How to Make Millets Kichadi

Millets kichadi is a healthy and delicious South Indian dish made with millets, vegetables, and spices. Here’s a simple recipe to make millets kichadi:


  • 1 cup mixed millets (such as foxtail millet, little millet, barnyard millet, and kodo millet)
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed vegetables (such as carrots, beans, peas, and capsicum)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups water
  • Coriander leaves for garnish


  1. Wash the mixed millets and soak them in water for 30 minutes.

  2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, grated ginger, chopped onion, and green chilli. Saute until the onions turn translucent.

  3. Add the chopped mixed vegetables and saute for a few minutes.

  4. Drain the water from the soaked millets and add them to the pressure cooker. Add 2 cups of water, turmeric powder, asafoetida, and salt to taste. Mix well.

  5. Close the pressure cooker and cook on high flame for 2 whistles. Then reduce the flame to low and cook for another 5 minutes.

  6. Turn off the flame and let the pressure release naturally.

  7. Open the pressure cooker and give the kichadi a stir. Garnish with coriander leaves.

  8. Serve hot with raita or pickle.

Note: You can also add grated coconut, roasted peanuts, or cashew nuts for extra flavor and crunch.