Xiao Mi Zhou

April 28, 2018mayurisjikoni




DAY 24

“Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dine like a Pauper”

Finally it’s the day when I’ve come to the most difficult letter and that is X. Till 10 days ago I was still searching for a traditional breakfast recipe. Googling for foods beginning with X was not fruitful. Then I decided to try the other way round, googling for foods from each country. The only logic I used to google China was that is perhaps one of the few languages where X is used extensively. And hey presto like magic Xiao Mi Zhou appeared.

Xiao Mi Zhou is a millet porridge that is common in the Chinese Cuisine and is served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Its made from Foxtail Millet or what is also known as Italian millet, thinai in Tamil, kangi in Hindi and korra in Telugu. The porridge can be thick or thin, cold or hot, sweet or savory. If you like it sweet add some milk and sugar. A savory one can be served with some tofu, small pieces of meat, scrambled eggs or with a few vegetables. It all depends on which meal you’re serving this porridge for.

On its own the porridge can be pretty bland as I made the savory one. I’m trying to include sprouted beans or moong for breakfast so adding it to this porridge was ideal. I didn’t cook the sprouts, just added them to the hot porridge. Its a filling dish and healthy too.

Here’s my breakfast dish with letter X – Xiao Mi Zhou from CHINA. Wondering what I had in mind if I had not found a dish beginning with X? Well would have had to use Xtra word to make energy balls.






Serves 2

Recipe source: The Worktop

¼ cup foxtail millet

2-3 cups water

¼ -½ tsp salt

½ -1 cup sprouted beans (sprouted moong)

  1. Rinse the millet thoroughly. To do that, put the millet in a strainer or sieve with a fine mesh. Rinse it under running water.
  2. Add millet and water into a saucepan.
  3. Bring it to a boil  over medium heat.
  4. When it begins to boil reduce the heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes till the millet is cooked.
  5. Add salt.
  6. If you want a thicker porridge, let it simmer more.
  7. Pour the porridge into serving bowls.
  8. Top with sprouted beans and serve.


  • To add a bit of spice add some chili sauce.
  • Add any topping of your choice like vegetables, cooked meat or fish pieces, scrambled or boiled egg, tofu, sugar and milk for a sweet version.
  • On cooling the porridge becomes really thick. Add some more water or milk.

A – Z Breakfast Dishes:

A – Apple Aeblskiver – Denmark

B – Baghrir – Morocco

C – Changua – Colombia

D – Dutch baby Pancakes – Germany /USA

E – English Breakfast – England

F – French Toast – Canada

G – Griddle/Girdle Scones – Scotland

H – Hafragrautur – Iceland

I – Idiyappam – India

J – Johnnycakes – The Caribbean

K – Khabees – Bahrain

L – Lahooh/Lahoh – Somalia

M – Masoub – Yemen

N – Nasi Goreng – Indonesia

O – Oladushki – Russia

P – Pandesal – The Philippines

Q – Qistibi – Tatarstan and Bashkortostan

R – Red Rice Porridge – Bhutan

S – Suafa’i – Samoa

T – Tomato Omelette – Armenia

U – Uji – Kenya

V – Vary Sosoa – Madagascar

W – Welsh Rarebit – Wales

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  • Priya Suresh

    April 28, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    A bowl of this Xiao mi zhou is quite enough to finish our morning breakfast without any fuss na. Love the addition of the sprouts here. What a nutritious porridge.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 29, 2018 at 5:47 pm

      Thank you Priya and it was so easy to make. I love this porridge.

  • Harini

    April 29, 2018 at 2:55 am

    That is a brilliant find, Mayuri. Love the addition of sprouts in the porridge.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 29, 2018 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you Harini, adding the sprouts made it super healthy.

  • Sandhiya

    April 29, 2018 at 5:14 am

    Guess chinese cuisine has lot of recipe with the letter “X” 🙂 . Xiao Mi Zhou sounds like a healthy porridge and also looks good, great find Mayuri!!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 29, 2018 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks Sandhiya, I guess they would but difficult to find as they would not have so many written in the English alphabet. The porridge is really healthy, made it again for our dinner last night with more veggies in it.

  • Kalyani

    April 30, 2018 at 9:36 am

    I love the new look of your blog, and especially the logo 🙂 this is a great find and love the addition of sprouts.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 30, 2018 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks Kalyani, the logo was designed by my daughter. I too enjoyed this find!

  • srividhya

    May 1, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Ok, next time for X I am going to only search for Chinese recipes. 🙂 Great and healthy find Mayuri. Love the clear soup.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2018 at 11:18 am

      Heeheee Srividhya, not many out there in English unless you can read Chinese.

  • Sharmila – The Happie Friends Potpourri Corner

    May 6, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Such a healthy and lovely porridge with sprouted green beans… Yummy share..

  • simplytadka2

    May 7, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Wow. Interesting recipe.. good for everyone

  • Pavani

    May 11, 2018 at 1:05 am

    That is a nutritious, filling and delicious soup Mayuri. LOVE that you used moong sprouts, they add both protein and makes the dish filling.

  • Gayathri Kumar

    May 11, 2018 at 11:58 am

    When doing A-Z, it always comes to the letter X. It is such a hard one to find and you have a good recipe for it. The porridge with the sprouts look so healthy and filling. Best to start a day with.

  • cookingwithsapana

    May 13, 2018 at 12:27 am

    I love how simple and yet very delicious are the Chinese porridges. I once made with rice and pumpkin and loved it. This one with sprouts and millets sounds delicious.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 13, 2018 at 6:56 pm

      Rice and pumpkin sounds good.. will try it. Thanks Sapana.

  • Srivalli Jetti

    May 21, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    What a fantastic find and you have done a great job!..So surprising to know Chinese cuisine using fox millet..very nice choice!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 21, 2018 at 5:44 pm

      Thanks Srivalli and I too was surprised when I found this recipe.

  • manjulabharathkumar2016

    May 31, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Agree x is such an hard letter to find but still you found such an amazing recipe.Chinese and Japanese cuisine has so many recipes with X . Porridge looks so yummy and a such a healthy breakfast to start the day. Amazing recipe di !!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 31, 2018 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks Manjula.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    June 7, 2018 at 2:49 am

    What an awesome find for X and that porridge with millet and sprouts looks too good. How perfectly you have sprouted the moong. It definitely adds a crunch to the porridge.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 7, 2018 at 4:58 am

      Thank you so much Sandhya.

  • Padmajha PJ

    June 24, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    This used to be our Sunday staple when we lived in China. I used to add fried shallots to make it intersting.Suoerb find for the letter X and you have made it all the more healthier by addind sprouts!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 25, 2018 at 4:41 am

      Thank you so much Padmajha. I’ll try next time with shallots.

  • Priya Srinivasan

    August 3, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    same pinch mayuri, i too made foxtail millet!! A healthy porridge and love the addition of sprouts and like pj’s idea of adding fried shallots!!! super yuumm!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 5, 2018 at 11:58 pm

      Thanks Priya.

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