Avul Varagu is a nutritious grain and a good substitute to rice or wheat. The grain is composed of 11% of protein. High in Nutrition which is good for children to grow. Avul Varagu also contain high amounts of polyphenols, an antioxidant compound. Millets are rich in B vitamins, especially niacin, B6 and folic acid. Millets contain no gluten.
Most of us would have tasted aval upma at home… But have you ever tasted varagu aval upma? Varagu is a small millet called as Kodo millet in English. Millets were an integral part of our ancestors diet, but slowly faded out with the more “rich” white rice. The nutrients available in these tiny grains are enormous. We should try and include some form of these millets in our diet and millets in the form of aval is just such an opportunity.
Boil 3 cups water. Once it is pipping hot, remove from stove and immerse 1 cup of varagu aval in it for 2 minutes. Then remove and drain.
Cut 1 green chilli, 1 onion, i inch piece of ginger and some coriander leaves for garnish.
Add 1 tsp of oil (groundnut or coconut) and temper mustard seeds, red chilli and curry leaves.
Saute the onion, ginger and green chilli in 1tsp of groundnut or coconut oil. Then add a tsp of turmeric powder and salt. Add the drained aval to this mixture. Toss and turn for a minute and remove from the flames.
Varagu aval upma tastes great with lemon pickle.
Lets give our children a chance to get to know their traditional food…