Kodo millet is known as varagarisi in tamil. From the name itself you would have got an idea that it is resembles rice in some aspect. It controls constipation and regulates a good bowel movement. It lowers cholesterol. It improves digestion. It has more antioxidants. It is really diabetic friendly millet. It has minerals like magnesium, calcium and iron. It has vitamin B too. Because of this much health benefits, many doctors recommend using it. But one thing you should note. Don’t overuse it.
Whenever I speak about this millet and have said that it resembles rice, many have asked me how to cook this millet. For them I am drafting this post. In this post, I am going to tell how to cook this millet. You have 2 choices. It can be cooked in an open pot. Or you can pressure cook it. If you are going to use this millet for making curd rice, pongal or bisibelabath, you should choose the pressure cooker method. I will explain it in future. If you are going to use this millet for making pulav, coconut rice, lemon rice, tomato rice or simply to have it with any kind of kuzhambu, you should opt for open pot cooking method. That is the best way in fact.
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How to cook Varagarisi or Cooking Kodo Millet
In this post we are going to see how to cook varagarisi. Varagu is a millet very very similar to rice in appearance. You can definitely include varagu in your diet. It is very very tasty and simple to cook.
- 1 cup Varagarisi or Kodo Millet
- 2.5 cups Water
- little Salt
Wash kodo millet once or twice. Soak it for 10 minutes.
Heat water in a heavy bottomed vessel bring it to boil. Add the soaked kodo millet. Maintain a medium flame.
Once the content in the vessel gets thicker, reduce the flame to medium and cover the vessel. Give a good mix often. Just to avoid itself getting burnt at the bottom. Continue till you get it soft.
After the varagarisi becomes soft, transfer it to a plate. Spread it well. Let it get cooled down. Once it is cooled, separate with hands and you will get the millets in same texture as rice.
I am using an unpolished one.
Wash kodo millet once or twice. Thats enough. Drain water.
Use a heavy bottomed vessel to boil water. You may add salt now.
Add washed and drained kodo millet. Let it boil. No need to cover as of now.
Once the content in the vessel starts getting thicker, mix it well and half cover it. The bubbles will throw out themselves. That is the reason for half covering.
Give a good mix often. Just to avoid itself getting burnt at the bottom. Continue till you get it soft. You can sprinkle some water, if you find water is too less.
Finally it will get cooked.
Transfer it to a plate. Spread it well. Let it get cooled down.
Once it is cooled, separate with hands and you will get the millets attain rice like structure.
Simple recipe to cook Varagarisi. Easily adaptable.