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
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
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 !