April 25, 2019

Varagu Upma | Kodo Millet Upma - GF, Vegan


Varagu Upma was another experiment that went well. I followed the method of cooking the millet and thoroughly cooling them immediately after cooking. You could also toast the millets and Cook them directly in the pan like the normal rava upma.  

I enjoyed this as a plain , low spice upma , but do feel free to add any more veggies / more chillies as desired. I made just one serving as I wasn’t sure it would turn out well. This is a satvik, onion free recipe so pls feel to customise as you please.

Prep time - 10 Mins , Cook time - 10 mins , Serves - 1

Ingredients:
Varagu (Tamil) / Kodo millet (English) / Arikelu (Telugu) / Arka (Kannada) - 1/2 cup (100 ml)
Oil - 1 TBSP
Tempering - mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Urad Dal 1/2 tsp, green chillies chopped 1/2 tsp, curry leaves few
Steamed veggies - Carrots, French beans - 1/4 cup
Bell pepper - 1/2 cup (chopped fine)
Vangibhath Powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste 
Coconut grated + chopped coriander - 1 tbsp each (for garnish, optional but recommended)
Lemon juice - 1 tsp (opt.) 

PIN FOR LATER

How to:
Clean and wash the millet throughly. Soak for 20 mins. Drain & Cook in an open pan till done (it took about 15 mins). Cool slightly and spread on a flat plate, fluff them up and proceed.
In a pan, heat oil and make the tempering with the ingredients. Add the bell pepper, saute for 1 min till crunchy. Now tip in the steamed veggies and mix lightly. 
Once done, add the cooked millet, salt , coriander and coriander leaves. Mix well and serve hot . 
Tastes best when served immediately with yoghurt or a cup of steaming coffee ! 


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9 comments:

  1. Upma in all forms is welcome in my home and that kodo millet version sounds healthier. The addition of vangibhath powder makes it extra flavorful.

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  2. A healthy upma ! I won’t forget that your comeback to the marathon is because of Upma :)) right ?

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  3. Wow! Vangibath powder in upma. That is one flavor which I love to bits. I shall try adding it next time.

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  4. Delicious upma with millets and your version sounds so yummy..vangibath masla is a nice twist..

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  5. Delicious and healthy upma with millets. Need to check what is vangibath masala powder as I have never used it. The pic is too tempting.

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  6. Yummy and delicious looking Millet Upma. Vangibath masala is a great addition to the dish. Book marked.

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  7. This is a delicious and nutritious adaptation of upma. With varagu, it looks wonderful. I would enjoy this with curd and pickle to the side.

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  8. Wow I love the way this dish looks! So nicely cooked and it must have tasted awesome..Upma really tastes delicious.

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  9. Vaangi bath powder is such a life saver naa. I love to add it to my upma as well. The mild varagu upma without onion sounds delicious and perfect Thursday meal.

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