Ragi Shavige Uppitu/Ragi Vermicelli Upma

August 19, 2019mayurisjikoni
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What an interesting theme name you may be thinking. I too was completed intrigued by these two simple words. In Kannada yenu means what and thindi is snacks or tiffin. So its simply translates as What is for Snacks/Tiffin? Yeah! I now know a few more Kannada words 🙂 besides Namaskara and Thumba Dhanyanvadagalu. On a serious note, if hubby and I ever plan to stay in Bangalore for a longer period, learning Kannada would definitely be on my list. 

This interesting theme was suggested by Aruna. She wanted us to prepare any breakfast dish which is very much a part of Karnataka. As I was browsing through her blog Vasu’s Veg Kitchen, I came across a very interesting recipe Undrallu which I definitely want to try for Ganesh Chaturthi which is just round the corner. 

Interestingly, in India there is no specific word for breakfast, its usually nashta or snack in different dialects. It’s then referred to either morning or evening snack. So rightly here, as the theme suggests its a snack that one would enjoy in the morning. In Karnataka the most common ones are variations of dosa, idli, upma, pundi gatti, shavige, akki roti, chitranna, ragi roti,mangalore buns, neer dosa, phovu phaan, appe or paddu, khara bhaat to name a few.

I’d always wanted to try out the shavige,semiya or sevai dish for a long time but just kept putting it off. When I was in Bangalore last time, I’d bought a small packet of vermicelli or sevai to prepare the shavige uppitu (vermicelli upma). Never got down to it, I landed up making kheer with it. I’ve just returned back to Bangalore and had made up my mind that this time round must, must, must make vermicelli upma for this theme. A few times did deviate and thought no let me make neer dosa. However, neer dosa will have to wait as I found a  small packet or ragi vermicelli in the small grocery store in our complex. And in no time bought the other ingredients and Sunday Brunch was a delicious plate of veggie filled ragi shavige uppitu. Must warn you, some label this this as upma and some as pulao. What is ragi? its finger millet, so it makes this dish totally gluten free and vegan friendly too. What I love about the grocery stores in Bangalore is that they are offering so many ways of using healthy millets in various forms right from flours to batters. 

What I found after gorging on a huge bowl full of  this delicious snack is that it was not heavy on my stomach at all and was easy to digest. Its also a great way to include loads of veggies in a meal. Add any vegetables of your choice. Check out the recipe and let your mind go into the thinking mode as to which veggies you would like in your bowl of shavige uppitu.

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Serves 4

2 cups ragi vermicelli

2 cups water

½ cup diced carrot

½ cup peas

½ cup corn

½ cup chopped French beans

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 sprig curry leaves

1 tbsp oil

½ tsp mustard seeds

½ tsp cumin seeds

pinch of asafetida

2-3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander

1 tsp urad dal

1 tbsp roasted chana dal

1 tbsp lemon juice

¾ – 1 tsp salt

10 -12 cashew nuts

1-2 green chillis, sliced or paste

1 tsp ginger paste

1 tbsp jaggery powder (optional)

  1. Prepare the vegetables.
  2. Put a wide pan over medium flame.
  3. Roast the ragi vermicelli, stirring it constantly for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Remove the vermicelli into a plate and keep it on the side till required.
  5. Add oil to the pan. When it becomes hot add chana dal.
  6. Stir for a few seconds and then add urad dal. Stir for a few seconds.
  7. Add mustard and cumin seeds. 
  8. Add asafetida and curry leaves. Stir for a few seconds.
  9. Add chopped onion. Stir fry it till it becomes translucent.
  10. Add cashew nuts, ginger and chopped chilis. Mix well.
  11. Add the vegetables, salt and water. Add jaggery if you’re using any.
  12. Cover the pan and let the vegetables cook for 5-7 minutes.
  13. Check if the vegetables are cooked.
  14. Add the roasted vermicelli. Mix gently.
  15. Cover the pan and let the upma cook for 3-4 minutes.
  16. Take the pan off the heat. The water will have evaporated.
  17. Let the upma rest for 2-3 minutes.
  18. Add lemon juice and fresh coriander. Mix well and serve immediately.




  • Use any vermicelli (rice, wheat, millet) of your choice.
  • I’ve used the instant version of vermicelli. You can make the rice or millet vermicelli at home and use that to make this upma.
  • Add vegetables of your choice, like bell pepper, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, potato etc.
  • Ragi (little millet) vermicelli cooks really fast so don’t over cook it.



