Ragi Upma – Weight Loss Recipe

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Ragi Upma Recipe | How To Make Weight Loss Ragi Rava Upma with detailed photo and video recipe. Basically, an easy and simple morning breakfast recipe prepared with ragi millet, finely chopped vegetables, and herbs. It is basically an ideal healthy breakfast recipe that not helps to supply all the required nutrients but also helps to reduce weight. Like the traditional counterpart, even this upma is also served with spicy coconut chutney to make it a complete meal.
Ragi Upma


Ragi Upma Recipe | How To Make Weight Loss Ragi Rava Upma with step-by-step photo and video recipe. Upma and poha are perhaps one of the most common breakfast recipes from South Indian cuisine, if not across India. It is perhaps the default option for morning breakfast if we run out of all the fancy and popular choices. However, the same semolina or sooji-based upma can be monotonous and to make it more interesting, you have other options like ragi upma known for its health benefits.

I have always been a huge fan of simple, easy, and quick breakfast recipes. As matter of fact, if you browse through my breakfast recipe categories, you would find many such easy and healthy options. However, I do get a lot of requests for some healthy millet-based breakfast recipes. I have posted a few, but millet recipes are the preferred ones. Hence continuing the tradition, I am posting a unique breakfast recipe. In other words, it is basically an upma alternative with ragi millet. Well, you may think ragi rava upma can be bland or tasteless, but trust me it is a tasty breakfast. Moreover, I have shared a perfect coconut side condiment which would make it even more interesting. Do try this recipe once as an alternative to rava upma and I guess you would certainly continue it.

Ragi Upma Furthermore, some more additional and important tips, suggestions, and variants to the ragi upma recipe. Firstly, the roasting of ragi is important and critical for this recipe. Roasting helps to release the aroma, and flavor instead of using a raw one. Also, dry roasting is the preferred one, but you may use ghee to roast it. Secondly, you may experiment with this recipe by adding vegetables and spice mix. I have made a like-to-like, but adding vegetables is open-ended. Also, you may add spice mixes like pulao masala, vangi bath, or bisi bele bath powder for more variants. Lastly, I have used the 1:1 ratio of rava and ragi for a perfect balance. You may change the ratio as per your taste and preference. Also, ensure to follow the dry ingredient to water ratio as it may break the consistency if more or less water is used.

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About Ragi Upma:

Millets or Ragi recipes have always been known for their health benefits. However, these recipes are also known for their bland and tasteless features. Hence, these are typically served with a spicy or lip-smacking curry or side dish. This can make it less healthy or may be less efficient. However, the ragi rava upma is an exception. The main reason is ragi and rava contain fewer calories and more protein and fiber. Hence it is recommended as an alternative to rice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

In this recipe of Ragi Upma, I have used the combination of rava and ragi millet in a 1:1 ratio. This makes it a tasty and more flavored breakfast meal. However, adding rava is not mandatory and can be skipped if you do not like to. In other words, you may prepare this recipe with just ragi, to make it a healthy meal. However, it may not be as tasty as a combination of rava. Also, I have added a lot of veggies, spices, and herbs to make it more interesting. Adding veggies again is not mandatory, but it would impact on the health benefits and hence I would recommend using it.

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Ragi Upma

Ragi Upma Recipe | Ragi Rava Upma - Weight Loss Recipe

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine south indian
Servings 3 Servings
Calories 430 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • few curry leaves
  • pinch hing
  • 2 tbsp cashew
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 2 chilli, slit
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • ½ capsicum, chopped
  • ½ tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup rava, coarse
  • 1 cup ragi flour
  • cup hot water
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 2 tbsp coriander, chopped

Instructions
 

  • firstly, in a large kadai heat 2 tbsp oil. splutter 1 tsp mustard, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chana dal, few curry leaves, pinch hing and 2 tbsp cashew.
  • add ½ onion, 2 chilli and saute slightly.
  • also add 1 carrot, ½ capsicum, ½ tomato and saute for a minute.
  • further, add 1 cup rava and roast for 1 minute.
  • now add 1 cup ragi flour, 1 tsp salt and continue to roast for 2 minutes.
  • add in 4½ cup hot water and mix well.
  • continue to stir until the water is well absorbed.
  • add 2 tbsp ghee, cover, and simmer for 3 minutes.
  • finally, add 2 tbsp coriander and enjoy ragi upma with coconut chutney.

