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August 2, 2009


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I had this vermicelli @ my mom’s place when i was pregnant …We generally prepare semiya/vermicelli made from maida/Wheat..This one is a healthy replacement..Taste wise no compromise too,, Very easy to make and weight watchers should include this in their diet..Filling one..The sweet version is for kids..I am sure they will like it..:)
  • Ragi vermicelli – 100gms (I used ANIL )
  • Sugar – 2 - 4 tsp (adjust)
  • Cardamom – 2 pods (Powdered)
  • Grated coconut – 1 tbsp
  1. Soak ragi vermicelli in plain water for 3 mins with little salt ..Don’t soak more than 3 mins because it will become gooey.
  2. Drain the water completely and steam cook the vermicelli using idly plates..
  3. Cook for 5-7 mins.Remove and let it cool.
  4. Then take the cooled vermicelli in a bowl and add the remaining ingredients…
  5. Mix it well..and serve !!
  • Ragi vermicelli – 100 gms
  • Big onion -  1 no (finely chopped)
  • Green chilly – 1-2 nos (slit cut)
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Channa dal – 1 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Lime juice – a few drops
  • Salt – as required
  • Follow the steps  1-3 given in the sweet version.
  • Heat a kadai with a tsp of oil and add the mustard seeds.Once it starts to pop,add the urad dal,channa dal,big onion ,green chilly and curry leaves.
  • Saute it well..Then add the steamed vermicelli and toss it well…Adjust the salt..
  • Remove from the flame and add the lime juice ..Mix well and serve hot !!
  • Ragi is also known as African millet or Finger millet 
  • Nutritive value of Ragi per 100 g
Protein 7.3 g
Fat 1.3 g
Carbohydrate 72 g
Minerals 2.7 g
Calcium 3.44 g
Fibre 3.6 g
Energy 328 KCal
  • It strengthens the kidneys, beneficial to stomach and spleen-pancreas, builds the in fluids, moistens dryness, alkalizing, balances over-acid conditions, sweetens breath by retarding bacteria growth in mouth, high amino acid profile and rich silicon content helps prevent miscarriage, anti-fungal.
  • Also useful for diarrhea, vomiting, indigestion, and diabetes. Soothes morning sickness.
Total preparation time: 15 minutes
I am very happy in sending this post to EC’s WYF:Breakfast event..

Kreativ Blogger award 
I received this award from my  friends HCOF,Sreevidya,
Pinky , Ashwini and EC..Thanks a lot darlings for passing me this honorable award..I am really movedSurprised..Iam really excited because this is the first award passed to me by 5 blogger friends..I am very much grateful to u all..Thanks a ton..Right Hug
The rules for this award are :
1. You must thank the person who has given you the award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who has nominated you for the award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on which of the blogs to let them know they
have been nominated.
Now coming to the seven known/unknown things about me which u may or may not find it interesting Wink
  1. I love to chat with my friends for hours over phone..Never care about the bill..(Poor hubby who is paying the bill :) )
  2. I like  to watch  megaaaa serials / movies that is fast moving (without boring (rambam podaama ))!! Good , there are some serials like this..Hope it will continue in the same manner.. Batting Eyelashes
  3. I love to cook all kinds of cuisine and i really got bored in having the same type of food everyday…
  4. Nowadays i really struggle a lot to take better pictures for my blog..Do u find any improvements/differences in my pics ?I am Stillllllllll learning about photography..At this point i should thank my Sister-in-Law who has really encouraged and still helping me a lot to take good pictures by giving suggestions.. And also i must thank Lubna for giving me some nice articles about photography…Thanks a ton lubna..They are really useful and soon i’ll implement it..Smile
  5. I am a day dreamer Day dreaming..My long time day dream is to lead a life in US at least for a year or 2 ..Whenever i see some snaps of places u all post after finishing a trip around US , I really make a heavy sighSigh…Hope my dream will come true Rolling on the floor
  6. I love to do window shopping..I like to visit to all the jewelry shops and silk sari showrooms just to enquire the rate but dont buy anythingWink..But my hubby never allowed me to do this..He enters the shop only to buy..Devil
  7. I am crazy about our Maestro Ilayaraja’s music..I will forget myself if i listen to his melodies in an ear phone..Great Musician..Evergreen songs Love Struck
I am very glad in passing these awards to only 7 of my blogger friends (As per the rule)..
  1. Lubna
  2. Raji
  3. Valarmathi
  4. Suparna
  5. Rekha shoban
  6. Mangala bhatt  and of course
  7. Viki..
Please accept ur well deserved award !!
Catch u all in my next post Rose


  1. Many a congratulations Chitra. Interesting to know 'something' about you. The breakfast recipes are lovely too.

  2. Thats a healthy dish! I have seen this raagi vermicelli,I think I have tasted this sweet version somewhere,I liked it,not feeling like eating raagi,just like our usual vermicelli :)

    And ur pictures are really stunning,bright and vibrant:)

    Enjoyed reading ur Meme :) Thanks for the love link:) Its my pleasure to help you if I can :)

  3. I love raagi vermicelli. I came across it for the first time when I came to Chennai. It's both healthy and delicious.
    It was nice to know more about you.
    Thanks for the award.

