Breakfast, Millets, Upma

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. Similar Upma that you could like is Rava Kichadi (Tamilnadu style Masala sooji Upma)


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.) 



How to:

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. Once done, add the cooked millet, salt , coriander and coriander leaves. Mix well and serve hot . 
  4. Tastes best when served immediately with yoghurt or a cup of steaming coffee ! 



  1. Suma Gandlur

    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.

  2. vaishali sabnani

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

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

  4. Sharmila Kingsly

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

  5. CookwithRenu

    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.

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

  7. Gayathri Kumar

    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.

  8. Srivalli

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

  9. Srividhya

    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.

  10. Yet to use kodo millet in my dishes. Vangi Bhath masala is also new to me.. what all dishes it is used for??

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