Millet soup with vegetables




Millet soup with vegetables


Have I told you that my most favorite thing to do is shopping! I know you have heard most women say that. But in my case the only difference is that it’s not clothes, shoes or bags.  I love shopping for fruits, vegetables, new spices, sauces, and other ‘interesting’ grocery stiff! I can spend hours in the food isle of supermarkets! Lol!

Last time when I was on one of those food isles I found a pack of ‘organic quick cooking millet mix’! It immediately caught my attention as I had never really seen anything like that before. It sounded great because it’s quick cooking, healthy and hopefully tasty.

Millets are many, round in shape, tiny in size, high in nutrition, capable of growing in harsh climatic condition, satisfying, healthy for self, society and planet. They consume very less water, need no synthetic chemicals and are extremely energy efficient. They are high in dietary fiber, low glycemic index, gluten free, and help in sugar and cholesterol management!  Read more about millets here.

This packaged mix has Finger Millet, Italian Millet, Little Millet, Pearl Millet, Kado Millet, Prosco Millet, Barnyard Millet and Amaranth! It looked beautiful and colourful! I thought that these Tiny little pearly millets (if tasty) will definitely be a part of our meals more often.

I made a very simple soup with some vegetables and YES! It tasted great 🙂 millets added a lot of flavor (and nutrition) to the regular vegetable soup. Some millets cooked faster than the others but the millets that cooked a little less were crunchy and chewy, which was nice!

You can make this same soup with any millet you have on hand. If they are not quick cooking, cook them before adding them to the soup. I have used vegetable bullion here but use vegetable stock instead of water to skip it. I used some extra red chili flakes to spice it up but feel free to use black pepper instead.

Verdict – I LOVE millets! Now I am working on trying more creative ways of using it in my food so be prepare for lots of millet recipes!!



organic quick cooking millets



tiny, pearly and colourful



diced onions and bay leaf



diced vegetables



Add the quick cooking millets



add water/vegetable stock



some extra red chili flakes to spice it up



Millet soup with vegetables


[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”24″ size_format=”px” color=”#b36f98″]Ingredients:[/typography]

  • 1 cup quick cooking millets
  • 2 small onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 potato
  • 8-10 green beans
  • 1 vegetable bullion
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 5-6 cups of water
  • Salt
  • Black pepper or chili flakes.


Heat oil in a pan. Add diced onions and bay leaf. Fry till soft and add the rest of the diced vegetables. Cook in low heat for a few minutes. Add the quick cooking millets and water/vegetable stock. If you are not using vegetable stock add one vegetable bullion. And cook till the millets are soft. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with some crusty homemade whole wheat bread 😉


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  • archana

    I too love shopping in supermarket for grocery …searching for something new…its stress buster…. your recipe seems very healthy….where do you get mixed millet? …is it there in Mumbai? i can still try with Bajri and Ragi right?

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  • anh@anhsfoodblog

    Ahhh I love this soup already! Millet has been on my mind for a while, and I cannot wait to cook this soup with it.

    Love love your blog! 🙂

  • Sharmilee

    This one looks very flavourful n yummy

  • sarah

    I’ve never heard of millets but I think after this post I’ll be trying them soon! Lovely pictures and great recipe!

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy

    Grrrr…sorry for all those tyops…a bane of my life nw 🙁

  • Tanvi@SincullySpicy

    I m like you only – crazy abt grocery shopping.Love trying new veggies and grains.This soup lools amazing.Just my kind of soup with -clear and with vegetable chunks.I woul love to yop it with a dollop of ghee and relish!

  • Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit

    I’ve never seen a millet that’s dark like that! Too cool. The darker the food, the better! I too LOVE shopping (grocery shopping that is) I could spent hours looking for fun and tasty new foods to try!

    • Chinmayie

      Hey Leanne! i think the darkest millet in that mix is Finger Millet. They also took the longest to cook! I had these tiny black crunchy little things in my soup 🙂

  • Nami @ Just One Cookbook

    The bay leaf is huge! Do you get it from your yard? My bay leaf is from store (in a jar) and so small. I never seen millet before and looks very interesting and I wonder how it tastes like… I love the colorful veggies in your soup. You take beautiful pictures of “liquid”. I still can’t take a good shot of soup… Very very nice!

    • Chinmayie

      Thank you Nami!
      That’s the regular bay leaf we get in India. They are big 🙂
      This is the first time I am really cooking with whole millets! i some how never knew how to incorporate them in my cooking! give it a try Nami, they are quite tasty!

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