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Hakka Noodles with Finger Millet Flour

IYM 2023: As the promotion of millets during the International Year of Millets (IYM) gathers pace, millet-based dishes are increasing in popularity. Here is a new take on traditional sushi, using proso millets infused with fruits to deliver a unique taste.

Hakka noodles made of finger-millet flour is a very healthy item that can go into the lunch pack of kids, or as an energy-filled breakfast food in the morning. Finger millet is considered one of the most nutritious grains. The vitamins, minerals, and fiber found in finger millet, such as potassium, and the B vitamins provide several important health benefits, including in lowering the risk of heart disease, and helping prevent blood sugar levels spiking after a meal

Total time:
 30-40 minutes
Serving: 2


*For the dough:
1 cup finger-millet flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp oil
1 cup water
*For stir fry :
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 medium sliced onion
1/4 cup green bell pepper
1 tsp green chili chopped
1 tsp ginger (finely chopped)
1 tsp garlic (finely chopped)
1/4 cup carrot Julian
1/4 cup shredded cabbage
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp chili sauce
1/4 tsp black pepper powder
1/2 tsp chili flakes
Pinch of sugar
1 tsp vinegar
1 spring onion for garnishing


  • Bring 1 cup water to boil in a pan
  • Add salt, oil and flour to the pan and mix well
  • Turn off the flame, cover, and let it sit for 7 minutes
  • Once the mixture cools, knead it gently on a kitchen top to form soft dough
  • Place the dough in a noodle mold and press out the noodles
  • Using a steamer vessel, steam the noodles for 10 minutes
  • Remove noodles and set aside to cool
  • In the meantime heat oil in a pan, add onion, garlic, ginger, chili and saute for 2 minutes. Add the remaining vegetable and saute well until the veggies turn tender.
  • Add in the sauces, spices and mix well before adding the noodles
  • Gently toss the mixture, garnish with spring onion and serve hot

Indian Chef Chhaya Thakker, who has a huge following online on WhatsApp and YouTube will be sharing her favorite recipes and cooking tips with readers of The Times Kuwait. For feedback, you can write to


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