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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Bajra Vermicelli Upma

Cooking in summer is all about spending as little time as possible in the hot kitchen. It is about making one pot meals that are nutritious, filling and quick to make. This bajra(pearl millet) vermicelli upma is one such dish that can be made with minimal effort.

What you need:
Bajra (pearl millet) vermicelli - 1 pkt (180 gms)
Onion - 1, chopped fine
Green chilli - 2, minced
Ginger - a one inch piece, julienned
Sprouted green peas - cooked, 1/4 cup
Peanuts - 2 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp
Broken Urad dal -  1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - a handful

Soak the vermicelli in plenty of water for a minute. Drain and transfer to a perforated pan. Steam cook for 5 minutes. Set aside.
Heat oil in a pan. Add the urad and mustard seeds. When the seeds pop, add the curry leaves, green chilli and ginger. Saute on low heat for a minute. Add the peanuts and fry till they start to brown. Now add the onion and saute till translucent. Stir in the green peas and heat for a minute. Add the cooked vermicelli and salt. Stir well and heat for a minute or two.
Serve hot with pickle and curd or with any chutney of your choice.

Note : If you live in or are visiting Coimbatore, Bajra vermicelli is available in Kannan Department Store, which also stocks other varieties like Wheat vermicelli and tomato vermicelli. The tomato vermicelli tastes really good too. 
Veggies like carrot, beans, potatoes can be added to the upma to make it more nutritious. My little one love peas and I happened to have sprouted green peas on hand which is why it has been added.

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18 comments:

Srivalli said...

Wow Jay I have not come across this yet..looks good and so healthy as well..

Sangeetha said...

bajra vermicelli upma perfect for a filling n tasty breakfast...looks too good,nicely done !
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Priya said...

Wish i get this bajra vermicelli here, upma looks super healthy.

sra said...

Have never come across bajra vermicelli! That will be my new hunt.

foodiliciousnan said...

This is a lovely healthy upma! And thanks for the infor on where this vermicelli is available...will try to pick ip up whenever next I visit Coimbatore

The Pumpkin Farm said...

always wanted to increase jowar and bajra in the daily diet, this looks very nice

Turmeric n Spice said...

One of my favorite quick meals

PriyaVaasu said...

Healthy Breakfast!!!

PriyaVaasu said...

Healthy Breakfast!!!

Swati Sapna said...

I have never seen bajra vermicelli! Must check if its available here in Mumbai... This is such a simple, healthy snack!

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Healthy and tasty upma,filling breakfast...

Smitha said...

Bajra vermicelli!...thats new to me...would love to find that! upma looks delish!

Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran said...

Quick and healthy diet with bajra.

vaishali sabnani said...

new one...how abt sending parcels to all?...:)))

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Great nutritious vermicelli upma!

Pavani said...

I have never seen bajra vermicelli. Your dish looks healthy & delicious.

Chef Mireille said...

healthy and delicious

Suma Gandlur said...

Interesting. I don't think I have come across bajra vermicelli yet.