Friday 16 February 2024

Kodo Millet Rice (வரகரிசி சாதம்)

Millets are ancient grains that are rich in fiber and minerals, and were consumed by our ancestors as staple foods for centuries. Kodo millet (வரகு) is a type of little millet that is rich in dietary fiber and minerals like calcium and iron. Nutritional content of Kodo millet is outlined below.

Kodo Millet - Nutrition per 100 gms 


302 Kcal


8.3 gm


69.9 gm


8.5 gm


22 mg


9.9 mg

You can cook kodo millet as you would cook white rice and consume it instead of rice. Let us proceed with making kodo-millet rice (வரகரிசி சாதம்) using an electric rice cooker.


Kodo millet - 1 cup

Water - 2½ cups

Method: Millets have more impurities than rice and they need to be cleaned thoroughly before cooking. Wash kodo millet several times with water till the draining water is clear. Pour enough water to cover the millet and allow it to soak for 30 minutes. Drain the water and transfer the soaked millet to the rice cooker pan. Add 2½ cups of fresh water and cover with the rice cooker lid. Switch on the rice cooker and set the switch to "Cook" mode. Kodo millet cooks faster than rice. Once cooked, the switch automatically moves to "Warm" mode. Let it stay in the "Warm" mode for 10 minutes before serving the millet rice. You can serve millet rice with sambar or rasam along with poriyal or kootu.

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