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Varagu upma

Lavanya Dhanasekaran
30 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
2 People
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ABOUT Varagu upma RECIPE

A diabetic friendly recipe.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Boiling
  • Breakfast and Brunch
  • Gluten Free

Ingredients Serving: 2

  1. Onion-1/2 cup, chopped
  2. Green chilli- 1 slit
  3. Ginger- 1 inch piece
  4. Varagu/ kodo millet- 1/2 cup
  5. Green peas- 1 cup
  6. Grated coconut -3 tbsp
  7. Water- 1 cup
  8. salt as needed
  9. Water-1 cup
  10. Mustard seeds 1 tsp
  11. Black gram dal 1 tsp
  12. cumin seeds 1 tsp
  13. oil 2 tbsp
  14. Hing- a pinch
  15. Curry leaves 1 sprig


  1. Wash the millet and soak it for 20 to 30 mins, then drain the water and keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds, when it splutters, add the urad dal, red chillies and hing.
  3. When the dal turns golden brown, add the finely chopped onions, green chilli, ginger, curry leaves, green peas and saute until the onions turn transparent.
  4. Add 1 cup of water and salt. When the water starts boiling, lower the heat and add the millets while stirring continuously. Cover and cook on a low heat while stirring from time to time.
  5. Serve hot with any chutney of your choice.

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