Samai or Little millet is another reliable crop in view of its earliness and resistance to adverse agro-climatic conditions of drought as well as water logging. It is grown throughout India and a traditional crop of Karnataka. It has received comparatively little attention from farmers.
The plant varies in height between 30 and 90 cm and its oblong panicle varies in length between 14 and 40 cm. It is mostly mix-cropped with other millets, pulses and oilseeds. The seeds of little millet are smaller than those of common millet. It is generally eaten as rice and any recipe that demands staple rice can be prepared using little millet.