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How to Cook Millets perfectly in Pressure Cooker

Learn how to cook millets perfectly in pressure cooker without having to pre soak them.
4.25 from 4 votes
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 16 mins
Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2


  • Millets of any variety - 1/2 cup
  • Salt - 1 pinch optional
  • Water - 1 cup to 1-1/4 cups


  • I used Foxtail millet (thinai or kangni). You can use any variety of millet or a mix of millets too.
  • Heat a pan and dry roast the millet for 1-2 min till it feels hot to your touch and fragrant.
  • Roast over low flame without changing its color. The roasting time will increase if the quantity of the millets increase.
  • Transfer it to a pressure cooker. You can roast the millet directly in the pressure cooker itself instead of using a pan.
  • Add water, salt (if using), mix well, close the lid and cook over medium flame for 3 whistles.
  • After the pressure is released, open the lid and fluff with a fork.
  • Serve hot or warm.
  • Use 1 cup water, if you want the grains to be separate else use 1-1/4 cups water (which I do), if you want the millets to be soft and easy to swallow.