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Finger Millet or Ragi Chocolate Cake – A Perfect Combo of Taste & Health

12 September 2011 70 Comments

Finger Millet & Chocolate Cake

Count your blessings’ …Oh yes, have been doing the same quite often since I started my blog. One such blessing is the countless foodie friends I get to connect through Lite Bite and other social medias on line. We have a good time sharing our passion for food, exchange recipes, discuss personal developments, point out mistakes, rectify them and grow together. The generous support that most of the bloggers shower for each other is commendable.

The other day one of my blogger friends Chinmayi tweeted this “When i think of healthy baking… i only think of you!!! I am your fan πŸ˜€”Β  and asked me to share a link for healthy & easy cookies. Our cookie tweets further tempted me to bake some of mine but my kids had a difference of opinion and wanted some sort of chocolate dessert for the night. I baked this Finger millet chocolaty cake, the slices drizzled with Nutella sauce…Mmm.. a real delight.Β  Oh..and no one could make out that it had the healthy wholegrain Finger millet/Ragi in it!

Finger millet or Ragi

Finger millet or Ragi and the flour


  • 1/2 cup Finger MilletΒ flour
  • 1 cup All purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. Cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup curd/yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon powder
Finger Millet & Chocolate Cake


Method; Sift the finger millet flour, all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon twice in a large vessel. Take another vessel and add curd, oil, milk and sugar in it, beat the liquid mixture with a fork till the sugar is dissolved.

Preheat the oven to 190Β°C for about 10 minutes. Grease a round cake tin with oil.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet liquid mixture little by little and fold lightly making circular motions.

Finger Millet & Chocolate Cake

My cake is bursting out with laughter..love that deep furrow on top…

Pour the cake batter into the greased cake tin and bake for 30 minutes or till the cake is done. Check the cake by inserting a clean knife in it, if it comes out clean the cake is fully baked.

Finger Millet & Chocolate Cake

Upside down..

How pretty it looks from the bottom!

Finger Millet & Chocolate Cake

Dusted with powder sugar..

Finger millet blends well with cocoa which will mar the husky smell of the grain.

Finger Millet & Chocolate Cake

Chocolaty delight!

Dust the cake with powder sugar and enjoy the chocolaty treat.

Finger Millet & Chocolate Cake

Mmm..drizzled with Nutella sauce..

A dessert could not get better than this cake which has everything to indulge in and at the same time good for your health too.

Finger Millet & Chocolate Cake

Hard to resist…

Serve the Finger Millet Chocolate cake with chocolate syrup. I made an instant chocolaty syrup by mixing 2 tbsp. of Nutella with 1 tsp. of milk in it. And the cake was gone before I could even think of storing it for the next day πŸ™‚


  1. Replace the finger millet powder with all purpose flour if you do not have it.
  2. Try the cake with wholewheat flour for more healthier option.
  3. The cake is not very sweet, increase sugar a little if you like sweet bakes.


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  • chinmayie @ love food eat said:

    This is exactly why I think of you when I think of Healthy Baking! lol!
    Love how creative you are when it comes to baking Sanjeeta! One more cake to try on my list!

    I think I should blog the cookie recipe I tried from your blog πŸ™‚

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Chinmayi, Phew..had to clear 1778 spams manually to get your comment out… Good that you reminded..else it would have buried..Thanks for all your love and support. Indebted to blogging for getting me such wonderful friends! Tight hugs.

  • Anita Menon said:

    I have been thinking of using ragi in my pantry for a long time now. THank you so much for this delicious looking recipe..
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  • Rosa said:

    That cake is beautifully fluffy and looks so tempting! What an interesting combination.



  • kadhyaa said:

    Thats such a innovative idea and also very very healthy..loooks great
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  • Priti said:

    wow that’s so wonderful ….looks so delish
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  • Deepa said:

    No doubt you are a good baker !! I like the way you subsitute with healthier options. This looks very very tempting

    Hamaree Rasoi
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  • Yuri said:

    I am in love with this cake! Does white millet work too? I have two bags of millet here, one smaller than the other but they’re both white/yellow. Only you could come up with a healthy chocolate cake that looks this sinful. Happy Monday! <3
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  • Anushruti | Divine Taste said:

    Looks great! Kudos to you for using ragi this way!

  • jeyashrisuresh said:

    wonderful texture and quite a healthy one.planning to make ur carrot muffins soon
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  • Nandini said:

    The cake is groovy and chocolate-y! Yum! An excellent way to stuff the children with ragi…

  • Krithi said:

    I love finger millet flour… chocolate cake with finger millet flour.. wow.. I too think of you when I think of healthy baking.. My Ragi savory cookies was inspired by you… Actually you could change the title as eggless butterless guilt-less ragi chocolate cake!!
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  • Baker Street said:

    Love this cake. Healthy chocolate cake?! Can it get any better. Bookmarked for the weekend.
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  • sangeetakhanna said:

    Very rich looking cake it is Sanjeeta !!!

