Bajra Upma / Healthy millet upma

Bajra Upma / Healthy millet upma

This Bajra Upma is a very tasty & healthy breakfast item,

Monsoon is here in western ghats. Along with it comes the chill. It has been customary to stock up Bajra during cooler seasons to cook few items to give the body much needed energy boost. Whole lot of other dishes can be made with millet flours other than plain Rotis. Mixed with the right proportion of some starchy flours like Tapioca or Arrowroot, gluten free flour mix can be made for baking cookies and cakes. Steamed millet flour makes delicious Puttu. Cooked millet flours make tasty Idiyappams.

One such item is this Bajra Upma.

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Bajra Upma


1/2 cup Bajra flour
½ cup finely chopped shallots / onions
2 to 3 green chillies chopped finely
1’’ piece ginger chopped finely
some curry leaves

Take Bajra atta in a vessel, add ½ tsp salt and sprinkle water little by little till it becomes a crumbly mixture as in Puttu consistency. When you make a ball, it should hold and when you crumble, it should become powder.

In a 2 litre cooker layer as follows:

  1. 2 tblsp water, 2 tsp coconut oil
  2. shallots / onions, chillies,  ginger, curry leaves
  3. Keep a ring in the centre.
  4. Keep a plate / shallow vessel with the bajra flour mix on the ring

Close the cooker with the weight on and cook on high for 3 whistles.

Let pressure settle. Add the flour to the onion and spices, mix thoroughly. Add tadka of mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal, curry leaves and asafoetida in coconut oil.

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February 10th is celebrated as World Pulses Day. I am an avid fan of whole pulses / lentils. When I took a review of my posts so far, I realised I have as of today posted 22 recipes using whole pulses & legumes. I decided to compile all those recipes and make an eBook that you can download from my site.


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