Monday, July 16, 2012

Ragi Semiya Upma (Finger Millet)

          Ragi or Finger Millet is known for its nutritional values, it has a reasonable amount of fiber, protein and is a good source of calcium. It's widely used in Indian food, India being the major producer of ragi. The most common dish made with this is a porridge and also ragi rotis. Now, you get this ready made ragi noodles (semiya), available in Indian grocery stores, which can be used in a number of ways. You can make both sweet and savory dishes with it. Today's dish is a spicy version, it makes up for a good breakfast or as a nice light dinner..

Need To Have

  • Ragi Semiya - 2 packets (200 gms each)
  • Onions - 3 medium chopped
  • Tomatoes - 2 medium chopped
  • Capsicum - 1 medium chopped
  • Garlic - 3 cloves chopped
  • Peanuts - 1/4 cup
  • Urad Or Black Gram Dal - 2 teaspoon
  • Mustard Seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Curry Leaves - 10 to 15
  • Chopped Coriander - to garnish

          Add the ragi noodles to cold water, keep it immersed for 2 minutes. Then remove it from the water and steam it for 5 minutes. Separate it with a fork, let it cool and keep it covered. Now, heat some oil, add the urad dal, followed by the peanuts, keep roasting for a few minutes, till the peanuts is well roasted, then add the mustard seeds. When it starts spluttering, add the curry leaves, garlic, saute for a minute, add the chopped onions. Keep sauteing till it turns pink, then add the capsicum, saute again for about 5 minutes, then add the tomatoes and the salt, keep mixing for another 2 minutes. Now mix in the steamed ragi, mix well, garnish with some chopped coriander and serve it warm with a pickle and curd on the side.

Do not leave the ragi noodles ( semiya) in cold water for more than 2 minutes, if it gets completely soaked, then you'll end up with a ball of ragi, not noodles. 
Also don't overcook the tomatoes and make it mushy, then again you'll end up with a gooey mixture.
You can also add chopped green chillies or replace the capsicum with jalapenos for a more spicier version.
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  1. healthy and nutritious breakfast..

  2. very healthy recipe....looking delicious :)

  3. new one for me.. looks delicious.. will search for ragi semiya :)

  4. wow! never used ragi before but this looks so tempting!!

  5. wow, this looks super healthy n delciious, never used ragi and haven't seen ragi semiya too..looks great !!

  6. Nice click hema...I haven't added peanuts with this semia..will try it next time.

  7. What a healthy and yum recipe!

  8. Healthy and nice one, I used to say brown noodles to my kids.

  9. healthy delight with lovely presentation...

  10. Never tried ragi semiya..though I am seeing it in the market these days...will try soon...Your bowl of upma looks very delicious with a lovely crunch from the peanuts

  11. A healthy & tasty tiffin recipe..Loved the addition of peanuts..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  12. I love noodle and crazy about spicy one >.<
    I hope I can try it someday :)

  13. I can finish this whole bowl without any hesitation, wat a nutritious food.

  14. I have a packet of ragi semiya which was sent by my mom..Have to try this..

  15. Wow never heard of Ravi semi ya...will need to try buying this.....

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