Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Ragi Malt | Raagi Porridge| Healthy Breakfast Drink

Ragi or finger millet has a whole lot of benefits and using it in your daily diet is sure gonna help you. Ragi is high in protein, is an extremely good source of iron and calcium and a rich source of fiber and helps lower cholesterol level. It is one of the best food to be given to diabetic patients and it is said to cool your body. With all its nutrient content, it goes without saying that it is one of the many food suited for an expectant mother.

For years, amma has been making this drink for our breakfast. Its tasty, its filling and its healthy. We always use sprouted ragi flour and it brings added nutrients to the already healthy produce. She soaks ragi grains in water overnight, strain it the next day, wrap it in a neat cotton cloth and allows it to germinate for one day. The sprouts are then sun-dried for 2-3 days and then finely ground in the mill. This flour can be used to make drinks like this, ragi koozh, ragi puttu or ragi kozhukattais(recipe coming soon).

Coming to this drink, when I was expecting the huss made it a point that I had this drink twice every week. The only change that he made was skipping the sugar/jaggery and adding salt and beaten curd to the warm mixture. I have a glass of ragi malt every 2 hours till lunch and it sure helped me cope up with all that morning sickness. Also this was one of the three baby food that munchkins was introduced to. The doctor said it was the best toddler food and had all the nutrients that the kid's body needed. Now thats reason enough to have this right???

For years I didn't know why this drink was called ragi malt but thanks to google I found out the reason why. Any grain that has been sprouted, dried and then milled is called as malted grain and the process called malting... and so the drink ragi malt. Now thats information right... Malting a produce increases the nutrient content and brings out the best of the grain. And so is more good for your body. It takes time but is so good.

~*What U Need*~
Ragi flour - 1/4 cup
Water - 2 cups, adjust to consistency
Milk - 1 cup
Jaggery/Palm candy/Palm sugar - to taste
Cardamom powder - a pinch(optional)

How I made it:
Add ragi flour to water and mix without lumps. Melt the jaggery in 1/4 cup water and strain to remove impurities.

Bring the ragi+water mixture to boil and cook till thick and done. Add the strained jaggery water and cook for another 2 mins. Add milk, bring it a boil and remove from flame.

Serve warm!!!

** My Notes:
** U could use sugar instead of jaggery too
** Add water/milk to bring to desired consistency
** U can make the drink vegan by using almond/soy/cashew milk

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

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  1. I grew up drinking this, really healthy way to start a day! :)

  2. i have been a fan everytime for this....this was my breakfast during my school days...yummy

  3. Vimitha another very health recipe from your collection. In Kumaon too, raagi is consumed a lot. We have it in chapattis. It is called the wonder food. You are right, it is the best baby food.

  4. delicious and healthy porridge with lovely clicks.

  5. good way to start a day :) i do with buttermilk,green chilly,small onion :) yummy !

  6. nothing could beat this one:)healthy and love the clicks

  7. So healthy n filling drink na, My kids love it a lot, But i did not make it recently, now u reminded me :)

  8. This is something very healthy n best.. :) Lovely clicks too vimitha.. :)

  9. Healthy and delicious drink, perfect to start the day.

  10. I am a gr8 fan of Ravi kanji, healthy and yummy dear...

  11. Delicious drink, looks great.

  12. healthy replacement for coffee addicts...lov it

  13. One healthy drink Vimitha, nice write up dear so new to me...

  14. Hi Vimitha, that's a very healthy drink, look tempting.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Have a great week ahead.

  15. Thanks for sharing such a health-giving process. Looks delicious too. Maybe I'll get time to make this (with plant milk) one day!

  16. this totally makes me nostalgic ! Healthy and filling drink..

  17. i have grown up drinking this much to my dislike. but now i like it. one healthy porridge.

  18. delicious very very healthy kids friendly porridge :) lovely click dear :)

  19. Vimi, how I use to dread this. But now I am in love with it.

  20. Makes me nostalgic, had this ragi malt for years when i was young, such a healthy dish.

  21. Wow. Healthy and delicious porridge.My mom used to make this when I was a child

  22. Very healthy way to start the day, I like the idea of used sprouted ragi, am going to try this..

  23. Healthy and filling breakfast,love it


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