6 Quick and Healthy Recipe for Ragi Flour

Ragi, often known as finger millet, is a popular millet in India. It has several health advantages and is a Super Food for newborns to acquire weight.  Babies have an immature immune system and require all nutrients to grow. Ragi delivers a variety of important nutrients to newborns and is abundant in protein, iron, and calcium. This whole grain is enriched in amino acids such as phenylalanine, methionine, isoleucine, and leucine. Ragi in a tasty format becomes the perfect option for both parents and kids! Every mom wants to offer her kids something nutritious, and kids want something yummy when it comes to meals, therefore ragi in a tasty form becomes the ideal choice for kids! This article will enlightens you on the advantages of ragi and provide you with a healthy and delicious recipe for ragi flour. (8 yummy paratha recipes for kids lunch-box menu)

Nutritional information of Ragi flour

Nutritional Information of Ragi flour
Nutritional Information of Ragi flour

When can babies eat ragi?

Because of the benefits of ragi for health, it is the best weaning food for babies after the age of six months. To be clear, it should not be your baby’s first food. Steamed and mashed veggies such as potatoes, apples, etc. should be the first thing on your menu to get started. You can make Ragi malt at home and other recipe for ragi flour that is ideal for your child. (Baby’s first foods: How to introduce solids?)

HEALTH BENEFITS OF RAGI:

Here are 6 reasons why ragi needs to be the next go-to snack for children.

1. GREAT SOURCE OF PROTEIN AND FIBER: 

100 grams of Whole Ragi Flour gives 7.29 grams of protein and 16.56 grams of fibre. Ragi helps in the easy movement of foods in the stomach and adds water into the stool, hence aiding easy digestion and relieving constipation. (6 Best foods for digestion and constipation in kids)

2. CALCIUM RICH – PROMOTES HEALTHY BONES AND TEETH:

When compared to other grains, ragi flour is one of the greatest non-dairy calcium sources. Calcium is essential for building strong bones and teeth, as well as for the prevention of a bone-weakening condition called osteoporosis. The sprouting process can increase the calcium content in Ragi by 20 percent. (Benefits of calcium in kids)

3. IMPROVES RED BLOOD CELLS PRODUCTION – PREVENTS ANEMIA:

Naturally rich in iron, ragi benefits those with low hemoglobin levels. Also, vitamin B1 helps in the synthesis of red blood cells and generates ATP, which is used by our bodies for energy.  (Foods rich in iron)

4. GLUTEN-FREE:

Ragi is a must-have for anyone on a gluten-free diet or suffering from celiac disease. For chapatis, dosas and some sweets, ragi can readily replace wheat because it is gluten-free. (A guide to a Gluten free diet for kids)

5. RICH IN ANTIOXIDANTS:

Other health benefits of ragi include its antioxidant property. Ragi is rich in antioxidants which prevents oxidation and fight against infections. Also, being a  rich source of amino acids, it aids the body’s natural ability to relax. You can efficiently combat depression, headaches and insomnia, as well as anxiety and stress, by consuming ragi. (Why do we need antioxidants)

6. GREAT PICK FOR THE LITTLE ONES AND NEW MOMS:

The health benefits of ragi make it a great choice for infants and new moms. As well as aiding with their digestion, it also strengthens their bones and promotes their overall growth. Ragi is great for stimulating milk production and balancing hormonal processes in pregnant women and young moms due to its high iron and calcium content.

6 HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS RECIPE for Ragi flour

Here are 6 amazing recipe for ragi flour for your child. These ragi recipes are simple and take minimal preparation time. And you can make sure that your child will love their mealtime.

1. Ragi banana pancake
Ragi banana pancake
Ragi pancake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Ragi Flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour or oat flour
  • 2 ripen mashed bananas
  • 1.5 tbsp yogurt or 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg or flax-egg (1 tbsp flax seeds mixed with 6 tbsp warm water, leave for 5 min)
  • 2 tbsp Iyurved’s Daily nutrition Savoury spread (order here)
  • 1 tbsp Ghee (clarified butter)
  • Salt to taste

Procedure

  • Mix ragi flour, whole wheat flour, ripen bananas, baking powder, Iyurved’s Daily nutrition Savoury spread (order here), salt and egg. The batter should not be watery.
  • Heat a skillet. Grease with oil or ghee.
  • Once heated, pour a ladle of batter on to the skillet. 
  • Allow the pancake to cook on medium heat.
  • Flip to the other side and allow it to cook properly for 30 seconds.
  • Serve hot!!

You may add Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread to the batter or spread 1 tbsp over the pancake while serving.

