8 HEALTHY RECIPES OF RAGI GRAIN

8 HEALTHY RECIPES OF RAGI GRAIN

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Ragi or nachni is a wonder grain and a powerful house of nutrition which can provide many health benefits. Here I have shared 8 Healthy Recipes of Ragi Grain.

8 HEALTHY RECIPES OF RAGI GRAIN

Ragi Malt

Traditionally, ragi is given to infants and young children as a ragi malt because it is easier to digest, though it’s nutritional value is somewhat decreased.

Ragi Malted Flour

  • Soak ragi grains for 12 hours. Germinate by tying them in a thin/muslin cloth for 2-3 days
  • Dry the germinated grains
  • Remove the roots
  • Dry roast
  • Grind to a fine powder and sieve
1] Ragi Malt – Salty version
  • Mix 3-4 tsp of ragi malted flour with a little bit of water, enough to make a paste
  • Boil 1 cup of water
  • Add salt
  • Add the ragi paste and cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Optional: After it cools down, add buttermilk/yogurt8 HEALTHY RECIPES OF RAGI GRAIN
2] Ragi Malt – Sweet version
  • Mix 3-4 tsp of ragi malted flour with a little bit of water, enough to make a paste
  • Boil 1 cup of water
  • Add 3-4 tsp of jaggery
  • Add 1/4 tsp of cardamom powder
  • Add the ragi paste and cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Can have it either hot or cold8 HEALTHY RECIPES OF RAGI GRAIN
3] Ragi Ladoo

Ladoo can be made healthy by choosing healthy ingredients. Ragi Ladoo are a quick, delicious and protein, iron rich dessert/sweet with the add-on of nuts, seeds.

Ingredients

  • Ragi (Finger Millet) flour : 1 cup
  • Ghee : ½ cup
  • Palm Sugar : ½ cup
  • Grated Fresh Coconut : ¼ cup
  • Black Sesame : 2 tbsp
  • Groundnuts : 2 tbsp
  • Almonds : 8-10
  • Cardamom powder : ¼ tsp
  • Seeds : 2 tsp 

8 HEALTHY RECIPES OF RAGI GRAIN Method:

  • In a shallow pan and low heat, dry roast black sesame, groundnuts and grated fresh coconut separately. Keep them aside to cool.
  • Remove the skin from the groundnuts.
  • Add a tsp of ghee to the pan and toast the almonds for a minute or two and keep them aside.
  • Add the Ragi flour to the pan along with 2-3 tbsp of ghee and roast for 15-20 minutes. Add more ghee if needed.
  • Add the roasted almonds, groundnuts, coconut and black sesame. Keep stirring.
  • Add the palm sugar and cardamom powder. Stir for another 2 minutes.
  • Take off the heat and let it cool.
  • Apply ghee onto your palm; take 3-4 tbsp of the mixture and roll into a ladoo. Add more ghee if needed to make a firm, round ladoo.
4] Ragi Halwa

Ragi halwa is a very good sweet to get the benefits of ragi.  An easy, healthy and lip smacking Halwa made of Ragi needs less ghee than the Wheat Halwa and It tastes more delicious.

Ingredients

  • Ragi Flour : 1.5 cups
  • Jaggery or Coconut Sugar  : 1.5 cups
  • Coconut Oil or Ghee : 1/2 cup
  • Cashews : 1/2 cup
  • Cardamoms (powdered – seeds only) : 4
  • Water : 3 cups
  • Coconut Oil or Ghee (to saute the cashews) : 1 tbsp
  • Mix seeds : 2 tsp 

Tip: Jaggery and coconut sugar go well with coconut oil; sugar goes well with ghee.

8 HEALTHY RECIPES OF RAGI GRAIN Method

  • Saute the cashews in 1 tbsp. coconut oil or ghee. Keep aside.
  • Mix ragi flour and water into a paste.
  • Heat the mixture in a thick-bottomed vessel on medium heat, stirring constantly.
  • After 3 minutes, mix in the powdered sugar and cardamom powder.
  • Start adding the coconut oil (or ghee), 2 tablespoons at a time. Keep mixing until all the oil (or ghee) is used.
  • Lower the heat and keep stirring for another 3–4 minutes. The mixture will start coming together – from a pasty consistency to a ball. Add the sautéed cashews.
  • Cook for another 2–3 minutes, mixing constantly. As the mixture cooks, the oil will start to separate from the ragi ball. Drain the excess oil and transfer the halwa to a glass bowl. Serve warm.
5] Ragi Pakoda

This Baked Ragi Pakoda is the result of the gloomy and rainy days we were experiencing here for few days. This Ragi Pakods is crispy, perfect tea time snack.

