I have written a lot about the health benefits of millets in my earlier post on millets. This upma is prepared with varagu known as kodo millet in English, is gluten-free, highly nutritious, fiber rich and is very filling. It is easy to prepare and takes very less time to make this healthy upma. Today we will learn how to make Kodo millet upma following this easy recipe.
Finely chop onions, ginger and all the vegetables.(You can use a mix of carrot, peas, beans and potato) Diabetics should avoid potato.
Wash millet, drain the water and keep it aside.
Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal, red chillies and hing.
When dal turns golden brown, add finely chopped onions, green chilli, ginger, curry leaves and saute until onions turn transparent.
Then add all the vegetables (carrot, beans, peas and potato) and saute for a few minutes.
Add 1 1/2 cup of water and salt needed. (taste the water and see if the salt added is enough. If the water is a bit salty, it will be perfect once you add millets.)
When water starts boiling, lower the heat and add the millets stirring continuously. Cover and cook on low heat stirring from time to time.
Serve hot with any chutney of your choice.
Note - You get varagu (kodo millet) with hull and without hull. I have used varagu with hull, that is why it is brown in color. Whether you use kodo millet with hull or without hull, the method is the same.
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