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Upma, Kichadi & Pongal Varieties

 Published 2012-Mar-17   Updated 2023-Aug-16
(Upma Recipes, Uppuma, Uppittu, Kichadi Recipes, Khichdi, Pongal Varieties, Pongal Recipes)

India is a land of diversity and the same is exhibited in our cuisine. We use a variety of grains, lentils vegetables, spices and oils in our cooking and boast a wide range of regional and traditional cuisines.  Our grains range from rice, wheat, bajra, jowar to rawa or semolina, sago, poha or beaten rice, wheat rawa and many more. Likewise among the lentils we use moong dal or yellow gram, urad dal or black gram and thuvar dal or red gram and pulses like chick pea, black eyed pea and many more. Many of our dishes are blend of the grains and lentils .Each of them has the perfect nutritive blend of carbohydrates, protein, fiber and other supplements to provide us with all round nourishment. We may include these dishes in our breakfast, dinner, or as one- pot brunch and sometimes even during illness.

Our upmas, pongal and khichdi are classic examples of dishes with the right quantities of carbohydrates, proteins, fiber and other supplements.

I have had tried some upmas and Pongal varieties in my household at several occasions. Each of it is very easy to prepare, extremely tasty and highly nutritive.

Upma Recipes

Upma is a popular breakfast dish which is a mix of any grain with vegetables and the choicest seasonings. We can make upma using rawa or semolina, poha or rice flakes, semiya or vermicelli, corn meal and even bread. The ingredients required are very simple and the time duration is not more than 10 minutes. Upma can be made more nutritive and colorful by adding more vegetables like carrot, capsicum, beans, peas and even sprouts.

Idli Upma Idli Upma Cornmeal Upma Cornmeal Upma Semiya Upma Semiya Upma Lapsi Upma Lapsi Upma
Rava Coconut Upma Rava Coconut Upma Aval Upma Aval Upma Aval Nanachathu Aval Nanachathu Chilli Bread Chilli Bread
Bread ka Upma Bread ka Upma Bread Poha Bread Poha Lapsi Upma Lapsi Upma Kande Pohe Kande Pohe
Dadpe Pohe Dadpe Pohe (Flattened Rice Dish) Oats Upma Oats Upma Foxtail Millet Upma Foxtail Millet Upma Quinoa Vegetable Upma Quinoa Upma
Villupuram Upma Villupuram Upma      

Kichadi Recipes

Kichadi is smooth and soggier version of the upma with the addition of some spice powders. The sago kichadi mentioned below is a vrat recipe which is eaten during fast by the people of Maharashtra. I have also tried my hand in making kichadi using oats, little millet, lapsi and quinoa as these are rich in fiber and low in GI. These grains are highly recommended for diet watchers and diabetic people.

Rava Kichadi Grits Kichadi Sabudhana Kichadi Sabudhana Kichadi Little Millet Curd Rice Little Millet Curd Rice Semiya Kichadi Semiya Kichadi (Biryani)
Cracked Wheat Biryani Cracked Wheat Biryani Quinoa Pilaf Quinoa Pilaf Lemon Sevai Lemon Sevai Lapsi Kitchdi Lapsi Kitchdi
Little Millet Rice - Samai Sadam Little Millet Rice (Samai Rice) Curd Oats - Savory Yogurt Oats Curd Oats (Savory Yogurt Oats) Vrat Sabudana Khichadi Vrat Sabudana Khichadi Rava Kichadi Rava Kichadi

Pongal Recipes

Pongal is a south Indian dish which is a mix of grains and lentils, primarily moong dal or yellow gram. During the Thai pongal festival, both ven pongal and chakkara pongal (sweet pongal) are made using the freshly cultivated rice grains. Pongal is slightly heavy on the stomach, my recommendation for the same is as one pot brunch.

Paal Pongal Paal Pongal Samba Godhumai Ven Pongal Samba Godhumai Ven Pongal Rava Pongal Rava Pongal Ven Pongal Ven Pongal
Akkaravadisal Akkaravadisal Puli Pongal Puli Pongal Sweet Pongal Sweet Pongal One Pot Khara Pongal One Pot Khara Pongal

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thanku very good recipices i have seen
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Thanks. Do try them and give ur comments.

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