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Ragi sevai recipe


Ragi sevai recipe

After I posted the recipe for Instant Lemon sevai, I got many requests to share few more breakfast recipes that can be put together in a jiffy making it apt for busy mornings. As a reply to all those requests, i share today one of the easiest, healthy and hearty filling dish ” Ragi shavige / Ragi Semiya Upma ” made from instant ragi Sevai .I assure, even a beginner can make this dish within 20 mins.

We all are aware that ragi (fingermillet ) is a powerhouse of nutrients.Its oneof the most recommended grain for a healthy living. Its also a buddy for diabetic patients and weight watchers.I incorporate ragi in my dishes in number of ways and happy that everyone likes it in my home including the kids (though the dishes made from ragi are not visually appealing ).

I have already shared the recipe for Ragi Rotti and Ragi Dosa .Β Stay tuned for some more…

Few Points to note while making Ragi Sevai :Β 

  1. To cook ragi semiya, follow the instruction as per packet properly.Else it will get mushy.
  2. The brands of instant ragi vermicelli that im aware of are anil,concorde,manna.. I usually use Anil brand. N im happy with the result.

Ragi semiya can be made in a number of ways. Today I’ll share the simplest savoury ones, made from very few ingredients, apt for perfect breakfast or light dinner.One can make it plain with just onion or add lots of veggies to make it more colorful , healthy and tasty . I’m sure after seeing this recipe, you’l rush to the nearest grocery shop to get hold of these instant Ragi vermicelli..

Ragi sevai recipe


Smitha Kalluraya
make ragi upma using instant Ragi vermicelli
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine south indian
Servings 4 serving


  • 200 gms Ragi semiya /Ragi vermicelli,
  • 1 big onion, ; finely chopped
  • 3 - 4 nos Green Chillies, - finely chopped
  • 2 tbsps grated coconut
  • 1 tsp Mustard
  • 1 tsp Slit Urad dal /black gram
  • 1/2 tsp Chana Dal /Bengal Gram
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds/ Jeera
  • Handful Peanut
  • few Curry Leaves
  • a few spring Coriander leaves,
  • 1 - 2 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1 - 2 tbsp Oil
  • Salt, as per taste


  • Soak ragi semiya in enough water for 2 mins.Drain water properly.
  • Steam cook ragi semiya in a steamer / idli stand for about 3-5 mins as per package instructions.
  • Spread and keep it aside to cool.
  • Heat oil in a pan ,season with mustard seeds,urad dal,chana dal,jeera and peanuts.
  • When it splutters add curry leaves,onion,green chilli. Saute till translucent .
  • Later add partially cooked choice of veggie like beans , carrot , peas , corn capsicum etc . Little salt and turmeric . Saute for 2-3 mins .
  • Finally add cooked ragi semiya and salt, Mix well . Sprinkle little water , cover it and cook for 2-3 mins . Let the vermicelli take in flavor .
  • Garnish with grated coconut and coriander leaves.Add lemon juice .Mix gently. Switch off.
  • Thats it Ragi semiya upma is ready .Serve hot as such or with coconut chutney .
    Ragi sevai recipe
Keyword instant ragi vermicelli, ragi semiya recipe, ragi sevai recipe

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  • Reply
    Radha Natarajan
    March 7, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Ragi looks gorgeous in your recipe, normally ragi is avoided by many on account of the colour, but in your recipe it looks so tempting…well done.

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    Beulah Arun
    March 7, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Fantastic recipe!

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    Sony P
    March 7, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Amazing and tasty……..will try this !!

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    Vibha Sp
    March 7, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    never tasted dear , have to try n taste it any way am fan of raagi πŸ™‚ , luks delicious dr

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    Manjula Bharath
    March 7, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    wow I love anil semiya a lot , sevai looks very delicious and such an healthy dish for breakfast πŸ™‚ tempting me dear !!

  • Reply
    Ramya Venkateswaran
    March 7, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Yummy and healthy too Smitha.these are my favorite one and happy to follow you dear

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    chikkus Kitchen
    March 7, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Healthy breakfast …looks yummy too πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    March 7, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I too use Anil Ragi Semiya πŸ™‚ you have cooked it perfectly, simple yet healthy and comfort meal…nice πŸ™‚

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    Bhawna Bagri
    March 7, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    this really healthy way of eating ragi..your looks so yummy..

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    Mitha Hegde
    March 7, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    This looks so yummy.. I love ragi semiya too…. πŸ™‚

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    nandoos Kitchen
    March 8, 2014 at 2:45 am

    easy to make and healthy sevai..

  • Reply
    Subha Bose
    March 8, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I usually have this with sugar will try your version soon.

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    Nalini Somayaji
    March 8, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Yemmy Ragi Shavige…

  • Reply
    March 8, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    healthy samiya here Smitha,,, after a lot of struggle now following u πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    March 9, 2014 at 2:55 am

    Hi Smitha You have got very nice blog with lots of traditional fare to try…..

  • Reply
    March 9, 2014 at 2:57 am

    Hi Smitha Your blog has wonderful lots of traditional fares … Need to try them one by one

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    Rafeeda AR
    March 9, 2014 at 6:47 am

    love ur instant breakfast ideas that can save so much headache!!! this is really so healthy…

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    Magees kitchen
    March 9, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Healthy and delicious…

  • Reply
    March 9, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    very healthy & yummy breakfast option ..looks too good

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    Meena Kumar
    March 10, 2014 at 4:14 am

    Love all the sevai featured here so healthy and delicious I should find out if my grocery has this one.

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    Resna Nishad
    March 10, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    It so healthy and delicious…never heard about ragi vermicelli…next I will check in supermarket..its a great idea

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    Shweet Spicess
    November 10, 2014 at 12:25 am

    This reminds me my mom has brought some ragi vermicelli and im yet to try it!! wonderful recipe πŸ™‚

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    Satya P Rao
    September 17, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    hello smitha
    your receipe is traditional and wellrecived by all but children so and my 5year old granddaughter decided to make child friendly for we liked healthy ragii noodles and the fact it was steamed was better ieliminated the frying part and in my grandaughter favorite vegetables like edmame and for dinneras side dish

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    April 28, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you, made this for the first time, turned out delicious. Added peas as thats all I had, I think some dill will work well! This will be a staple point- used Manna’s and as instructed, soaked for 2 min and steamed in cooker without weight for 5. When I took it out, it looked overcooked & lumpy BUT as it cooled it was fine and on putting into the onion etc, perfect consistency!

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