Varagu paal payasam / Kodomillet porridge


Millet are a gluten free much sought after by the diet world. In fact they have been cultivated for more than 3000 years and play a big part of traditional food. Yet,  with the modern food markets booming,  the consumer need for these millets had fallen rapidly.
One of the lesser known millets is the Kodomillet/varagu/ kodra/harka are now looked upon as a good alternative for carbs for diabetics. In addition, they are found to have reducing abilities towards triglycerides and C reactive protein. Nevertheless, the low cooking time, and the 11%protein content attracted me more to this grain.
Honestly I found it difficult to procure this when we were in Benagaluru. Now the easy accessibility to it makes millets  definite appearance in our week menu plan.
With respect to cooking can near easily call “cooking couscous.” Now that’s a term we coined and may not be applicable elsewhere.

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Varagu paal payasam/ Kodomillet porridge

A ancient grain to the modern table
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Desserts, Traditional
Cuisine Indian, Kids choice, South indian
Servings 4 people


  • 1/2 cup Dehusked kodomillet varaguarisi
  • 1/2 tsp ghee / clarified butter
  • 1 litre low fat/ full cream milk
  • 1/2 tsp green cardamom
  • 1/4 cup Sugar/brown sugar to taste


  • In a pan gently roast the kodo millet with the ghee about two minutes continuously stirring it around.   Yes, half tsp ghee is just enough to coat the millet. Over loading it will make it greasy...and squarely beats the purpose being towards the healthier side
  • Remove on to a plate and cool for a few minutes
  • In a deep sauce pan add the millets, and the milk and gently bring them to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer away.
  • Keep stirring to make sure it doesnt catch the bottom
  • Meanwhile pound the cardamom and keep it ready.
  • The simmering should be on.till the grains cook well, swell up and turn glassy. They will be like mini glass beads. this process may take around 7-10 minutes
  • Add in the cardamom and take it off the heat. 
  • Stir in the sugar/ brown sugar till it dissolves well. Taste test....and serve.


  • You can even chill it as a cold dessert top it will fruits.
  • Dehusking this tiny grain is quite a painful process. We recommend you to get the one which is already dehusked.
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