Millet Recipes for Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Millet is a group of highly nutritious grains that have been a staple in many cultures for centuries. It is an ideal food for patients with type 2 diabetes as it is full of essential nutrients such as fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. Millets have a low glycemic index, meaning they do not cause a spike in blood sugar levels, making them an excellent choice for people who need to manage their blood sugar levels.

Let’s explore some delicious millet recipes for patients suffering from type 2 diabetes. Whether you prefer savory or sweet, breakfast, lunch or dinner, we’ve got you covered. These recipes are not only diabetes-friendly, but perfect for those who are vegetarian, gluten-free, and health-conscious. So let’s dive into the world of millet and discover some great recipes that can help you manage your diabetes while enjoying delicious food. Conscious Food in-house nutritionist Saloni Jhaveri shares a few recipes for diabetics.


bajra dosa recipe


  • Bajra Flour/ Kambu Maavu – 2.5 cups
  • Udad dal – ½ cup
  • Methi (fenugreek) seeds – 3/4pearl tea spoon
  • water as needed
  • Salt to taste – 1 teaspoon or more



  • Wash and soak the urad dal and fenugreek seeds with enough water for 2-3 hours.


  • Start grinding the urad dal first with fenugreek seeds by adding little water at frequent intervals. When bubbles start to appear and the dough rises, you’re done.
  • Take the Bajra flour in a bowl and add enough water to it. It is mixed thoroughly with enough water until it reaches the consistency to be poured.
  • Then add the urad dal dough to this liquid bajra flour. Add salt. Mix well with your hands. Leave to ferment overnight or at least eight hours until the batter is well risen.
  • To make dosa, heat a pan (if you have a cast iron skillet, please use it), spread the dosa thinly in a circular motion. Drizzle half a teaspoon of oil around the edges. Cook for 2 minutes. When done, flip the dosa and cook for a minute and then remove the pan.

Foxtail millet and poha dosa


  1. Foxtail Millet – 2 cups
  2. Poha (flattened rice) – 1/2 cup
  3. Urad Dal – 1 cup
  4. Methi/Fenugreek Seeds – 1/2 teaspoon


  1. Keep all materials ready.
  2. Foxtail Millet and poha in a bowl, add enough water, squeeze and wash, drain and leave separately for 4-5 hours.
  3. Take Urad Dal and Methi Seeds/Fenugreek seeds in another bowl and add enough water, squeeze and wash, drain and leave separately for 4-5 hours.
  4. Add the Rice and Foxtail Millet mixture to the mixer, grind to a coarse texture.
  5. Transfer the grinder mixture to a large glass bowl.
  6. Now add the soaked urad dal and methi seeds in a blender, grind them well for a smooth, bubbly texture. When the dough is ready, transfer it to the glass bowl containing the previous mixture.
  7. Add required amount of Salt and allow Foxtail Millet Dosa dough to ferment for 8 hours.
  8. After 8 hours of fermentation, the fluffy dough is ready. Add water to make Dosa Dough consistency.
  9. Pour the Foxtail Millet Dosa dough into the preheated non-stick pan. Use a teaspoon or the required amount of oil around the edges and cook for a light, crispy, healthy Foxtail Millet Dosa.

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Basic mixed millet dosa recipe


  • 1 part each of the 3 different millets – you can use Kodri, Kangni and Sama or any 3 millets – aside from the slightly stickier Bajra, the options are the 3 above or Jowar, Hari Kangni, Chena, Jhangora.
  • 1 part out of the valley.
  • 1 teaspoon of methi seeds.


  • Soak the branches and millet together for 8 hours. Soak the methi seeds separately.
  • Grind them all together with the soaked methi seeds to a slightly granular consistency. Leave to ferment overnight in a covered container. Make sure there is space for the dough to rise in the bowl.
  • When ready, add salt to taste and any of the above ingredients (either mashed carrots or mashed beets or mashed onions and sweet potatoes) add ½ cup of a smooth mash and cook.
  • To bake, use the back of a ladle to spread the dough in a well-heated skillet. Pour 1 – 2 teaspoons of oil around the edges and remove when browned.
  • Feel free to try other colors such as green chavli bhaji (it’s milder in taste than spinach, which can be bitter) or zucchini and yellow peppers.

As a result, millet is a nutritious and delicious alternative to traditional staple foods and provides numerous benefits for humans. So if you’re looking for a healthy and delicious way to manage your diabetes and meet your weight loss goals, consider adding millet to your diet.

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first published: 19 March 2023 10:41 IST

Last update: 19 March 2023 10:41 IST