BM #87 Day 22 - 

I finally could lay my hands on Kodo Millet at a local Indian Store. I paid a pretty penny for it, though. I have tried quite a few dishes with this millet. I found that it is not very difficult to like it as it doesn't seem to have any distinct smell or taste. In fact when blended with Yogurt and the seasonings, it is not very different from the rice version.

This is also a favorite lunch box dish for my little one. I was in two minds whether to post it under Kid's lunch box recipes or under the Whole grain recipes :). I typically don't add ginger and green chilies for my little one. I just add a little black pepper and loads of crunchy dals (she calls them 'katum kitum') and raisins in the tadka for her.

Ingredients - 

Kodo Millet/ Arikelu / Varagu 1/2 cup
Milk 1/2 cup
Yogurt/Curds 1/2 cup + more
Salt as needed
Ginger, grated 1/2 tsp
Garnish with coriander leaves and pomegranate pearls
Seasoning (Ghee/Oil 2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Chana Dal 2 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Jeera 1/4 tsp, Red chilies 2, Curry leaves few, Asafoetida a pinch, Raisins few, Cashews few)

Method Of Preparation -

Wash kodo millet and soak it for 5-10 minutes. I observed the water turns a little muddy, so I like to soak and make sure the muddy colored water is all washed out. 

Pressure cook the kodo millet by adding about 1.5 cups of water. After the pressure cooker cools down, transfer the cooked millet into a wide bowl and mash it so that there no lumps. [I cooked in the Instant Pot - Manual 8 minutes.]

Add in milk and yogurt. Mix well.

Sprinkle salt and grated ginger.

To prepare the seasoning, heat ghee/oil, add mustard seeds, after they are ready to crackle, add the remaining ingredients in the order listed.

After the dals are brown, transfer the seasoning ingredients into the kodo millet daddhojanam. Mix well and garnish with pomegranate pearls. Enjoy with fried mirchi!


Preparation Time 30 minutes
Serves 2-3
Posted by Harini R on Thursday, April 26, 2018


  1. Priya Suresh Says:
  2. Wow, this daddhojanam is completely my kind of food. Love to cook these sort of dishes with millets. Superb dish.

  3. Sandhiya Says:
  4. Millets are great for making curd rice, love all kind of millet with curd. Daddhojanam is really tempting with those mor milagai!!!

  5. Beautifully presented i will defnitely try this out soon!!

  6. Srividhya Says:
  7. I know millets are bit pricey here. But few indian groceries here have their own brands and the prices and quality are ok... Love the thachi mum mum with millets. Very inviting.

  8. Very interesting ! Harini , this curd and millet combination is also new to me , I do make curd rice , but this is so new ! Love those fried chillies and always get a few packs from Chennai .

  9. Suma Gandlur Says:
  10. Millet can replace rice in almost all dishes and your yogurt-millet dish is an example of it. The dish though humble one never falls out from the favorite zone.

  11. That is what I like about millets. They are so good in substituting rice in recipes and they are so nutritious too. Love this curd rice with kodo millet. Those accompaniments are super inviting..

  12. Preeti Says:
  13. Wow.. such a beautiful and delicious recipe.

  14. Pavani Says:
  15. Millets are a little on the pricey side here :-( Your Kodo millet daddojanam looks awesome. Love the idea of adding raisins in tempering. I love the nice sweet bite with yogurt. And my kids also like katum kitum crunch from fried dal.

  16. Mayuri Patel Says:
  17. Lovely kodo with yogurt. I too make it but next time adding the katum kitum for the crunch and raisins too.

  18. I love kodo millet upma and I am sure this yogurt variation must have tasted as good as curd rice. Love the pomegranates on top.

  19. Unknown Says:
  20. Dadhojjanam with millets is such an amazing idea.. Instantpot is a savior isn't it quicken the process of cooking every time. Looks so creamy and yummy !! love the addition of nuts and rasins ..Oh yeah I love the katum kittam as well :D !!

  21. Srivalli Says:
  22. Such a fantastic healthy option Harini..using millets with curds will surely never get anybody to recognise the grain..very nice one!

  23. Srivalli Says:
  24. This is yet another fantastic way to incorporate other grains Harini,that kheer looks fantastic!

  25. Curd rice is a great choice to try any new grain. My kids would eat anything and everything with yogurt in it.

  26. Padmajha Says:
  27. I too made another version of this HArini.And my kids too kike the 'kattum kitum' and that is actually the highlight of the dish!!!

  28. varagu curd rice looks delicious harini, i too love using varagu in my regular cooking,as u said it doesnt taste or smell any different !

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