9799692b348 Nivedhanam: Kambu Semiya Upuma – Millet Recipes

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Kambu Semiya Upuma – Millet Recipes

With the New Year brings New Year resolutions and a lot of people have “Eating healthy” or “Weight Management” as part of their resolution. Here I am with a recipe to help….I love visiting shops that healthy items like millets, many types of rice, many types of flour etc.. We learn so much about the ingredients available for us. But a lot of ingredients are new and unidentifible. I remember seeing black rice for the first time and did not even recognize it, but I was surely fascinated by it. Recently I saw various types semiya made with millets like semiya made with Kambu, Ragi, Whole Wheat. I once saw a TV show where they did upuma with Kollu Semiya. It was very similar to how I do with Ragi Semiya. Now I have tried Ragi semiya and it was delicious. Today I tried Kambu Semiya and it was even more tastier. Cut the vegetables and you have the delicious upuma ready in no time... This will serve 3 - 4. Kambu is Bajra in Hindi, Pearl Millet in English, Sajjalu in Telugu. Try this for a healthy breakfast or evening tiffin and you will be happy you did!!
Kambu Semiya - 200 grams
Carrots - 1 cup (diced)
Potato - 1 cup (diced)
Beans - 1 cup (diced)
Onions - 2 cups (can reduce to 1 cup as per preference)
Green Chili - 2
Ginger - 1 table spoon (grated)
Salt - 1 1/2 tea spoons + a pinch
Green Peas - 1 cup
Red Chili - 2
Curry Leaves - 10
Oil - 2 table spoons (I prefer coconut oil for this)
Peanuts - 1/2 cup
Kadalai Parupu / Channa Dal - 1/4 cup
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tea spoon
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tea spoon
Asafetida - 1/4 tea spoon
Lemon Juice - 1 tea spoon
Cook the vegetables in very less until done with a pinch of salt. I did this in the microwave.
Immerse the semiya in water for 3 minutes
Drain excess water by using a strainer
Heat the idli pan or idli cooker and place the strained semiya and steam cook for 5 minutes
After 5 minutes, remove from heat and spread it on a plate and fluff it with a fork
Heat a pan and add oil, once hot, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and peanuts
Add the dal and red chili and sauté until the peanuts and dal become golden
Add green chili, ginger and curry leaves
Add onions and salt
Once the onions are clear, add the asafetida and the cooked vegetables
Mix well
Add the fluffed semiya and mix it well. You can add lemon zest at this stage if desired.
Remove from heat and add the lemon juice.
Serve hot!!!

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  1. wow! very healthy, never heard about kambu semiya..

  2. Are these seviya available at special stores. .never heard of the. The dish is pa ked with healthy options. Real good.

    1. yes these types of semiya are readily available...

  3. Chennai has so many varieties if Semiya these days..

  4. That is a very healthy version of semiya. The addition of vegetables makes it so colorful. Great snack.

  5. Fantastic breakfast, love to finish this beautiful healthy upma.

  6. I have seen raagi semiya. Kambu semiya is great.Does all supermarkets carry this? Would love to try

  7. This is one such healthy and balanced meal with all those veggies...

  8. Wonderful recipe with whole grains! We have to wait to make it here in US until we get the semiya in stores.

  9. Colourful, healthy and a nice little crunch from peanuts - perfect for a wonderful day start...Great work Sowmya!!

  10. That is one colorful and delicious looking dish.

  11. How I wish Kambu semiya were available for us here! Love this!!

  12. This is such a great dish to have..very nicely done Sowmya..


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