Varagarisi – Varagu – Kodo Millet looks like sago/Sabudana/Tapioca pearls/Javarsi and can be cooked like rice.
1 cup Varagarisi – Kodo Millet
2 tsp Toor /toovar Dhal
Salt to taste.
1 tbsp chopped green chillis
Sprigs of Curry leaves
1 tsp grated Ginger
To Temper :
3 tsp chana dhal
Pinch of Asafoetida
3 tsp Oil
Clean the millets and then wash Varagarisi/ Kodo millets and dhal together and drain
Take a heavy bottomed wok or a deep kadai , keep it on a low flame with and add some oil to heat it up.
First crackle the mustard seeds and then add gram dhal.let it it turn brown/ golden color, add asafoetida, curry leaves and green chilly. Just as we prepare normal sooji upma, same procedure to be followed.
Add 2 3/4 Cups of water. Add salt.. Let the flame be high in the beginning as the water has to be roll boiling while adding the rice and dal.
Within few minutes when you notice the water boiling add the rice and dal
After adding rice and dal to the boiling water, lower the flame to low and close with a plate or li
After few minutes , say 4 minutes open to check and stir well . You will notice the millets and the dal has cooked and looking fluffed. You need to cover the wok with the lid for some more time for 2 minutes after switching off the flame.
After 4 minutes open the wok and you will see the upma has been cooked perfectly.Keep it covered till serving to retain the heat.
Kodo millets /Varagarisi may take around 10 minutes to get done.
You can serve the healthy tasty millet upma with chutney , sambar. or both.,.