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Ragi - Finger Millet

Updated on June 10, 2020
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Praneel is a General Awareness, Technology, & Health related issues writer and a story teller. Praneel loves to cook nutritious food.

Ragi and Ragi flour
Ragi and Ragi flour

Ragi is also known as Finger Millet. Ragi is rich source of fiber, calcium, and helps to lower cholesterol level. To control weight and diabetes, Ragi is the best food. Ragi is easily digestible food for all age groups. Taking ragi in summer will help to cool the body. Ragi is mostly taken in the form of Ragi Java, but it can be taken in various forms in our diet. Here are some simple and delicious ragi recipes that you can try at home:


Ragi Dosa
Ragi Dosa

Ragi dosa is a very good nutritious breakfast recipe. It is simple dish and can be prepared in very less time.


Ragi Flour – 1 cup

Suji Rava – 1 cup

Rice Flour – 1/2 cup

Curd – 1/2 cup

Ginger – 1 teaspoon (finely chopped)

Green Chilli – 1 teaspoon (finely chopped)

Coriander – Few leaves (finely chopped)

Onion – 1 (finely chopped)

Cumin Seeds – 1 teaspoon

Pepper Powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt – As needed

Water – 3.5 cups

Oil – 1/2 cup

Preparation Method:

For preparing Ragi Dosa, take one bowl and add ragi flour, suji rava, rice flour, curd, ginger, green chilli, coriander, onion, cumin seeds, pepper powder and mix them well and also add salt as needed. Now add water little by little mixing it well without lumps until you get like dosa batter and rest it for 15 minutes. Now, light up the stove, keep the dosa pan and let it heat. After the pan gets heated, apply half-teaspoon oil to the pan and pour the dosa batter and spread it on the pan. Again, pour half-teaspoon oil on it and cook it on medium flame, then flip over and roast on both sides and serve it. You can enjoy this with spicy onion chutney and coconut chutney.


Ragi Laddus
Ragi Laddus

Ragi Laddu is a yummy and delicious recipe. It is a protein rich recipe especially for children and for feeding mothers.


Ragi Flour – 2 cups

Grated Jaggery – 1 cup

Cardamom Powder – 1 teaspoon

Cashews – 3 tablespoons

Pista – 10

Groundnuts – 4 tablespoons

Ghee – 5 tablespoons

Preparation Method:

For preparing ragi laddu, place a pan over the stove and light it, add four tablespoons of groundnuts into the pan, and fry groundnuts over medium flame. After roasting the groundnuts nicely take them in a separate bowl and once groundnuts gets cool, put them in the mixer jar, give a pulse, and make the coarse powder out of it and take it in a bowl. Now, place a pan over the stove again, light it and add one tablespoon of ghee to it. Once the ghee gets hot, put three tablespoons of cashew nuts, fry them till they turn light brown color and remove them into a bowl. Once the cashew nuts gets cool, take some cashew nuts and keep them aside for garnishing and make small pieces of the remaining cashew nuts. Make small slices of the pista nuts for garnishing. Again pour three tablespoons of ghee into the pan, once the ghee gets hot put two cups of ragi flour in it and fry this over medium flame by mixing it continuously until the raw smell is gone and gets crispy. After getting fried, ragi flour will change the color lightly and will smell differently. After frying ragi flour take it in a separate bowl and keep it aside.

Now prepare jaggery caramel. For this, take one deep pan, place it over the stove and light it, now put one cup of grated jaggery and pour 1/2 glass of water in it and mix it till the grated jaggery get mixed with water nicely and boil this jaggery caramel until it gets thicker and add one teaspoon cardamom powder in it. Now add chopped groundnut pieces, chopped cashew nuts, and fried ragi flour to the jaggery caramel and mix the entire mixture till the ragi flour gets mixed with the jaggery caramel nicely. Immediately switch off the stove or else due to the heat the mixture will get hard. Now, take the mixture in a separate bowl and roll the laddus when it is hot only otherwise the mixture will become cool and will split out like dry powder and will not allow us to roll laddus. So when the mixture is hot, apply ghee to palms and roll the laddus of our own choice of size by garnishing with cashew nuts and pista slices. Now, delicious and yummy ragi laddus are ready to serve.


Ragi Idli
Ragi Idli

Ragi Idli is also a rich nutritious breakfast recipe. This recipe is good for maintaining weight and for reducing weight.


Ragi Flour – 1/2 cup

Suji Rava – 1/2 cup

Curd – 1 cup

Water – 1 cup

Baking Soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 1 teaspoon

Salt – As required

Urad Dal – 1 teaspoon

Besan Dal – 2 teaspoons

Mustard Seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Ghee – 1 teaspoon

Preparation Method:

For preparing ragi idli, take one vessel and add ragi flour, suji rava, curd, and baking powder, mix them all and then add salt as needed and again mix well and let the mixture soak for sometime. Light up the stove, keep the pan, after getting the pan heated pour oil. As the oil gets heated, add urad dal, besan dal, and mustard seeds and fry them for 30 seconds. Now add this to the soaked mixture and by pouring water make it as idli batter. Now take the idli plates, apply ghee to the idli plates, fill them with batter, put them in idli cooker, and cook them like we cook idli for 15 minutes on the stove. After 15 minutes, remove them and serve. You can enjoy this with sambar and coconut chutney.


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