varagu upma with step by step photos
varagu arisi upma is another way of making healthy and tasty breakfast. This can be simply called as varagu upma. This rice variety is called as “varagu” in Malayalam, “Arikelu” in Telugu and “Harka” in Kannada. Apart from upma, you can also make kanji, pongal, adai and many other dishes with varagu arisi.
Upma is a popular South Indian breakfast item. It is generally served with chutney or pickle, and sugar for kids, but I love my upma with bananas. But recently, when I posted my idli podi recipe, I got a comment from a reader that he loves to add it on his upma and he loves it. That was very new to me and wanted to try it once. I sprinkled some idli podi on top of my varagu arisi upma, and believe me, it was very tasty.
Upma is served in almost all the restaurants in South India. The traditional version of this famous dish is made with rava or semolina, but there are various versions available nowadays. Before marriage, the only upma I knew were rava upma, aval upma and semiya upma. Both these were made with lots of veggies in it. After marriage, my MIL introduced another version of upma, podi ari upma. Though she made it with broken raw rice, I made a slight change and tried it with palakkadan broken rose matta rice. This inspired me to try out this varagu arisi upma. The amount of water needed to cook varagu rice varies from the regular upma varieties. Here I have added vegetables to the upma to make it healthy and tasty. Varagu arisi upma can be made without veggies also. It is very easy to prepare too.
Everyone in my family including kids love upma and we prepare it at least once in a week. Being born and brought up in Kerala, I too have an attraction towards coconut and coconut oil. So, I always prefer adding coconut in my upma and finally, I drizzle little coconut oil on top to which gives a nice flavor to upma. But it is a personal choice. If you don’t like coconut oil, drizzle 1 tablespoon of ghee on top which will give a nice flavor and taste to your upma.
There are various reasons why I selected varagu rice for making my upma. Varagu rice is gluten free and is packed with vitamins and minerals. It has got high nutritive contents which make it good for kids and provides them energy for doing their daily activities. It has high fiber content which helps to keep our system regular. It is rich in phytic acid which is known to reduce cholesterol levels. It also helps in reducing your blood sugar. These are very few benefits of varagu rice and there are many more health benefits of this rice. Now to the recipe..
varagu upma recipe
- varagu arisi or kodo millet – 1 cup
- onion – 1 medium, finely chopped
- carrot – 2 tablespoons, finely chopped
- potato – 2 tablespoons, finely chopped
- beans – 4 to 5, finely chopped
- green chili – 2, sliced
- ginger – 1 piece, finely chopped
- salt – to taste
- coconut – 2 tablespoons grated (optional)
- water – 3 cups
- oil – 2 tablespoons
- mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
- chana dal – 1 tablespoon
- curry leaves -few
- dry red chili – 2, broken
- coconut oil or ghee – 1 tablespoon
how to make varagu upma recipe
1. Wash rice nicely once or twice in clear water. You will find water becoming slightly brownish. This is because of dirt. Wash till the water becomes clear. Drain water and keep it aside.
2. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds. Once mustard seeds splutter, add dry red chilly, curry leaves, channa dal, ginger and green chili, Saute well till the raw smell goes off.
3. Then add chopped onion and saute till onion turn transparent. Then add chopped veggies, and a little salt. Saute well.
4. Add water and bring it to boil. Once water starts boiling, add salt, and cleaned millet, mix nicely.
5. Bring the flame to low, cover the pan and cook for around 10 minutes. Stir in between. Wait till the entire water gets absorbed.
6. Now add scraped coconut and mix well. Finally, smear ghee or coconut oil on top.
7. Upma is ready to be served. Serve it with chutney.