What are the benefits of Indian country's rice?

The ‘Little millet’ ( in Tamil it is called "Samai"), a small grain cultivated in the dry land, is very valuable. Like other cereals, it does not require much water. Yields throughout the year, even in high temperatures and without rainfall. Another advantage is that it can be harvested within 65 days of planting. Farmers will cultivate more if people started eating more little millet.

Farmers also get better yields with less work. Its use has declined over time as the epidermis is hard and does not polished like rice. Samai is called 'Little millet' in English. It is called ‘Gutki’ in Hindi. In Telugu and Kannada, it is somewhat called ‘Sa-ma’, ‘Sa-me’.

Now hard top skin removed little millet is available. We do not require to remove the skin when using this. Like rice, it can be easily used to cook many dishes. We could understand this by looking at the purchase. Although it could be pierced and unskinned like a millet, many did not use it due to a lot of work to prepare.

We can make nutritious flour out of this for kids. Dry roast the unskinned little millet until a nice aroma starts and cool down and make a powder. Add 1 part fried gram to 3 parts of millet when making flour and make porridge. 

It can be given to children from the 7th month. Mix 1 tablespoon of flour with 1 tumbler of water and bring to a boil. When the baby grows a little, it can be boiled like a pulp. Add a little salt. Adding milk can reduce water. But start using milk only after 9 months.

Foods made with little millet are suitable for all ages. Very easy to digest. There are no side effects. Help to avoid constipation.

Although a little millet is more expensive than rice, it is rich in nutrients.  Stomach full even if we take a small amount. Get all the nutrients you need without supplements. Taking little millet will not make you hungry for too long. You could cook quickly. When you look at these qualities the benefit is greater than the price paid.

We can cook and eat like rice. No pressure cooker is required. 2 parts of water are enough for one part little millet. Sometimes it even takes two and a half. No need to soak.

Heat the water in a heavy saucepan, add the washed little millet when it comes to a boil, mix lightly once it comes to a boil, cover, and simmer over medium heat until the moisture evaporates. They won't stick to each other. Do not stir frequently in the middle. Even if you have one-third of the amount of rice you eat, the stomach will be full. You can take along with Sambar, Kuzhambu, Poriyal, Rasam, and Curd and eat anyway.

We can make many tasty dishes like Pongal, Uppuma, Idli, Dosa, Paniyaram, Biryani, Pudding, Murukku, Alva, Laddu, Kesari, Adhirasam, Roti

Let's prepare at our home.


100 grams of little millet contains 7.7 grams of protein. This protein helps in the growth of the body, to strengthen the bones, muscles, and flesh strong. In addition, it gives good energy to the cells going to the brain. Relieves mental fatigue. Can get good sleep.

It contains 7.6 grams of fiber. It helps to prevent constipation. Weight does not increase. Ideal for diabetics as it slowly releases glucose into the blood. It will lower cholesterol.

It contains 67 grams of starch. This flour is gluten-free. So that will give the full benefit. Calories measured in energy would be 341 per 100 grams.

It contains 9.3 mg of iron. We can get one-third of our daily iron by taking 100g little millet. It can be given not only to pregnant women but also to nursing mothers. It can be eaten from an early age to prevent anemia. Suitable for all ages. It contains more iron than millet. Two and a half times more than in Ragi.

Calcium is less than millet but remains ready to absorb. (Contains 7 milligrams.) One-third of millet.

Mineral salts: Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Copper, Manganese, Zinc, and many other important minerals can be obtained from little millet.

B complex vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid are all available. 

It can help pregnant women as well. It contains folic acid, which prevents the development of children with cerebral palsy. Constipation does not occur.

Prevents anemia due to high iron. It helps in the production of healthy cells. There are many important vitamins needed to give birth to healthy babies. When it comes to protein, all the essential amino acids in it are found in this one cereal. This protein helps in physical growth and mental development.

It has more protein than other grains. Gives good physical strength to athletes. This protein is also beneficial for those who do not eat eggs. It does not starve quickly. It will increase the number of cells in the body by increasing the minerals significantly. The nutrients in it help to prevent male infertility. This food is suitable for many diabetics and heart patients.

Cereal recipe

Little millet Pongal 


Little millet 250g, sprouted mung dal 75g, 75g Phaseolus Trilobus(Narippayiru in Tamil, Moth beans in English), 1 bunch chopped greens, 4 cups of water, finely ground pepper, cumin to taste, salt, oil, ghee as needed (roasted cashews as desired).

How to make it?

First add water, roasted moth beans, and cook till they become soft. Now, add sprouted lentils and little millet rice. Reduce heat and let simmer. Stir occasionally. Once, everything is cooked well, add shallow fried greens, salt, pepper, and cumin powder and mix. Once it is well cooked, add fried cashew nuts and ghee and serve as desired.

It will be very tasty. Moth beans are slightly darker in color than green lentils. Also available as peeled lentils. This lentil is rich in iron.

Note: Mung dal, Moth beans, and greens are all high in iron. Hence, no need to add too much ghee.

If folic acid is consumed by pregnant women, it can prevent the development of children with cerebral palsy.