Uji /Millet Porridge

April 25, 2018mayurisjikoni
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Uji /Millet Porridge is a Kenyan staple hot breakfast that is healthy, gluten free and filling. Enjoyed by all, right from toddlers to the elderly. Simple to make, finger millet flour is cooked with water and served piping hot. Some add lemon juice for the slight sour taste while some prefer to add sugar.

“Breakfast Like A King, Lunch Like A Prince and Dine Like A Pauper”

Breakfast is the most vital meal that one should enjoy. Skipping breakfast results in sugar levels in the blood dropping by mid morning. This results in one reaching out for sugary treats which in the long run is not healthy. A hearty healthy breakfast keeps one full till lunch time. Undoubtedly Uji is one such breakfast. Just a mugful of this hot, delicious, malty, thick drink and you’ll be fine till lunch time.

Finally Time To Make A Hot Breakfast From My Country Kenya

All those who are following this Mega Marathon, must have wondered as to why I’ve not featured a breakfast dish from my own country Kenya? You must be wondering that if she can feature an unheard of country like Tatarstan then why not Kenya?  Well, I was waiting for the right moment.

Letter U got filled in first when I was compiling my list. I have already got the recipe of Mahamri on my blog which a very popular breakfast dish in the coastal area of Kenya. . Warm Mahamri is served with hot Mbaazi, a dried pigeon pea curry cooked in coconut milk.

Different Ways To Prepare Uji

  • Some take a mixture of cornmeal, sorghum flour and finger millet which is called wimbi in Kenya.
  • Or make it using only one type of flour.
  •  Make it by mixing either one flour or a mixture of flour with water and then allowing it to ferment for a few days. The mixture is then warmed up and consumed.
  • The most popular method nowadays is the quick method as mothers too have to rush off to work. Here the flour and water are mixed and added to boiling water and within 10 minutes Uji is ready.
  • Nowadays ready packets of Uji mix are available in the supermarkets. The millet flour is roasted and flavoured. One just needs to add hot water and mix.


I remember when I was nursing my twins, the maid I had employed to help me would make Uji everyday for me. She would force me to drink a mugful as it would help me gain my strength back, help to produce more milk and good for the babies I was feeding. Initially I didn’t like uji but now it is a part of my breakfast. I like to have different breakfasts so sometimes it is Uji topped with chopped nuts and cinnamon powder or cardamom powder.



uji with water only
uji with milk



Uji /Millet Porridge is a Kenyan staple hot breakfast that is healthy, gluten free and filling.
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Kenyan
Servings 2


  • ¼ cup finger millet flour ragi, wimbi
  • cups water
  • honey or sugar according to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice optional
  • a pinch of salt


  • Mix flour and ¼ cup water into a paste.
  • Heat the remaining 2 cups of water in a pan over low to medium heat.
  • When it becomes hot, stir it all the time and start adding the flour paste.
  • Keep on stirring till the mixture becomes thick. You must keep on stirring it or else lumps will be formed.
  • Let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Spoon the mixture into serving bowls or cups.
  • Add sugar, honey or lemon juice and salt according to your taste.
  • Usually uji is served plain but I like to add a bit more of healthiness by serving it with chopped nuts.


  • Add spices like cardamom, cinnamon to the porridge.
  • It can be served with chopped dried or fresh fruits.
  • Another easier way to make the porridge is to first mix the flour and water into a paste. Then add the required water and mix. Heat the mixture stirring it all the time till it becomes thick.
  • Replace water with milk if you wish.
Keyword Kenyan Style Uji, Millet Porridge, UJI RECIPE

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  • vaishalisabnani

    April 27, 2018 at 1:58 am

    Interesting read Mayuri . A porridge with ragi must be so healthy , and this would be a great breakfast , specially new moms ! Well back years back we ate the regular porridge , but with time so much variation has come up .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 27, 2018 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks Vaishali. Somehow Uji still is an important breakfast dish for many in Kenya as its filling and cheap.

  • Sharmila – The Happie Friends Potpourri Corner

    April 27, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Lovely find for U.. So interesting and now you have a wonderful collection of breakfast recipes!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 27, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks Sharmila, yes I’m quite proud of my collection as I’ve tried to make traditional breakfast dishes for this BM.

