With the festive season in one of the biggest fears of eating is… Binge eating. All the yummy sugar dipped sweets and deep fried savories load up unseen calories… And before you know… You are up by a few kilos.
Thankfully in between the festivals are a few days.. I rely on millets for these days. Its really filling to eat the millet based recipes. Somehow I do feel it keeps hunger away better than regular rice.
I have a fresh stock of Varagu( kodomillet) at home. Preparing the simplest form of varagu for a meal today -“Varagu thair saadam.”
Now thair Saadam or savory yogurt rice is a staple in the South Indian homes. Most South Indian reaction will be that a meal is incomplete without “taachi mummumm ” (a baby language version of thair Saadam)
Varagu or kodomillet is called Kodra, Arikelu or Koovaragu is is high in fibre. It is considered great for diabetics. One of the most useful posts I refer to when using millets is the one from Indian Khana, I am leaving the link for the same for your reference too.
Now to a little musing
One of my very good childhood friend always had a box of curd rice for lunch with a piece of “naarthangai ” (pickled and dried citron). Since yogurt and me were miles away (we are working on mutual understanding and nutrition bonds currently) I never fancied a dig in her bowl. But I remember the smell of the curd rice… Just perfect to my nose. So now that’s my yardstick for a good thair saadam. Somehow it comes perfect with millets… And so its more often millets on the thaair Saadam recipe than rice.
This recipe can provide energy nutrients and probiotics. It’s perfect for a super blazing day. Serve it up with side of warm salad, charred chilies and some roasted appalam (crispy papad).
Happy non festival day..
The recipe goes best with a few of these:
and browse around for more
Leaving a couple of more links on the millet recipes for you to browse through….
While I work on putting up more in this series.