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Ragi Vermicelli upma


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lemon rice/chitranna


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  • The Girl Next Door

    August 20, 2019 at 7:23 am

    Ragi semiya is a delicious, healthy breakfast option. 🙂 It often finds pride of place on our dining table. Yours looks so good!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 23, 2019 at 2:38 pm

      Thank you so much Priya.

      1. poonampagar

        August 27, 2019 at 2:36 pm

        Ragi Vermicelli upma loaded with healthy goodness of vegetables looks so filling and nutritious ! Your pictures are making the dish all the more tempting di !

      2. mayurisjikoni

        September 5, 2019 at 12:23 pm

        Thanks Poonam.

  • sizzlingtastebuds

    August 20, 2019 at 8:35 am

    so glad to know u r eager to learn ‘Kannada , Mayuri ! this week got me completely nostalgic with all the karnataka breakfasts, actually Ragi shave is much lighter as u discovered that the regular Akki (Rice) shavige bath..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 23, 2019 at 2:37 pm

      Thanks Kalyani.

  • MJ

    August 21, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    I love this upma with vermicelli. It looks filling and perfect for breakfast or brunch. I will have to try making it soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 23, 2019 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks Mina, please do try it.

      1. Batter Up With Sujata

        August 24, 2019 at 12:52 pm

        Upma looks absolutely delicious. Never tried ragi vermicelli. I don’t know if I could get it here not. Let me try. Curry leaf on the top made the upma gorgeous. I will it soon.

      2. mayurisjikoni

        August 25, 2019 at 10:22 am

        Thanks Sujata. Try amazon if they deliver to your place.

  • Martina Roy

    August 21, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    This is very really unique helpful information. keep it up. Thank you so much!

  • FoodTrails

    August 23, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Very nutritious and filling breakfast.. I make it with Semolina vermicelli will try Ragi one too.. we love to have it for quick and light dinner also..looks tempting

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 25, 2019 at 10:26 am

      Haven’t tried the sooji one. I like the idea of serving it for dinner.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    August 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    I have heard of Ragi vermicelli but never attempted it yet. I love this delicious platter loaded with veggies. So inviting and at the same time filling. A perfect breakfast or even a sunday brunch.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 25, 2019 at 10:24 am

      Thanks Renu, I also once made the ragi idiyappam at home. As I said its so common to find ready made ragi ones in Bangalore.

  • Preethi Prasad

    August 25, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Ragi vermicelli upma is very nutritious ,healthy and filling. Veggies enhance the taste of Upma. The clicks are making it more tempting.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 26, 2019 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks Preethi.

  • Vasusvegkitchen

    August 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Thanks alot for lovely words di, good to know that you want to try Undrallu recipe. Ragi shavige uppitu looks very delicious with tempting presentation loaded with healthy veggies. A perfect recipe for breakfast and also for dinner.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 26, 2019 at 1:55 pm

      Thank you so much Aruna.


    August 27, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Wow! I love hw organised you are loved looking at the pictures of all your ingredients together very unlike me I may run to the garden for curry leaves as my oil heats up ;D
    As for ragi Shavgi this time in Bangalore i am buying this shavgi. In fact, both hubby and I will love them. SOunds just yummy and right for a filling breakfast.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 27, 2019 at 12:17 pm

      Haha, Archana thank God I have garden to run to 🙂 or I would be doing the same. As for the ragi shavige, hubby and I loved it. Find its such a healthy breakfast.

  • poonampagar

    August 27, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Ragi Vermicelli upma loaded with healthy goodness of vegetables looks so filling and nutritious ! Your pictures are making the dish all the more tempting di !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 27, 2019 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks Poonam.

  • namscorner18

    August 28, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Such a healthy and nutritious breakfast recipe. I love the way you have added so many vegetables to make to more healthy. I mostly make it plain or make puttu with ragi vermicelli.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 29, 2019 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks Narmadha, I like to make upma, normal or with other grains more healthier and filling by adding more veggies.

  • Shazia Khan

    September 9, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Ooh I love the look of this. Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, and this is such and interesting way of using vermicelli! Thank you.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 10, 2019 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks Shazia and you’re welcome.

  • shobhakeshwani

    September 10, 2019 at 3:36 am

    Healthy one .. loaded with veggies. I prefer such mini meals for brunch.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 10, 2019 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks Shobha, we love to have such meals for dinner.

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