Ragi Upma | Finger Millet Upma

 Ragi Upma | Finger Millet Upma 

Ragi Upma

Ragi Upma is a wholesome and delicious South Indian dish made from ragi flour (finger millet), a nutrient-dense grain that packs a punch both in terms of flavor and health benefits.

Originating from the southern states of India, Ragi Upma holds a special place in South Indian cuisine. Known for its simplicity and nourishing qualities, it has been a staple breakfast or snack option for many generations, providing a comforting and nutritious start to the day.

Ragi is a nutritional powerhouse, rich in calcium, iron, fiber, and other essential nutrients. It is gluten-free and a great source of antioxidants, making it a valuable addition to a balanced diet.

Including ragi in your diet can help in weight management, improve digestion, boost bone health, and regulate blood sugar levels. Its high fiber content keeps you full for longer, making it a great choice for those looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

While ragi upma makes a wholesome breakfast option, it also shines as a light dinner or even a satisfying snack. Enjoy it piping hot for a comforting and nutritious meal any time of the day.

Adjust the spice level of your ragi upma by increasing or decreasing the amount of green chilies or red chili powder in the recipe. Make it just right for your taste. Pair your ragi upma with a dollop of fresh yogurt, tangy pickles or tomato chutney, coconut chutney or vathakulambu etc.. The contrasting flavors and textures will take your eating experience up a notch.

Ragi upma is a versatile and nutritious dish that can be tailored to suit your preferences. Whether you load it up with veggies or adjust the spice level to your liking, this wholesome meal is sure to satisfy. So, next time you're looking for a hearty and flavorful dish, give ragi upma a try—it might just become your new favorite comfort food!


Ragi flour-1&1/2 cups
Rava -1/2 cup
Onion -1-2 nos
Ginger-1 inch piece
Green chillies -2-3 nos
Carrot -1/4 cup
Beans-1/4 cup
Mustard seeds -1/2 tsp
Urad dal-1 tsp
Bengal gram dal-1 tsp
Cumin seeds -1 /2 tsp
Salt to taste
Cashews -few
Curry leaves-few
Coriander leaves -few
Oil -1-2 tsps
Ghee-1-2 tsps

Ragi Upma Recipe Video 


👉Heat oil + ghee in a kadai add mustard seeds, urad dal, Bengal gram dal, cumin seeds ,curry leaves and allow it to splutter.

👉Add onion, ginger, green chilies and sauté well. 

👉Now add carrots, beans and sauté until the veggies are half done.

👉Add rava and roast in medium heat for about a minute.

👉Next add in the ragi flour and roast it for about 2 minutes in medium flame .

👉Add 5 cups of hot water , required salt and mix everything well without any lumps.

👉Cook covered for 5 minutes in medium flame making sure to stir occasionally until the ragi upma thickens.(Note :Ragi Upma will thicken overtime so remove from heat in slightly gooey consistency)

👉Garnish with roasted cashews and freshly chopped coriander leaves.

👉Serve hot.

Preparation Time-20 minutes 

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