1 Ragi pancake – 230 calories
Additional nutrition benefits 
( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s Daily nutrition Savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein)

2. Ragi litti/savoury balls
recipe for ragi flour- Ragi litti/Savoury balls
Ragi litti/ savoury balls

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Ragi flour (Finger Millet Flour)
  • ½ cup Sattu (Roasted black gram flour)
  • 1 tsp Chopped ginger and garlic
  • 1 tbsp mustard oil
  • 1/2 tsp black cumin
  • 2 tsp lemon juice          
  • Handful of coriander leaves
  • 3 tbsp Iyurved’s Daily nutrition Savoury spread (order here)
  • Salt to taste

Procedure

  • Take sattu and add chopped ginger, garlic, mustard oil, kalonji (black cumin), lemon juice, coriander leaves in it.
  • Add 2 tbsp of Iyurved’s Daily nutrition Savoury spread (order here) and mix well to make filling.
  • Take ragi flour, add 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s Daily nutrition Savoury spread (order here), add water and knead a soft dough.
  • Divide the dough, flatten to desired size and place a spoonful of filling. Close the dough by the edges and roll it into ball.
  • Preheat the oven at 180 degrees and bake till balls are cooked properly.
  • Serve hot!!

1 Ragi litti/savoury ball – 130 calories
Additional nutrition benefits 
( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein)

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3. Ragi CHEELA
Ragi cheela
Ragi cheela

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups Ragi flour
  • 2 Medium size Onion
  • 1 Small size Tomato
  • 1/2 Capsicum
  • 1 tsp Grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp Iyurved’s Daily nutrition Savoury spread (order here)
  • Green chilies (optional)
  • 3 tbsp Oil/ Ghee
  • Water as required
  • Salt to taste

Procedure

  • Take ragi flour in a bowl. Add chopped onion, tomato , capsicum and grated ginger, Iyurved’s Daily nutrition Savoury spread (order here) and salt, mix well.
  • Add water slowly and mix to make a thick spreadable paste.
  • Heat a skillet. Grease with oil or ghee. Now pour the batter on medium heated skillet.
  • Allow the cheela to cook on medium heat.
  • Flip to the other side and allow it to cook properly for 30 seconds.
  • Ragi cheela is ready to serve with coriander or coconut chutney.

You may add Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread to the batter or spread 1 tbsp over the cheela while serving.

1 Ragi cheela – 120 calories
Additional nutrition benefits 
( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein)

4. Ragi Millet and VEGGIES APPAM
Recipe for ragi flour- Ragi millet and veggies appam
Ragi millet and veggies appam

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Ragi / Finger millet
  • 1 Chopped Medium size beetroot
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Carrot, Broccoli
  • 2 tbsp Iyurved’s Daily Nutrition Savoury spread (order here)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • Water as required

Preparation

  • Finely chop the beetroot, carrot and broccoli.
  • Grind them in a coarsely in a mixer.
  • Mix the coarse mixture of veggies and Iyurved’s Daily Nutrition Savoury spread (order here) with finger millet.
  • Make a batter with pouring consistency by adding little water in it.
  • Grease the appam pan with oil.
  • Once heated pour spoonful of batter in each mold. Cover and cook on medium flame. After 3 minutes flip over each appam and cook from other side for 2 minutes.
  • Take out on a plate and serve with coriander chutney or green chili sauce.

1 appam –  35 calories
Additional nutrition benefits 
( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein).

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5. Ragi vermicelli
Recipe for ragi flour- Ragi vermicelli
Ragi vermicelli

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Ragi vermicelli
  • 2 tsp freshly grated coconut chunks (optional)
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 5-6 Curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp oil or ghee
  • Green chillies (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Iyurved’s Daily Nutrition Savoury spread (order here)
  • Handful of coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as required

Preparation

  • Soak the vermicelli for about 3-5 minutes in lukewarm water. Drain the water and set the vermicelli aside.
  • In a pan, add oil, mustard seeds, chana dal, curry leaves, and onion, saute until they turn pinkish brown.
  • Then add Iyurved’s Daily Nutrition Savoury spread (order here), ragi vermicelli, salt and cook on a medium flame.
  • Stir well for 2-3 minutes and garnish with grated coconut and coriander leaves.
  • Serve!!

1 cup –  356 calories
Additional nutrition benefits 
( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein).

6. Ragi IDLI
Ragi Idli
Ragi Idli

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Roasted Ragi flour
  • 1/2 cup Roasted Sooji/ Rava
  • 1 small grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup curd/Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp oil or ghee
  • 2 tbsp Iyurved’s Daily Nutrition Savoury spread (order here)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as required

Preparation

  • Take roasted ragi flour and roasted rava in a bowl.
  • To this, add grated carrot, curd/yoghurt, Iyurved’s Daily Nutrition Savoury spread (order here), salt and mix well.
  • Add water and adjust the idli batter consistency.
  • Add baking soda, mix it well and pour the batter into greased molds.
  • Place the idli maker into steamer, cover it and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  • Turn off the flame, let it cool and serve with coconut or tomato chutney!!

1 Ragi idli –  42 calories
Additional nutrition benefits 
( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein).

These recipe for ragi flour are not only ideal for kids, but they are also simple. Start trying them for snacking, healthy breakfast, or almost any meal, and we guarantee your kids will like it and get the benefits of ragi in a creative way!

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