Millet recipes for seniors

Millet recipes for seniors

April 28, 2023


Categories : Senior Living | Senior Living Guide


Millets are nutritious and healthy. They require minimal water and have a long shelf life, making them ideal for storage. Millets are rich in starch and protein. They are an excellent option for a wholesome meal, particularly for seniors. As one of the best senior citizen homes in Karnataka, we share some of the healthy millet recipes for seniors.

1. Millet khichdi:


    • ½ cup foxtail millets
    • ½ cup moong daal
    • 1 cup vegetables of your choice
    • ¼ cup methi leaves or spinach
    • 1 diced tomato
    • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
    • Dry spices: ½ teaspoon cumin seeds, ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder, ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, and ½ teaspoon garam masala
      Salt to taste


    • Wash and soak the foxtail millets for about an hour. This cooks the millets quickly.
    • In a pressure cooker add ghee and let it heat. Add cumin seeds and let it splutter.
    • Add ginger until it emits a nice aroma.
    • Add veggies and tomatoes. Saute them for a few minutes.
    • Add the spices and cook for a few minutes on low flame until the tomatoes are mushy.
    • Add the soaked and drained millets and daal. Saute them for a while.
    • Adjust the salt and add water. Cover the pressure cooker and cook for 2-3 whistles or until the millets are cooked to the right consistency.
    • Once done, open the lid and give it a final mix. Add a little ghee on top and serve warm with pickle and papad.

    2. Kodo millet roti: 

    • 1 cup Kodo millet flour
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2-1 cup lukewarm water
    • Ghee/oil for cooking


    • In a mixing bowl, add Kodo millet flour and salt.
    • Gradually add lukewarm water to the flour mixture and knead to form a soft and pliable dough.
    • Divide the dough into equal portions and shape them into round balls.
    • Using a rolling pin, flatten each ball into a thin circular disc, dusting it with flour if necessary to prevent sticking.
    • Heat a tawa or non-stick pan over medium heat.
    • Place the flattened roti on the tawa or pan and cook for about 30 seconds on each side.
    • Add ghee or oil on top of the roti and cook for another 30 seconds on each side or until it turns golden brown.
    • Remove from heat and serve hot with your favourite side dish.

    3. Ragi wheat dosa:

    • 1 cup ragi flour
    • 1 cup wheat flour
    • 2 cups buttermilk (adjust as per preferred consistency)
    • Salt to taste


    • In a mixing bowl, add ragi flour and wheat flour. Add salt to it and mix well to make an even distribution.
    • Gradually add buttermilk and stir continuously with a whisk to avoid lumps.
    • Mix the batter evenly and consistently to incorporate air into the mixture.
    • Cover and set aside for 6-8 hours or overnight to allow the batter to ferment.
    • After fermentation, stir the batter well and adjust the consistency with water if necessary.
    • Heat a flat non-stick tawa over medium-high heat. Once hot, pour a ladleful of batter on the tawa and spread it evenly in circular motion.
    • Add oil from the sides so that the dosa cooks evenly on top and does not stick to the pan.
    • Cook until the bottom turns golden brown and the top is cooked.
    • Flip the dosa and cook the other side for another 30 seconds to 1 minute.
    • Fold the dosa into half and take it off the heat.
    • Serve hot with your favourite coconut chutney and sambar.

    4. Mixed millet bhel puri:

    • 1 cup pearl millets
    • 1 cup ragi flakes
    • 3 cups puffed rice
    • 1/2 cup bhujia
    • 2 tbsp chaat masala
    • 3 tbsp black sesame seeds
    • 2 chopped onions
    • 2 chopped tomatoes
    • 4 tablespoons lime juice
    • 2 tablespoons chopped green chilies
    • 3 tablespoons green chutney
    • 2 tablespoons sweet tamarind chutney
    • Chopped fresh coriander leaves
    • Pomegranate seeds (optional)


    • In a mixing bowl, add pearl millets, ragi flakes, and puffed rice. Add salt and roasted peanuts to it.
    • Add black sesame seeds, chaat masala, and bhujia mix. Give it a good mix.
    • Then add chopped onions and mix again.
    • Add green chutney and sweet tamarind chutney and mix everything well.
    • Finally, add chopped tomatoes, lime juice, and chopped green chilies. Mix well and adjust salt if necessary.
    • Garnish with bhujia, fresh coriander leaves, and pomegranate seeds (optional).
    • Serve immediately and enjoy.

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