Ragi or Naachni or Finger Millet is a wonder grain that we are blessed to have growing locally in India. With 10 times more calcium than Wheat or Rice or Pulses, this is indeed a wonder grain!
Additionally, it is gluten free, has a ton of other minerals (especially iron!), vitamins and antioxidants too. If you already have introduced ragi to your kids and are wondering how else to add ragi in your kids’ everyday meals… find below 6 different recipes, both savory and sweet, using Ragi as the main ingredient.
6 Nutritious Ragi Recipes for Kids
1. Instant Ragi Butter Milk – Under 5 minutes Recipe for the Summer Heat
This could be the best substitute for those packed juices filled with artificial sugars! Adding ragi to butter milk not only cools and hydrates the body but also adds iron and minerals which makes it the ideal evening alternative with your kids evening snack.
Find the recipe below
- Instant Ragi Flour (Make sure it is pre-roasted and ready to eat)
- Butter Milk
- Salt to taste
- For tempering: Oil, Mustard seeds, Urad Dal, Curry Leaves
- Add salt and 2 tsps of Instant Ragi flour to a glass of freshly prepared buttermilk. Mix well to remove all lumps. Keep aside.
- Heat a small pan, add oil, mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves and season it will till they begin to sputter.
- Add this delicious seasoning to the ragi butter milk and serve chilled!
2. Steamed Ragi/ Millet Idlis – No Rice Recipe
Nothing makes breakfast more nutritious than a couple of idlis with sambar. But it gets better when the idlis are made with ragi and loaded with iron and calcium.
- Whole Ragi Grains – 1 Cup
- Kodo Millet – 1 Cup
- Rice – 1/2 Cup
- Urad Dal – 3/4th to 1 Cup
- Rice Flakes/Poha – 3 Tsp
- Wash and soak all the grains for 4-5 hours. Grind them together to make a smooth batter. Cover the batter with a lid and leave it to ferment for 8 hours or more.
- Grease the idli pan with oil. Pour batter and steam for 10 minutes.
- Alternatively, you could add ragi powder to your regular idli batter to make these ragi idlis when you’re running late!
Serve with spicy tomato chutney and sambar.
3. Ragi Chocolate and Coconut Blocks
Who does not like chocolate? And by using raw cacao powder (which is actually quite healthy!) in this recipe, you can get rid of all the bad stuff that commercial chocolate has – vegetable oil, sugar, milk powder etc.
So, here is a super healthy dessert recipe for your kids, along with a good dose of calcium!
- Instant Ragi/Nachni flour – 1 cup
- Grated Fresh Coconut – 1 cup
- Cacao powder – 2 Tsp
- Jaggery – ½ cup
- Dry Dates Dates powder ½ cups
- Melted Ghee/Coconut Oil – ½ cups
- Take a heavy bottom pan, add 1 cup water and bring to boil.
- Add the jaggery and allow to melt and bring to boil. Add in 2-3 Tsp of ghee/oil. Keep flame medium.
- Add grated coconut, Instant Ragi flour, Cacao and dry dates powder to the melted jaggery and mix well.
- Stir continuously and keep adding ghee/oil little by little for the mixture to get together.
- Cook until the mixture starts to leave the side of the wok. Switch off the heat and pour the mixture into a greased tray.
- Using a knife, cut it into square blocks and leave it to cool.
Alternatively, buy Early Foods delicious Ragi Choco cookies with Jaggery for kids!
4. Sprouted Ragi Porridge Mix for Babies
Converting regular ragi into sprouted ragi increases the iron content significantly and helps with the absorption of calcium. Once sprouted, the millet becomes easier to digest and is great for babies just starting on solids.
Find the recipe below.
Sprouted Ragi Powder Recipe:
- Soak 500gms of Ragi in water for 3-4 hours.
- Drain water and cover it in a muslin cloth overnight.
- Next day, sun dry until It is completely dry.
- Grind the sprouted ragi to make a fine powder.
- Sieve the sprouted ragi powder to remove the coarser husk
- Store powder in an airtight container for future use.
Sprouted Ragi Porridge Recipe:
- Take 2-3 teaspoons of Ragi powder.
- Mix with cold water or milk (30-50 ml) to remove the lumps.
- Smooth to a paste and keep it on the stove on medium flame. Stir continuously for 5 minutes till the porridge boils. Add more water and heat if it is too thick.
- As an option to sugar, you can add jaggery or dry dates powder to sweeten the porridge.
For the easy way out, buy Early Foods’ Ragi Porridge Powder!
5. Ragi Seviyyan – Calcium Rich Noodles!
Ragi Seviyyan is a great school lunch recipe. Ragi seviyyan is usually available in most supermarkets or can be purchased online. It makes for an excellent and very Healthy Breakfast Recipe for Kids too! Find the recipe below
- Ragi Seviyyan – 1 Cup
- Fresh Grated Coconut – 2 Teaspoon
- Channa Dal – 1 Teaspoon
- Green Chilli – 1 diced in half
- Turmeric – 1 pinch
- Mustard Seeds, Curry Leaves, cold pressed oil of your choice for seasoning
- Salt for Taste
- Soak Ragi Seviyyan in warm water for 2 mins. Drain water and keep aside.
- For seasoning, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, chillies in a pan.
- Add the channa dal and roast in oil till it turns slightly brown.
- Add a pinch of turmeric, soaked ragi seviyaan, salt and stir well.
This recipe would usually take about 2-3 minutes to cook! You can garnish with freshly grated coconut and serve either plain or with chutney.
6. Ragi Ladoos
These ladoos can literally be made with just 3 primary ingredients- Ragi, Ghee and fresh dates! They are great for on the go snacks and stay fresh for close to a week when kept in air tight containers.
Kids will enjoy having these sweet snacks. The benefit of using dates is the extra protein and iron they bring along!
Find the ingredients and recipe below.
- Instant Ragi powder – 1 cup/100g
- Fresh dates – 5-6 (You can substitute it with jaggery)
- Almonds, Better if they are roasted – 10 pieces
- Ghee/Coconut Oil – 3 Tsp
- Elachi or Cardamom powder – 2 pods
- Put all the ingredients in a blender and churn till everything is mixed well.
- You can add an extra 1-2 spoons of oil if you need them to bind/blend well.
- Take it out in a bowl and make them into small balls using your palm.
- Store them in room temperature. Consume before 4-5 days.
Note: Make sure the ragi is roasted well for about 15-20 minutes till it crackles when you bite them. Set them aside for cooling and grind them to a fine powder. Sieve & Store them in air tight containers for all your future recipes!
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