Friday, November 21, 2014

Varagu Upma / Kodo Millet Upma Recipe / Varagu Arisi Upma

Varagu Upma Recipe
Varagu Upma is a quick and easy breakfast recipe that you can make for a busy morning.You can even make it just plain or with vegetables.Varagu is also called as English : Kodo Millet, Telugu: Arikelu, Hindi: Kodra, Kannada: Harka.

I have tried few varagu recipes and this one is a quick fix for me when I am tired to make something elaborate for breakfast...I usually make it plain but sometimes add vegetables too.Keep changing your breakfast menu every now and then....don't stick with just millets or oats daily have a change in your menu every week so that you don't get bored and also to get the health benefits of everything.Have a great weekend!! :)

Varagu Upma Recipe

Varagu Upma Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Breakfast | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Varagu(Kodo Millet) - 1/2 cup
Carrot - 1 mediumsized  chopped finely
Beans - 6 nos finely chopped
Big Onion - 1 chopped finely
Water - 1 cup
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad Dal - 3/4 tsp
Curry leaves- a small sprig
Green Chilli - 1 small sliced
Hing - a pinch


  1. Rinse the millet well,drain water and set aside.In a pressure cooker heat oil - add the items listed under 'to temper' let it splutter, then add onion and fry till transparent.
    Varagu Upma Recipe - Step1
  2. Then add the veggies and saute for 3mins or until raw smell leaves along with required salt.Then add the millet and give a quick mix.
    Varagu Upma Recipe - Step2
  3. Add water and pressure cook for 3 whistles in low medium flame and switch off..Once pressure releases, fluff it up.
    Varagu Upma Recipe - Step3
Serve hot / warm!
Kodo Millet Upma Recipe

My Notes:

  • You can use any of your favorite veggies too.You can even add 1 small tomato for a tangy flavour.
  • You can try this recipe with other millets like samai, kuthiraivali etc.
  • You can even add a 1/2 tsp of lemon juice for a lemony flavour.
Varagu Upma Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Dear Sharmi,
    This is really a different dish, your clicks are tempting to try soon.
    A small doubt is this Varagu arisi or the other one varagu grains... please clarify. Shall we make this in Thinai arisi, samai arisi, kuthiraivali arisi,,, any change in other addings or water measure?

    1. This is varagu arisi...Yes you can try with other millets too....same measure for samai and kuthiraivali will work, for thinai you need to soak and cook

  2. Thank you Sharmi, I'll try and tell you the results.


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