Nutrition

Calories: 430kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 21gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 675mgPotassium: 397mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 4562IUVitamin C: 82mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 2mg
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How to make ragi upma with step-by-step photos:

  1. firstly, in a large kadai heat 2 tbsp oil. splutter 1 tsp mustard, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chana dal, few curry leaves, pinch hing and 2 tbsp cashew.
  2. add ½ onion, 2 chilli and saute slightly.
  3. also add 1 carrot, ½ capsicum, ½ tomato and saute for a minute.
  4. further, add 1 cup rava and roast for 1 minute.
  5. now add 1 cup ragi flour, 1 tsp salt and continue to roast for 2 minutes.
  6. add in 4½ cup hot water and mix well.
  7. continue to stir until the water is well absorbed.
  8. add 2 tbsp ghee, cover, and simmer for 3 minutes.
  9. finally, add 2 tbsp coriander and enjoy ragi upma with coconut chutney.
    Ragi Upma

Notes:

  • firstly, make sure to add rava along with ragi flour. else the upma will turn sticky and not taste great.
  • also, adding vegetables is optional. however, it will add crunchy bites and make it healthy.
  • additionally, topping with a tbsp of ghee will elevate the flavour of upma.
  • finally, ragi upma or ragi rava upma recipe is a healthy and tasty breakfast.

Faqs:

What is ragi upma?

It is a simple and healthy nutritious breakfast recipe from South India. It is basically a healthy alternative to semolina or rava upma made with the same set of ingredients. Apart from serving breakfast, it can also be served for lunch and dinner as an alternative to rice, due to the less amount of calories in it.

Is ragi upma healthy?

Yes any kind of millet's considered healthy and nutritious. Hence it is induced into the daily meal routines. Ragi Upma is also considered one of the healthy meals with less amount of calories and is rich in proteins and fiber. In addition, it also helps in digestion, is good for bones, lowers blood pressure, and regulates blood sugar levels.

Is ragi upma gluten-free?

Ragi upma can be made as gluten-free but ragi rava upma is not. If you wish to make it gluten-free you need to use just ragi flour and skip the semolina or rava as it is a wheat product.

What are the benefits of eating ragi upma?

From a health benefits perspective, it is a good source of fiber, proteins, and magnesium. It also contains abundant source of vitamins, iron, and calcium which is essential for bone health and mass. Apart from the health benefits, it can be the best alternative to regular semolina-based upma.

What can be served with ragi upma?

It can be served as it is without any additional sides as it is loaded with all the veggies and herbs. Yet it can be served with spicy coconut chutney and even coconut sambar. In addition, it can also be served with a dollop of curd or yogurt.

Is ragi upma vegan?

Well, if you skip or use oil in place of ghee it should be the vegan recipe. Also, avoid using any other dairy products like yogurt or curd to make it a vegan recipe.

Can ragi upma be made without vegetables?

Well, it can be made without veggies, but adding veggies really helps to enhance the flavor and taste. It also makes it interesting and hence I would heavily recommend it.

Can ragi upma be made ahead of time?

Yes it can be made ahead of time and stored in an air-tight container and in the refrigerator. However, upma recipes are always best served immediately. You may reheat but it would not carry the same taste and consistency.

What is the texture of ragi upma?

It would be semi-solid like a traditional upma recipe. Perhaps, you may consider it as a semi-solid porridge but may get hard or solid in texture when rested.

Can ragi upma be frozen?

Yes you may freeze it and store it for 3-4 months. But I personally recommend preparing this freshly and serving it immediately for the best taste. It takes only a few minutes to prepare. Yet, you can freeze it and reheat it via microwave or using the stovetop method.

Is ragi upma spicy?

This recipe would be considered as medium spicy but the spice level is pure and subjective to individual preference. Hence you may increase or decrease as per your own individual choice.

Is ragi upma suitable for people with diabetes?

Well, any millet-based recipe is ideal for diabetes patients. This is because of the glycemic index which internally helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Hence ragi upma can also be considered for diabetes patients but may have to consult with healthcare professionals before consuming it.