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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ragi Vermicelli - Mango Halwa & Ragi Vermicelli - Cracked Wheat Upma

Today marks the seventh and final day of BM#6 for the participants in group 1. Srivalli has paired bloggers on the final day so that we can cook picking a recipe from each other's blog, adhering to our themes. I have been paired with Archana and unfortunately, she hasn't blogged any recipes related to my theme 'Ragi'. And so, Srivalli has given me a green signal to go ahead with my own recipe and today, here I am with not one but two ragi recipes. A halwa and upma like a Bangalore's popular chowchow bhath combo. However instead of keeping it simple, I have paired ragi vermicelli with mango, the king of fruits for a flavorful halwa and with a delicious combo of cracked wheat - coconut in upma. The combinations did work out well resulting in yummy dishes.

Ragi Vermicelli - Mango Halwa:

3/4 cup ragi vermicelli
Puree from a mango (I had about 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup water
Sugar to taste
1 tsp Cardamom powder
1 tbsp each - ghee and cashews

* Toast the cashews until golden in ghee and keep aside. To the same ghee, add the vermicelli and fry for a minute.
* Bring the water to a rolling boil and add the vermicelli and mango puree. Cook covered on low flame until vermicelli is done. Add extra water if needed. It takes a little longer than usual because of the addition of mango. Then add sugar and continue to cook until the sugar melts and gets incorporated into the mixture. Add cardamom powder and the toasted cashews and mix well. Turn off the stove.
Vermicelli can be cooked alone and then mango puree may be added. This second method surely cuts down the time but it would not be a thicker version of halwa.

Ragi Vermicelli - Cracked Wheat Upma:

Now let's move on to the second recipe. This one is a quick and healthy breakfast combined with the goodness of ragi and wheat. It takes around 10 minutes to prepare this breakfast and the addition of any veggies would make it wholesome.
Ingredients: (2 - 3 servings)
1 cup vermicelli
1/4 cup cracked wheat / godhuma rava
1/4 cup grated coconut (fresh / frozen)
3 green chillies, chopped fine ()
1.5 cup water
Salt to taste
For tadka:
1 - 2 Tbsp oil, 1 tsp chanadal, 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp uraddal (split black gram), 1 Tbsp cashews (optional), few curry leaves

Heat oil in a pan and add the tadka ingredients. When the dals start to turn reddish, add the green chillies and sauté for a few seconds. Then add the water and salt to the pan. When water starts to boil, add the ragi vermicelli, cracked wheat and coconut. Stir well, lower the heat and cover the pan. Cook until done. 

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Reva said...

That a very unusual combination of ingredients. I love both ... looks absolutely delicious:) Good work..

Mélange ! said...

Drooling over your halwa..Amazing clicks and loved the entire idea.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, both are amazing recipes. I didn't know they had ragi vermicilli too, looks superb.

harini-jaya said...

Wow! Ragi vermicell and Mango sure is a winning combination.
Haven't tried Cracked wheat with ragi vermicelli ..sounds interesting

Usha said...

I am liking both the recipes!

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Super delicious ragi dishes.. yumm..

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SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

very interesting and wonderful recipes !! new to me also !!

Sobha Shyam said...

Both the recipes look awesome..lovely combo in both of them..jus posted a cracked wheat upma recipe now..nice to see a lovely recipe here..


swapna said...

Delicious recipe....beautiful combo!!

Priya said...

Omg, both halwa and upma looks super delicious and highly healthy and addictive..yumm!

Vardhini said...

Looks absolutely delicious and lovely combo.

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Srivalli said...

Suma both the pictures are looking so tempting!..lovely capture I must say...

Torviewtoronto said...

many wonderful dishes with ragi flour seems like I have missed some
this looks flavourful delicious

Aarthi said...

this looks so yum

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Such an awesome halwa have never thought of it ..will try soon..n upma so yumm

Jayashree said...

I liked both.....am partial to the combo of mangoes and ragi, though.

arthi said...

both dishes are new to me..like them a lot..

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Healthy and cool looking dishes... Looks so mouthwatering. YUM!

rekhas kitchen said...

Wonderfull recipes suma specially halwa makes me droolll sounds realy yummm..