Ingredients:

  • Ragi (finger millet) flour: 2 cups
  • Roasted gram/chickpea flour (Besan)1/2 cup
  • Cabbage (shredded) 2 cups
  • Capsicum/Bell pepper (chopped small):1/2 cup
  • Curry leaves: 1 tablespoon
  • Coriander leaves: 1/4 cup
  • Ginger: 1 inch piece
  • Cashew pieces: 1/2 cup
  • White sesame seeds : 1 tablespoon
  • Black pepper powder: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Oil spray
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Chaat masala: 1/2 teaspoon

8 HEALTHY RECIPES OF RAGI GRAIN Method

  • Peel and mince the ginger. Coarsely chop the coriander and curry leaves. Mix the veggies and herbs – cabbage, capsicum, ginger, coriander and curry leaves – in a bowl.
  • Mix the dry ingredients – ragi flour, besan, cashew pieces, sesame seeds, salt, and black pepper powder/chili powder – in a large mixing bowl.
  • Bake the microwave/oven.  Once the oven gets heated, use oil spray on the baking pan. Now add the vegetables to the dry ingredients and mix well. Add just enough water to form a dough. Make bite-sized ragi pakoda pieces and spread on the heated baking pan sheet. Bake at medium flame.
  • Sprinkle with chaat masala before serving.
6] Ragi Cookies

Ragi cookies recipe that yield one of the crunchiest cookies and cookies can be a great healthy choice, if the ingredients and preparation method are healthy. 

Ingredients

  • Ragi Flour: 2/3 cup 
  • Whole Wheat Flour: 2/3 cup 
  • Butter: ½ cup 
  • Stevia: ½ cup 
  • Yogurt: 1 tbsp. 
  • Baking Powder: ¼ tsp. 
  • Freshly Ground Cardamom: 1 – 2 tsp. 
  • Vanilla Extract: 1 tsp.

8 HEALTHY RECIPES OF RAGI GRAIN Method

  • Mix the flours and spread them in a flat baking pan.
  • Roast the flours in the pre-heated oven (180°C) shaking the baking pan every few minutes, until toasted (6-7 minutes.)
  • Meanwhile, beat the butter and sugar until soft and creamy.
  • Dissolve the baking powder in the yogurt, then add the spices.
  • Once the flour mixture is cooled, mix all the ingredients together to form a ball.
  • Divide the ball into 4 equal pieces.
  • From each piece form five balls.
  • Place each one on a greased cookie sheet (baking pan) and use a fork to flatten each ball, making crossed lines on top.
  • Bake for 12 minutes at 180°C.
  • Let the cookies cool before removing.
  • Keep in an airtight tin for one day to let the flavors develop.
7] RAGI UTTAPAM

Ragi Uttapam is a South Indian Breakfast. Ragi is a richest source of Calcium and Iron. A good source of insoluble fiber which makes a person feel full for longer and hence controls the appetite. It is also good for Diabetic as it has low Glycemic index, which helps in maintaining the blood sugar levels. One of the gluten-free recipe that can be prepared 20 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Ragi Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Rice Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Urad dal
  • 10 gm carrot, grated
  • 1 Green chill, finely chopped
  • 1/4th tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste 
  • Water for mixing

8 HEALTHY RECIPES OF RAGI GRAIN Method

  • Soak urad dal and rice separately for about 4 hours and grind together to form a batter.
  • Add the ragi flour to the batter and mix well.
  • Add salt and water to make smooth batter.
  • Keep the batter aside for 15 minutes.
  • Heat a non-stick tava, grease it with 1/4th tsp oil. Pour the batter and spread it evenly in a circular shape.
  • Add the grated carrot, chopped coriander (cilantro) leaves, chopped green chilli on the batter.
  • Cover the pan and cook on low heat until ragi uttapam is cooked at the bottom.
  • Uncover the pan & add the remaining 1/4th tsp oil on it and flip the other side to cook.
  • When both the sides are cooked, remove the ragi uttapam on a plate. Serve hot with mint-coriander chutney.

RECIPE NOTES

Serve hot with mint-coriander chutney.

8] Ragi Roti

Ragi Roti is rich in calcium and protein, which are required to support our bones and maintain the cells in our body respectively.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup ragi (nachni / red millet) flour
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped spring onions whites and greens
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot
  • 1 1/2 tbsp low-fat curds (dahi)
  • 1/2 tsp green chilli paste
  • Salt to taste
  • ragi (nachni / red millet) flour for rolling

8 HEALTHY RECIPES OF RAGI GRAIN Method 

  • Combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl and knead into soft dough, using enough water.
  • Divide the dough into 4 equal portions.
  • Roll out a portion of the dough into a circle of 100 mm. (4″) diameter using a little ragi flour for rolling.
  • Place the roti on a non-stick tava (griddle). Turnover in a few seconds.
  • Cook it on the other side for a few more seconds.
  • Lift the roti with a pair of flat tongs and roast over an open flame till brown spots appear on both the sides.
  • Repeat steps 3 to 6 to make 3 more rotis.
  • Serve immediately.

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