Ragi Upma (Savory Finger Millet Porridge): Breakfast Recipe

Updated on February 23, 2020
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I like to cook and eat natural, healthy, and tasty foods. I use minimal oil and don't use artificial colors or preservatives in my cooking.

Ragi upma (savory finger millet porridge).
Ragi upma (savory finger millet porridge).

How to Get Your Kids to Eat a Nutritious Breakfast

Ragi, or finger millet, is a gluten-free cereal that is a staple in South India. It is packed with good carbohydrates, amino acids, fiber, vitamin D, and calcium. Because of its high fiber content, finger millet may help to control body weight, cholesterol, and diabetes.

Ragi upma (savory finger millet porridge) is a delicious breakfast, suitable for everyone—especially for growing children. Although many kids don't like finger millet products because of its dark brown color and earthy flavor, this dish is an exception.

Ragi upma includes a lot of veggies that enhance the flavor. Undoubtedly, this is an extremely nutritious, filling, and wholesome breakfast for everyone.

Making this recipe is very easy and fast. Make sure you serve this dish hot to enjoy its deliciousness and fresh flavor. Once it cools down completely, it becomes soggy and hard.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal (white lentils)
  • 2 dry red chilies, broken
  • a few curry leaves
  • 1 cup (loosely packed) mixed leafy greens (e.g., spinach, coriander, and mint leaves), chopped
  • 1 tablespoon peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato, finely chopped
  • 1/4 inch ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 bowl (medium size) finger millet flour (ragi flour)
  • 2 bowls water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon coriander leaves, finely chopped, for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon ghee (optional), for serving
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated coconut

Instructions

  1. In a deep-bottomed pan, heat the oil. Throw in mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Add, urad dal, curry leaves, and broken red chilies.
  2. Saute until the lentils become golden brown. Add peanuts. Saute for 2 minutes or until they become crispy.
  3. Throw in the chopped onions and ginger. Saute until the onions become pinkish. Add chopped tomatoes, green leafy veggies, sugar, and salt. Saute until the veggies wilt.
  4. Add 2 bowls of water. Stir the mixture once. Let it come to a gentle boil. Add finger millet flour at once in the center. Don't spread it. Make a deep hole in the center with the help of a spatula. (Making the hole in the center helps the boiling water enter inside and cook the flour properly from within.)
  5. Keep the flame medium-low. Cover the pan, and cook for about 8 minutes.
  6. Open the lid and quickly stir the mixture. This way, the uncooked finger millet flour also gets cooked.
  7. Add grated coconut and lemon juice. Blend them with the remaining contents in the pan. Turn off the heat.
  8. Take a small bowl and grease it with some ghee. Fill with upma, press a little, and invert the bowl onto the serving plate.
  9. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. Enjoy!

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Step 1: In a deep-bottomed pan, make a tempering as per instructions.Add peanuts. Saute until they roast.Add chopped onions. Saute until they become pinkish.Step 2: Throw in chopped green leafy veggies, chopped tomatoes, sugar, and salt.Saute the mixture until the leafy greens wilt.Step 3: Add two bowls of water. Let it come to a gentle boil.Step 4: Add finger millet flour at once in the center. Don't spread it. Make a deep hole in the center of the flour.Keep the heat medium low. Cover the pan and cook for about 8 minutes. Afterward, open the lid and quickly mix the contents. This way, the uncooked flour cooks properly.Step 5: Add grated coconut and lemon juice. Blend it with the mixture. Turn off the heat. Ragi upma is ready to serve!Serve it garnished with chopped coriander leaves and some ghee on top.
Step 1: In a deep-bottomed pan, make a tempering as per instructions.
Step 1: In a deep-bottomed pan, make a tempering as per instructions.
Add peanuts. Saute until they roast.
Add peanuts. Saute until they roast.
Add chopped onions. Saute until they become pinkish.
Add chopped onions. Saute until they become pinkish.
Step 2: Throw in chopped green leafy veggies, chopped tomatoes, sugar, and salt.
Step 2: Throw in chopped green leafy veggies, chopped tomatoes, sugar, and salt.
Saute the mixture until the leafy greens wilt.
Saute the mixture until the leafy greens wilt.
Step 3: Add two bowls of water. Let it come to a gentle boil.
Step 3: Add two bowls of water. Let it come to a gentle boil.
Step 4: Add finger millet flour at once in the center. Don't spread it. Make a deep hole in the center of the flour.
Step 4: Add finger millet flour at once in the center. Don't spread it. Make a deep hole in the center of the flour.
Keep the heat medium low. Cover the pan and cook for about 8 minutes. Afterward, open the lid and quickly mix the contents. This way, the uncooked flour cooks properly.
Keep the heat medium low. Cover the pan and cook for about 8 minutes. Afterward, open the lid and quickly mix the contents. This way, the uncooked flour cooks properly.
Step 5: Add grated coconut and lemon juice. Blend it with the mixture. Turn off the heat. Ragi upma is ready to serve!
Step 5: Add grated coconut and lemon juice. Blend it with the mixture. Turn off the heat. Ragi upma is ready to serve!
Serve it garnished with chopped coriander leaves and some ghee on top.
Serve it garnished with chopped coriander leaves and some ghee on top.
5 stars for Ragi Upma (Savory Finger Millet Porridge)

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 188
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Carbohydrates 36 g12%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 4 g8%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 10 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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  • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR

    ShailaSheshadri 

    8 months ago from Bengaluru

    Thanks for your comments. I will try to make it whenever I am free.

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    Halemane Muralikrishna 

    8 months ago from South India

    I invite you to read some of my hubs and find your interest there. That way you may give suggestions to emerging hubbers like us.

  • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR

    ShailaSheshadri 

    8 months ago from Bengaluru

    Thanks for reading the article. I have added very little sugar to balance the taste. If you have a sweet tooth, can try adding some more.

  • hmkrishna profile image

    Halemane Muralikrishna 

    8 months ago from South India

    Wonderful recipe for kids, let me try too Ms. Shaila Sheshadri. You are doing innovations in cooking. How if some sugar or jaggery is added while cooking?

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