and salt. cover for a couple of minutes.
  • As the mushroom releases the liquid, the masala coats it. suate till the liquid almost dries up and add the fluffed millets.
  • Toss the milets well with the mushroom masala
  • Serve warm with chives or any other herbs of choice.


You could toss in a handful of roasted pistachios as the recipe nearly is ready for an added crunch.


Serving: 150gCalories: 245kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 7gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 435mgPotassium: 155mgFiber: 6gSugar: 1g
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Kankana saha
3 years ago

UNESCO History of Humanity tells us the foxtail millet was consumed by the neolithic community in China. Innovative for me aa i never made pilaf with foxtail or mushroom. Will definetely try if it is available in delhi.

Shobha Keshwani
2 years ago

Such a healthy pulao.. I have never tried cooking anything with this grain.

Sujata Roy
2 years ago

Mushroom millet pilaf sounds delicious and healthy treat. Awesome share. Thanks for the well explained recipe.

2 years ago

Sounds healthy and yummy. It’s a very creative pulao and it looks scrumptious.

2 years ago

fabulous share Seema! I liked your detailed information on millets as well as the recipe.

Mayuri Patel
2 years ago

Love your simple intro to millets.I love cooking with all types of millet. Making a mushroom millet pulao is a good idea as I love mushrooms.

2 years ago

This is interesting, millet pilaf and mushroom. Bookmarking this as never tried this . Loved to read about millets.

2 years ago

I love east to make meals ..the millets you used a great way..The pilaf looks delicious

2 years ago

Pilaf looks so delicious and healthy share. I love millets in my meal. Awesome share 🙂

Vidya Narayan
2 years ago

Seema, that Pilaf looks absolutely delicious and wholesome. You know by now, I am a big fan of anything that is healthy and has great nutritive value so really happy seeing the post, with the details. As bloggers, we should really promote healthy eating apart from the indulgences here and then. Millets have been ignored for long, very rightly pointed out by you and its high time we resort to such options if we are really serious about staying healthy for the next 20 years.

2 years ago

Delicious and chokeful of nutrients! And mushrooms do add fantastic depth of flavours to pulaos. I’ve made veg Pulao with quinoua and mixed vegetables, your recipe goes next on the list.

Poonam Bachhav
2 years ago

I have recently started adding millets to daily meals and trust me they taste great apart from the nutritive value ..pearl millet is my favourite and I use it in dosa, upma and khichadi. Your dish sounds interesting and since my son loves Mushrooms to the core ..I can certainly give this one a try. Thanks for the share

2 years ago

Lovely share Seema, I do want to try this but with soya chunks may be.

2 years ago

superb seema, you have tried so many millet recipes. Loving this millet pilaf, so nutritious and filling. Adding mushroom making it a protein packed too.

2 years ago

I love the look of this millet pulao and I would love to try it out too.

2 years ago

I love the versatility of millets and how they can be used in any form. This pilaf looks very inviting .

2 years ago

Mushroom millet pulao is an interesting alternative to the normal rice pulao.Healthy and yummy share.

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