Foxtail Millet Upma
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Foxtail Millet Upma | Millet Upma

Foxtail millet upma is a fulfilling healthy dish that is loaded high on nutrition, low in calories and is a perfect choice for all those who are looking for a healthy wholesome quick breakfast/dinner recipe.

Foxtail millet upma

My father insisted that I try millets and he asked me to create a recipe using any one the millets. At the time I was living in the USA and could find only foxtail millet in our grocery store. I bought foxtail millet and after a lot of thinking, I made foxtail millet upma because it has more or less the same texture like semolina and who does not need a healthy wholesome breakfast. Breakfast look simple, but they have to be planned ahead and healthy because your day depends on it and I present one more option to add to your list of breakfasts.

I can speak Hindi, Kannada, Telugu and I can understand Tamil, Punjabi well and very little of Gujrati and Marathi. I will tell you what this millet is called in different languages

Names for foxtail millet in other languages is as follows:
Navane in Kannada
Korralu in Telugu
Kangni in Hindi and Punjabi
Thinai in Tamil
Kang in Gujarati and Marathi

Foxtail millet upma tasted almost like regular upma but health-wise it’s way nutritious. I have used Foxtail millet in this recipe, you can replace it by any other millets. If you are trying to implement millets in your diet, do try this upma once, you will definitely make it again.



  1. 1 cup Foxtail millet / Navane
  2. 2-2.5 cup Water
  3. 1 medium-size onion finely chopped
  4. 1 small tomato chopped
  5. 1/2 cup Mixed veggies (Beans, Carrot, Peas, etc ) ( Optional ) finely Chopped
  6. 2-4 Green Chillies Chopped
  7. A few Coriander leaves Chopped
  8. 1 tsp Lemon juice
  9. Salt to taste
  10. 2-3 tbsp grated coconut (optional)
To Temper :
  1. 1/2 tsp Mustard
  2. 1 tsp Split Black gram Urad dal
  3. 1/2 tsp Bengal Gram Chana Dal
  4. a pinch Turmeric / Haldi powder
  5. few Curry Leaves


  1. Rinse the foxtail millet and soak in water for 10-15 mins. Drain water and keep aside.
  2. Heat a pan and add oil.
  3. Add chana dal, urad dal, and mustard. Fry till they turn golden brown and mustard splutters. Later add curry leaves, diced onion, and chopped green chili. Saute for a minute or two till the onion turns slightly pink. Add chopped tomatoes.
  4. Add finely chopped mixed veggies. Then add some salt, turmeric and saute for 3-4 mins.
  5. To that add water. Keep the flame on medium-high and bring it to a boil.
  6. When the water starts to boil add foxtail millet, lemon juice, and adjust the salt. Mix well. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes on low flame.
  7. Once foxtail millet is cooked ( until all the water has been absorbed by the millet and feels cooked and looks grainy ) add coriander leaves and coconut (optional). Toss once and switch off.
  8. Serve Foxtail millet / Navane upma hot as is or with chutney.

Note: Foxtail Millet is Diabetic Friendly.

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