Ragi or Finger Millet is a super healthy grain and you must include this super food in your family’s diet on a daily basis. Here is a list of 8 Best Ragi Recipes You Can Incorporate Into Your Diet Today!
When it comes to the use of grains, millets and pulses, we are only ever comfortable cooking and eating the ones we grew up with. From the omnipresent white rice to wheat in the North and Jowar and Bajra in the West, it is nearly impossible for us to imagine eating, and even cooking, something so out of our comfort zones as ragi or nachni.
It is also a fact that unlike wheat and rice, while are essentially neutral in taste and adapt well to curries and dal, ragi has a very distinct texture to it that some people may find hard to relish.
However, with close to 8% protein, 3.5% fibre and 350mg of Calcium, ragi is both easy to digest and extremely nutritious. If you’re trying to think up creative ways of using ragi flour and actually relishing it, don’t worry! I have already done the work for you. Here are 8 ragi flour recipes that will surely get you hooked to this millet.
Best Ragi Recipes You Can Incorporate Into Your Diet Today
1. Ragi Malt: With summer coming closer, buttermilk based drinks are sure to be a huge hit with the young and old alike. Adding ragi flour to this recipe provides adequate nutrition, especially when we feel averse to eating spicy foods and heavy meals. The only time-taking bit in this recipe is the heating and cooling of water, so you can make a batch of it and drink it all day.
2. Sweet Ragi Kanji: Kanji is basically a decoction of ingredients, and this sweet kanji is sure to win hearts at a summer party. Why only serve coolers and mojitos when you can serve up something tasty and healthy as well? The best bit about this drink- the sweetener used is jaggery, and you won’t be able to tell there’s no sugar in there.
3. Salted Ragi Kanji: When we’re talking about the sweet, how can the salted be far behind? The salted ragi kanji is a nice alternative for people who don’t relish sweet drinks much. Instead of the cardamom and jaggery in the sweet variant, this one is flavoured with a heavy tempering.
4. Ragi Paniyaram: If you’re a fan of Kuzhi paniyaram and cannot stop dunking them in chutney, this recipe will surely bowl you over. Even better, it is an instant recipe, meaning no grinding, fermenting and planning ahead. If you have some instant dosa batter ready, this recipe comes together in minutes on a busy day.
5. Ragi Mudde: It is believed that the reason farmers and workers carried this mudde to the fields is because it provides sustained energy over a period of time. Ragi mudde is quintessentially south Indian, and goes very well in place of rice whether you choose to eat it with curry, sambar or just a bit of pachadi.
6. Ragi Vermicelli – Vermicelli being my kiddo’s favorite breakfast is made twice or thrice a month by me and ain’t it great to turn it a tad healthy? Ragi Vermicelli is a welcomed surprise that combines the goodness of ragi and soul soothing flavours all in just one bite! In order to make this delicacy more nourishing you could even use peas, carrots and beans without a doubt.
7. Ragi Banana Pancakes – Ragi Banana Pancakes is the best combination of cereals, fruits and some of the most enriching ingredients that make you feel super wholesome and vitalized! It was only after making these delicious pancakes that I realized that my kiddo relished it without any complaints at all – kind of provided me an inspiration to make it again and again.
8. Ragi Idli – Ragi Idli in essence, brings out the wonderful combination of ragi flour, urad dal, and idli rawa in one single dish. Serve it for breakfast to your family and you would see them smiling for sure. It also brings a nice change on the usual menu and everyone feels glad to savour something new and filling.
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