  • Sandhiya

    April 27, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Wow, never knew before that ragi is used extensively in kenya !!! Ujji sounds so similar to the raji sweet kanji and adding lemon is quite unique as you said.Looks tasty, Great share,Mayuri.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 27, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      Sandhiya, I grew up knowing this millet as wimbi. its only when I started blogging that I realized that its called ragi in India. All these millets are super healthy but not extensively used by families.

  • Priya Suresh

    April 28, 2018 at 12:20 am

    Uji looks absolutely nutritious and definitely filling. South Indians makes a similar version but as a savory one. And this sweet version sounds too good to kick start a day.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 28, 2018 at 11:05 pm

      Thanks Priya, sometimes we have it with some fruit added to it too. The savory one with lemon is also tasty.

  • Kalyani

    April 30, 2018 at 9:42 am

    you are surely getting some amazing breakfast finds from across the globe. This dish is so rustic, yet filling ! well done, Mayuri 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 30, 2018 at 5:43 pm

      Thank you Kalyani… as the theme indicates I am out to explore the flavors 🙂

  • Jolly

    April 30, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Good to know about Uji..quite interesting recipe too and I must say you have a great yummy & filling breakfast dishes list. I love to try few of them.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 30, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      Thanks Jolly, Uji is suppose to be very healthy and is also given to people who are sick. Try some of the recipes and let me know how they turn out.

  • Nandita Gupta

    April 30, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    This is a very unique recipe for me. Uji is very knew to me and looks like a very healthy recipe. I will make it for my daughter.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2018 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks Nandita. It is a very healthy and filling porridge. You can add powdered nuts too and fruits too.

  • Soma Mukherjee

    April 30, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Such a healthy option for breakfast, it must be quite filling to keep hunger at bay for long, interesting recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2018 at 4:03 pm

      Thanks Soma, it does keep one full for a long time and for kids mothers add a generous helping of butter.

  • Sandhya

    April 30, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Mayuri, this is a new recipe for me. I do make ragi porridge for its nutritional benefits. will try Uji next time.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks Sandhya, ragi and uji are quite similar.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    May 1, 2018 at 6:29 am

    Never heard of this dish.. learnibg new stuff from you dear. Thanks .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2018 at 3:56 pm

      Thank you so much Shobha.

  • Batter Up With Sujata

    May 1, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Interesting write up. Thanks Mayuri for introducing me to these new recipes. Never heard about uji. Sounds healthy. Awesome share.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2018 at 11:25 am

      It is very healthy Sujata and its such a great nutritious and filling porridge even for people who are sick.

  • Drashti Dholakia

    May 2, 2018 at 5:45 am

    Wow..This looks very refreshing and healthy. Never heard about it before, so got to learn something new and different. Thanks for sharing the recipe

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2018 at 11:16 am

      Thanks Drashti, it is healthy and filling too.

  • Vidya Narayan

    May 2, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Lovely to read your experience about this wonder Porridge. Home Remedies are the best to get back into good health and esp after delivery, certainly more effective than what doctors could ever recommend. Such advise comes with years of experience and wisdom. A healthy porridge recipe that is excellent for kids and adults. You have made it look pretty delicious too with your styling and photography.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2018 at 11:01 am

      Thank you so much Vidya. Though my hubby is a doctor, I do believe in certain home remedies.

  • Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    May 2, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Was going through the entire A-Z, you have done a brilliant job here showcasing each recipe and the cultural background of the same.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      Thank you so much Seema.

  • Lathiya

    May 2, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    I never heard of this before..but the ingredients looks similar of ragi porridge except for lemon… awesome breakfast to jave

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 3, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks Lathiya, it is similar to ragi porridge.

  • Jagruti

    May 2, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    This dish is totally new to me, but now that I’ve seen the recipe I am going to make very soon as I love to incorporate grains such as millet/Ragi in our diet. Sounds delicious.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 3, 2018 at 9:57 pm

      Thanks Jagruti and do try it… its filling too and a comforting dish.

  • Freda @ Aromatic essence

    May 3, 2018 at 12:20 am

    Was great to lean about a traditional dish from Kenya! I usually make tizaan, Goan ragi porridge. This is so similar except that it doesn’t use coconut milk nor palm jaggery. I shall try it out sometime 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 3, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks Freda. And I will be checking out the Goan version of this porridge.

