Friday, 29 January 2010

Finger Millet- Wheat Flour Ukarpendi | रागीची उकडपेन्डी |

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Hi.
For this month’s JFI Ragi or Finger Millet has been chosen. Ragi is an extremely nutritional grain with high iron content. Finger millet is especially valuable as it contains the amino acid methionine, which is lacking in the diets of hundreds of millions of the poor who live on starchy staples such as cassava, plantain, polished rice, maize meal.


It is very popularly used in South India. Here, in North India people are not much aware about this. If cooked in a proper way it can be extremely tasty. Do not go by the colour of the finished product is what I will suggest….
At my place we all love ragi and do enjoy it’s health benefits. I make a variety of dishes using this wonderful grain and I am eagerly waiting for the round up to try more..
Today I am posting Ukarpendi. Ukarpendi is a Marathi term and is used for Upma’s made with flour by the process of steam cooking which we call Ukad in Marathi. This particular Ukarpendi can be made completely with ragi flour also but addition of wheat flour adds in more flavour. Ragi is a very bland grain and needs to be overly spiced to taste better, adding wheat removes the blandness and yields a better textured Ukarpendi. The Ukarpendi is filling and is an extremely good option for breakfast or a lunch box item.
Some precautions that one must take while making this dish are…roast the flours on low flame till they produce a nice aroma. This dish needs oil in a little extra quantity, else it turns out very dry and becomes very difficult to eat. The spices need to added more liberally to bring in the flavours..
So here’s the recipe of Ragi-wheat Ukarpendi…enjoy the health benefits
Ingredients
2 small katoris Finger Millet flour
1 small katori wheat flour
2 onions chopped
handful  of peas
7-8 green chilies finely chopped
3-4 large spoon curds
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp coriander pwd
1 tsp cumin pwd
1 tsp red chili pwd
a pinch of asafetida
1-1/2 inch ginger grated
few curry leaves chopped
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp of urad-chana dal
salt to taste
about 8-10 tbsp oil
boiled water for steam cooking
Method
Roast the flours and keep them aside.
Heat oil and add mustard seeds, asafetida followed by urad-chana dal and green chilies.
Add the chopped onions and peas, saute. Now add grated ginger and curry leaves and mix. ( One can add veggies of there choice )
Once the onions are done add turmeric, red chili, coriander, cumin pwds and salt to taste.
Now add the flours and roast it for a few mins in the oil. Mix in the curds and sugar. The curds adds a mild sour taste.
Now comes the tricky part. Add boiling water gradually and keep mixing. This process has to be done very fast ensuring no lumps are formed. Add water till the flour absorbs water and comes to a state of slightly loose dough.
Cover the pan and steam cook for about 5 minutes.
Serve hot with a dash of ghee on top and garnish with fresh coconut and chopped cilantro.
Sending this to JFI:Ragi Hosted by Madhuram and is the brainchild of Indira of Mahanandi.

Sending it to ‘Only’ Cooking with Grains happening this month at Shruti’s place
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45 comments:

jayasree said...

The name of the dish was completely new. Seeing the recipe, I think this is similar to the morkali recipe of Tamil. We make it without onion or any other veggies. The addition of the same surely makes it more delicious.

Asha said...

Very new to me, looks delicious, almost like Upma with ragi.

Tina said...

Its completely a new recipe to me...Looks yummy....

Nandini said...

Healthy dish! It's similar to morkali!

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Something new and deliciously healthy and mouth-watering :)

priya said...

completely new to me...looks so yummy!

Vrinda said...

Totally new one..sounds healthy...

SE said...

the name itself is very new to me, Pari !!! sure this is delicious !!

Khaugiri said...

Wow I love ukadpendi!!! Even I posted it last year. My AAji used to make excellent ukadpendi:)

Anncoo said...

Another healthy dish. I've been looking for wheat flour for my cookies..

Priya said...

Awesome nutritious dish, completely new to me..

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks very healthy and delicious.

Parita said...

This is something very new to me, lovely!

Rachana Kothari said...

This dish is new to me, but looks really tempting...

Gulmohar said...