  4. Never knew about ragi vermicelli. Sounds wonderful!

  5. Hey Chitra, It was good to read about you & your btn ragi vermicelli has come out good..I dont know if i get it here in the US...will have to check..You know the biggest advantage to live in India is that you afford a house servant who can take care of we cant even think to afford one..0o0o0ffff.."Glorious unpaid servants of the house"..does anyone agree ???

  6. Congrats...healthy breakfast.U r doing a great job on snaps...keep going.Lubna's snaps r good.Nice person to suggest you.

  7. You are welcome Chitra!
    You deserve it.
    Nice to know more abt you.
    I am also a hardcore Raja fan. He is the God of music. As for as living in US is concerned, it will def happen in the near future. Good luck dear. One thing i liked is you said 1 or 2 yrs and not settle here. Even I wish to come back to my fav India/ Chennai after sometime. You def miss a lot of things here but still as you said living here for sometime is a gr8 exp. Managing everything by urself is nice. But the house maid thing is true like anonymous said :D

  8. Thats a healthy vermicelli indeed...looks so tempting

    Congrats on your award..keep rocking..happy to know more about you.

  9. thatz very yummy .. & healthy too

  10. vermicelli recipes looks delicious. Congratulations on well deserved award. Love to read abt u

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  11. That is a wonderful dish! Healthy n nutritious too! Congrats on your award! It was an interesting read :)

  12. These look really amazing I would love to dig in now.

  13. wow! very innovative .!!!healthy treat! Hey pics r awesome !

  14. I tasted it in India..Pictures are awesome..Interesting to know about you..

  15. Congrats. The ragi vermilcelli look yummy. I love ragi will now keep a look out for these in the stores.

  16. Never knew that ragi vermicell does exists...u r giving me a big list of groceries which I need to shop from bengalooru..adyar sambar powder and now ragi vermicelli..
    both the dishes look gr8..
    Congrats on the award,

  17. Thanks a lot for ur sweet,encouraging comments:)

  18. congrats on your award, hope your dreams come true oh love window shopping

  19. Congrats on your award and thanks for passing me the award.

    Ragi vermicelli looks wonderful and delicious.

  20. Congratulations on the award! i never knew we get ragi to me

  21. Congrats on your award. Nice dish. Interesting read.

  22. ragi vermicelli is too tempting.. congrats !!!

  23. Hi Chitra, First time here. You have a nice blog. Will be visiting frequently.

  24. congrats!! It was so nice reading about u! nice recipe too

  25. first congrats on your award, second lovely pictures, third never heard of raagi vermicilli, fourth nice to hear lovely things about you, about the hubby i like it!, i am like that too..., me too even i want to visit US & singapore once heard from hubby that it is very beautiful, about Raks yes such a lovely person she is, and as ananymous said it is so true here love India for those help!

  26. I have not tried ragi vermicli yet. From now surely i will try. Enjoyed reading your MeMe. Lovley pictures, I have to improve in taking photos

  27. Congrats on your award,Ragi vermicelli looks yummy and healthy.My mom used to make spicy one, Sweet one looks awesome and different.

  28. Oh wow....very nice clicks yaar.....i think u r following the links.....hope u do better and they are helpful to you....congrats on the award...nice to read more about u.....thank you for passing it down...

  29. Ragi idiyappam with sugar makes me drooling. Like that kaaram too. Congrats on ur award dear . U deserve more. Enjoyed reading about you. Thanks for sharing the award with me .

  30. congraz for the award chitra...was nice reading abt u as well...and liked the spicy version than the sweet one...

  31. Congrats on the award and loved to read and learn more about you, I love Illayaraja's music too, who doesn't? definitely a great composer....I did not even know we get ragi vermicelli these days definitely need to check it out, and your sweet version with it looks fantastic !

  32. ragi vermicelli never saw this in our grocery store but surely more healthier one..congrats on your award too

  33. Congrats on your award.. and yes your pic is awesome.. Nice list of meme.. Thanks for visiting my blog

  34. Congrts and Thanks for sharing with Me ..Soo sweet of u dear!

  35. Chitra, I have an award for u in my blog. Please grab it.

  36. Raji told me abt ur pic changes :) so I came to have a look and I must they it looks so gud...wonderful clicks and like reading meme..this is nice idea to use raagi semiya

  37. Wat a variety dish!Tnx a lot for this healthy recipe!
    Congrats on ur award dear!

  38. please accept the awards from my blog dearie :)

  39. I make the sweet version more..! Liked by all! Yummy clicks!

  40. wow thats so healthy.Ive never seen raagi vermicelli before.

  41. Yet another healthy breakfast idea from u...Thanks for the entry

  42. Ragi vermicelli is a healthy version and also a tasty one for those who do not like the usual one made from powder.

    Other than Anil, Manna brand is also available in Singapore.


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