  • marianasir1973

    May 3, 2018 at 6:26 am

    A very interesting and informative post indeed! I have cooked food from almost everywhere in the world, including North Africa and Trinidad and Tobago, but I must confess I have zero knowledge of the cuisine of Kenya. Thank you for opening up another flavour window for me 😊

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 3, 2018 at 9:55 pm

      Kenyan cuisine has its own traditional dishes and then those that are influenced by Arabic, Indian and British cuisine.

  • Aruna

    May 3, 2018 at 11:12 am

    We are all so different, yet so similar. Yes, the ambli of South India closely resembles Uji. I am yet to read all your posts of the Mega Blogging Marathon but will catch up soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 3, 2018 at 9:52 pm

      Thanks Aruna. As you said so different and yet similar.

  • Uma Srinivas

    May 3, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    I make ragi porridge using milk and jaggery for breakfast! Your recipe sounds similar to that and of course very healthy too:)

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 3, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      Yes it is similar Uma but since the poor people here cannot afford milk its usually made with water and for kids topped up with little milk.

  • Gayathri Kumar

    May 4, 2018 at 5:11 am

    This is so much similar to koozh we make in Tamilnadu. Koozh is also fermented and makes a healthy breakfast. Nice to know that similar dishes exist in places which are miles apart.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 5, 2018 at 11:51 pm

      Yes its truly amazing as so many dishes are somewhat similar and yet different.

  • Vanitha Bhat

    May 4, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Interesting recipe! Super awesome and healthy 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 5, 2018 at 11:47 pm

      Thank you Vanitha

  • Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    May 4, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Really diff region of world indicate diff name for same dishes. M totally new to this dish and yes, this looks so healthy and will be perfect breakfast option 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 5, 2018 at 11:47 pm

      It is a healthy option for breakfast and a great way to include millet in the diet Sasmita, try it .

  • theyellowdaal

    May 4, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Delicious breakfast. Hoping to try this soon😊

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 5, 2018 at 11:59 pm

      Thanks Avin..try it out and its so easy to make.

  • Annapurnaz

    May 7, 2018 at 10:19 am

    These days I try to incorporate millets in my diet. So this uji can be a good addition to my breakfast dishes 🙂

  • simplytadka2

    May 7, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Wow looks so interesting.. you have good.collection of international recipe.

  • cookingwithsapana

    May 9, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    That is such a healthy and filling breakfast porrdige. Reading about the health benefits of ragi flour, I guess we should all include it in our diet.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 9, 2018 at 9:43 pm

      It is definitely filling Sapana. I like adding fresh fruits to it to make a wholesome meal.

  • Pavani

    May 11, 2018 at 12:45 am

    I didn’t know your kids are twins Mayuri – you sure must have needed lot of strength after delivery. This Kenyan Uji sounds very nutritious, filling and perfect way to start any day. Good choice for the letter U.

  • Srivalli Jetti

    May 20, 2018 at 5:34 am

    This is surely a healthy one and much like our own versions..didn’t realise you have twins..:)..as always it’s nice reading your intros..btw do fix your internal links, the links are broken after the change..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 21, 2018 at 1:57 am

      Thanks Srivalli. Will look into the internal links.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    June 7, 2018 at 2:54 am

    What a lovely recipe and it is always the best experience to learn from the locals. So glad that your maid introduced this to you and thanks to you for the recipe to help us now.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 7, 2018 at 4:57 am

      Thanks Sandhya.

  • manjulabharathkumar2016

    June 15, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    wow ragi porridge looks so inviting and such an healthy way to start a day .. Thats is so nice of you to learn it from your maid and sharing it here 🙂 looks so yummy !!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 17, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      Thank you so much Manjula. The forgotten recipe has been revived and now have it often.

  • Padmajha PJ

    June 24, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Mayuri, I came upon this dish sometime back when I was looking for recipes for one of the previous editions of BM.Since I was really not sure how it would taste, I din’t make it. Your pics itself says everything! Super dish !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 27, 2018 at 6:34 am

      Thanks Padmajha, it tastes a bit like ragi drink. I don’t like the fermented version that they make.

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