This millet kebab is a healthy variation of Hara bhara kebab, that are made with millet, oats and vegetables, without any potatoes.

Millet & Oats Kebab

These can be made ahead and stored in the freezer too.

Have it as a snack in the evening or as a filling in the sandwich, it tastes great either way. And if you have boiled millet in your refrigerator then it gets ready in a jiffy. And the best part is that it tastes good even without potatoes.

I served these millet and oats kebab by using these as a filler in my Substyle sandwiches and were relished a lot.As we were having Sub-style sandwiches in the dinner that day, so my son insisted to have Hara Bhara kebab to use it in the sandwiches as these would make them filling too. At that time, I thought of giving these kebab a twist with millets and hence tried it. I wanted to add spinach too but it was not at home and due to the lockdown going on, getting it from the market was also not easy. So, I just used my frozen veggies and the result was great. I tried these without using any potatoes and believe me, these were not at all missed.

I can only say that my millet trials are really turning into a feast and are loved by all so much so, the boys have already announced to go for a complete switch over to millets once the lockdown is over.


A Little About Kodo Millet

You can read about millets in A Glimpse into millets


How To Boil Millet?

Boiled millet in your refrigerator is a boon in itself. There are so many ways in which this can be used. If kept in an airtight container, it remains good for 3 to 4 days easily.

Before I tell you my method, I would like to say that I like boiled millet which is separated and is not sticky or mushy. For getting this type of millet, my standard method is to boil it for 2 whistles with equal quantity of water. Like 1 cup water for 1 cup millet. And it is must to soak the millet before boiling it. So, the simple steps are:

  1. Soak millet for at least 2 hours, more the better.
  2. Drain this water and rinse it again in freshwater.
  3. Boil it in the pressure cooker with an equal quantity of water for 2 whistles.
  4. Wait till the steam releases and then open the pressure cooker.

This boiled millet can be used for umpteen purposes. Use it for making curd rice, salad, Upma, lemon rice, Upma, kebabs, or have it in milk just like porridge and many other dishes.


How To Make 

For making millet and oats kebab, of course, you need the millets and oats. I used Kodo millet in this recipe. You can use the same or any other of your choice. Other than this we require loads of veggies. You can take veggies of your choice. Like I used peas, beans, onions and carrots. Wanted to add spinach but was in my stock of veggies. Then steam veggies or pressure cook for just one whistle. Similarly, boil millets after soaking for a few hours.

Next mix everything either with hands or in the food processor. I used a food processor as it is not only convenient to use but also millets gets mashed nicely. You can use a potato masher too. Add spices and oatmeal for binding. The quantity of oatmeal may vary depending upon the moisture in your mix. So, use accordingly. You can add boiled potatoes, cottage cheese etc too.

Make kebabs. Shallow fry these on a skillet or in the air fryer. I did both.


 Serving Suggestions 

You must be wondering what am I talking about? These are served with green chutney or tomato ketchup just like other kebabs.

But I also used these in my Sub sandwiches. Actually, as I planned to have Sub-style sandwiches, my son, Siddharth, insisted to have those with Hara Bhara kebab. So, these millet kebabs were my healthy variation of that. And the end result was yummy, approved by everyone.

Millet & Oats Kebab


Why you will love these Kebab

Can I  Make these Gluten-Free?

Simply replace semolina with gram flour and also ensure that the oats you use are gluten-free.


Can I Freeze These Millet Kebabs?

Yes, very easily. I kept the leftover kebabs, after shaping, in the freezer. And then after 2 days, air fried them. They came out perfect. No need to thaw. Just take these out of the freezer and air fry or shallow fry these.


 Step By Step Recipe

A. Boil Millet

Rinse and soak millet

boil millet

B. Make Kebab

method to make kebab

Mix oatmeal

Cook kebab


Millet Kebabs in Air Fryer

Millet & Oats Kebab in air fryer

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Millet & Oats Kebab

Truly healthy as these are made with millet, oats and veggies only without using any potatoes.


Boil Millet

  • 1/3 Cup Kodo Millet
  • 1/3 Cup Water

For Kebab

  • 1 Cup Boiled Kodo Millet
  • 1 Cup Mixed Vegetables Peas, Beans, Carrot, Onions
  • 2 Tbsp Oatmeal
  • 2 Tbsp Semolina Fine
  • 1 tsp Salt or as Per Taste
  • 1/4 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning Or Oregano
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Oil For Shallow Frying


Boil Millet

  • Rinse Kodo millet in water by changing water several times till you get clear water. You get lot of brown coloured water while rubbing this millet in water.
  • Soak it in enough water for a minimum of 2 hours. More the better. You can soak it overnight too.
  • Once again rinse it in clean water.
  • Add water and pressure cook it for 2 whistles.
  • Let the steam settle down on its own.
  • Open the pressure cooker and your fluffy boiled Kodo millet is ready. Follow the same method for any other millet too.
  • Use it immediately or keep it in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
  • Remains good for 3 to 4 days.

Make Millet & Oats Kebab

  • Steam the veggies, either in a steamer or pressure cook for just one whistle.
  • Squeeze out the water, if any, from the veggies.
  • In the food processor, take steamed veggies and boiled millet.
  • Run the processor for a minute or so till everything comes together.
  • Take the mix out, add spices, mix in oatmeal and semolina.
  • Give any shape of your choice and shallow fry or air fry these.
  • Heat a skillet. Put oil. When the oil gets heated, put kebabs and cook from both the sides till golden brown.
  • Serve with love, mint chutney optional.

For Making In Air Fryer

  • Preheat air fryer at 200 degrees for 5 minutes.
  • Brush oil on both sides of the kebab.
  • Keep the kebabs directly on the air fryer basket and air fry for 15 to 20 minutes till golden in colour. May flip these in between.

How To Freeze Kebabs

  • Give shapes and keep them in a plate, slightly apart from each other.
  • Keep the plate in the freezer till kebabs are frozen,
  • Once frozen, you may keep these in a ziplock bag.
  • At the time of making, do not thaw these. Instead, directly fry in air fryer or skillet.


  1. Kodo millet increases more than 3 times after being boiled. This 1/3 cup will almost be 1 cup once boiled. However, you can boil more and keep it in the refrigerator for many other purposs, like I did.
  2. You can use any other millet in place of Kodo millet.
  3. Quantity of oatmeal and semolina may differ as per the moisture in your mixture.
  4. You can omit italian seasoning and add black pepper, Chat masala etc and give it an Indian touch.
  5. Lemon juice is added not just for the taste but if added, the mix doesnt stick to hands and it is easier to form shapes.
Keyword Kebab Recipe, Vegetable Kebab

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