Unique recipe..When I read the name I thought it is fried..:D , don't know why..This sounds delicious and healthy, Pari !!

Sarah Naveen said...

A real new one for me..Sounds great and looks too good

mk. said...

This was indeed tasty. Burp. :-).Thanx

Spice said...

that's a new kind of dish using ragi......i too posted ragi related food today....

Pari said...

Dear Jayasree and Nandini, would love to read Morkali recipe from either of u.
Ashaji, it's quite like an Upma.
Preeti, Aaji's surely make the best food right!!!
Dear DH MK thanks for appreciating the food I cook, that means a lot to me.
Ancoo, looking forward to ur wheat cookies.
Spice, will check out ur post, I am glad u liked it.

Thank you friends for appreciating the preparation. I am glad I could contribute something that u find new.

Deepa G Joshi said...

wow, this looks really good..looks like maharshtrain mokal bhajani..love the click.

Cham said...

New and delicious recipe with ragi !

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

The name is so nice and new... Looks very blissful... Should be very healthy and I havent tried it myself am bookmarking it!!!

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Very healthy.....

Ashwini said...

Hi Pari,
First time here. You have a very nice blog, diverse recipes, very nutritious style of cooking. I will be hopping in here more often :)

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

new to me! so healthy n interesting..

Jagruti said...

wow...something new here to try...see you more often:))

Nithu Bala said...

Healthy preparation..very new recipe..

Nostalgia said...

Very interesting and I am glad you told about adding wheat to the ragi because I have never enjoyed is as much cos I agree it has'nt got much taste on its own. I got a flour to make steam flour (puttu) which has raggi flour I am thinking of adding some wheat like you suggest. I love the way the upma looks I will try this now that you say its good...Thanks for sharing

AdukalaVishesham said...

completely new recipe for us and it looks very tasty too... thanks for sharing

sowmya.s said...

nice entry for the event..

PJ said...

Pari, kiti divasani ukerpendichi recipe pahili! It has been so many years, I even forgot its made out of ragi! This is such a unique marathi breakfast item, good that you blogged about it :)

Kanchan said...

Oh .. wow I had no idea we can prepare this with Nachna flour !! Seems interesting :)

Rujuta said...

Hi Pari,
I love ukarpendi and was eating it when i read ur recipe :))
pan amhi ukarpendi raval kanikechi karto....
I didnt know that it had ragi
Thanks for sharing the recipe and that click is lovely.....

Sayantani said...

Thanks for sharing this Pari. have brought some ragi this month. will try it surely.

jeyashrisuresh said...

very intersting and new recipe.we make a similar kind using rice/wheat flour.

Valarmathi said...

New to me, seems healthy and yummy.... bookmarked it.

Sushma Mallya said...

Completely new one, something different and sounds good too...Thanks for sharing pari

Pari said...

Hi Ashwini welcome to my blog. I am so glad that you enjoyed reading my space. Keep visiting dear.
Sayantani, great now that you have ragi, please go ahead and try this.
PJ, Rujuta, traditionally this is made with wheat flour, using nachani was my innovation to add more ragi in our diet.
Suneetha, U can take more proportion of wheat and less of Ragi if you are not so fond of it. But I will still request try my version, hopefully you will like it.
Deepa, it surely has a texture that resembles to mokali bhajani.
I am so glad that my friends have liked my recipe, your encouragement motivates me to try more.

Siddhi S said...

Hey this ukarpindi luks delicious...healthy one adding ragi flour...nice recipe

Gita said...

Very new and interesting recipe...this makes a healthy breakfast too...I am planning to try this soon...thanks dear :)

Malar Gandhi said...

We make ukarpendi with chana dal paste...this is so delicious and a wonderful variation for sure:)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks and sounds good,a healthy wholesome meal!

Padhu said...

New to me .Sounds delicious and interesting!
http://padhuskitchen.blogspot.com/

Sanjana said...

Hey there, I have an award waiting for you on my blog :)

Madhuram said...

Pari that's such a new dish to me. I'm definitely trying this recipe ASAP. How much water is required approximately?

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