    I have tried ragi n bajra flours with jaggery for cakes for desi flavors , this one looks so rich with nutella too πŸ™‚
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  • sayantani said:

    thats a clever idea…looks really good.
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  • Nitha said:

    Delicious and healthy cake..
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  • Priya said:

    Excellent texture,love the addition of ragi flour..
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  • Swathi said:

    Ragi cake looks dleicious.
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  • aipi said:

    The texture is unbelievable n it looks super duper chocolaty! I should definitely bookmark this recipe πŸ™‚

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  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy said:

    Oh my Sanjeeta..you are a pro..I think you can bake a fluffy cake with any kind of flour..this look so moist and yummy!
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  • Faith said:

    Wow, what a gorgeous cake! You always have desserts that are a perfect combo — delicious and healthy!
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  • Sharmilee said:

    Yummy looking cake..with the addition of ragi its healthy too…I luv the texture of ur cake

  • Simone said:

    That looks really too good to have anything healthy in it!! Yum.. Never heard of ragi before!
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  • Tina said:

    bookmarking this recipe dear…so innovative and healthy recipe….

  • FOODESSA said:

    Sanjeeta…I’m all for adding or fully replacing and gluten flour. Since I’m still experimenting, I too sneak in the gluten-free so that it’s barely noticable for others. I’ll hopefully get the whole gluten-free baking down and help my tummy from bloating etc.

    This chocolate cake rocks!

    Now, tell me…do your kids behave after a choco treat at night? LOL

    Ciao for now,

  • Premalatha Aravindhan said:

    wow very healthy bake dear,love ur baking recipes…always unique…Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe…cake luks too soft and yum…
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  • Deepika Garg said:

    Wow…What a combination of helth and taste ..will definetly try it..!!
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  • PJ said:

    What a lovely cake. I have all the ingredients ready. Will bake this for sure.. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe πŸ™‚

  • Divya said:

    Such a great idea to incorporate Ragi into baking.I am definitely gonna try this,will get back to you with feedback soon:)
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  • Kalyani said:

    looks so tempting and yummy !!!!!!! wonderful clicks ……
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  • Juliana said:

    Wow, this chocolate cake looks absolutely gorgeous…rich in color and flavor. Beautiful pictures Sanjeeta!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week πŸ™‚

  • rebecca said:

    wow this cake has an amazing texture and so true you make the best healthy cakes love it thanks for the congrats on the baby hugs
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  • Smita said:

    Love the recipe n the gorgeous pics !!! Bookmarking it to try out this weekend !!!
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  • Junia @ Mis Pensamientos said:

    sanjeeta, this cake looks so moist and decadent!! i love the millet here πŸ˜€
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  • Angie@Angiesrecipes said:

    The chocolate cake looks so fluffy and light in texture. Must give ragi flour a try too.
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  • Sneh | Cook Republic said:

    Lovely and healthy idea to put them in a cake. I have to try this. I put ragi in brownies once, and it turned out fine. I think the chocolate and ragi compliment each other.
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  • rittime said:

    yummmmmmmyyyyy…i wish if i could have such a wife who baked for me too…

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said:

    We have millet here but it’s not the same color, it’s beige. I wonder if it’s related to the version you’ve used here?
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  • chitra said:

    wow, u r gr8 to make a cake with ragi πŸ™‚

  • EA-The Spicy RD said:

    Delicious looking cake! I love your photo and descriptions of the cake bursting with laughter :-). I have been using some regular millet flour in my gluten-free baking, but have never heard of finger millet before. I’m sure the nutella syrup adds the perfect touch!
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  • Sarah Naveen said:

    Oh so Healthy and yummy..loved it..drool!!!
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  • Radhika said:

    Sanjeeta, Isn’t that genius?
    Wow! Ragi and chocolate cake is like eating the cake and having it too!
    Love Ragi/finger millet and use it regularly too. But this dessert idea sounds too good to be true.. I must must try this!

  • foodwanderings said:

    Miss Sanjeeta, You never seize to amaze me. Love love this cake the consistency of it upside down and inside absolute success. Just wonderful!! Never baked with millet, I got it at my pantry now I got your recipe!! πŸ™‚
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Shulie, You are a sweetheart! Thanks for the generous shower of love. Waiting to try the Challah breads from your blog…and of course for.. you know what πŸ™‚

  • Magic of Spice said:

    What a fantastic recipe! This cake looks incredible sinful, hard to believe it is actually healthy too πŸ™‚
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  • JustaGirl said:

    I love Ragi, and also the flavor it brings to the food .. leave alone the great health aspects.

    This is one cake I shall make when I do end up buying an oven πŸ™
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  • Poornima said:

    The cake looks fabulous…love the texture! Bookmarked!!

  • a spoonful of yumm said:

    i always love how you come up with healthy recipes. this chocolate cake looks so tempting !
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  • Joanne said:

    Foodie friends are definitely one of the best parts of blogging, along with all the delicious new recipes I find. I love that this cake is both healthy and decadent…and delicious!
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  • kankana said:

    You know I don’t like eating chocolate but chocolate is my all time fav and that is making me drool. The texture has come out so beautifully and it’s baked to perfection!
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  • Sook said:

    The cake looks so moist and yummy! I love chocolate! πŸ™‚

  • easyfoodsmith said:

    What a deliciously healthy cake! great post!

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  • Fluffy Finger Millet Banana Chocolate Cake | love food eat said:

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  • Kavi | Edible Entertainment said:

    Oh wow!!!!! I can’t believe Ragi-in-a-cake! I’m gonna try it out! πŸ˜€ And if I like it, mum’s gonna be the happiest! She’s been pestering me to drink Ragi Porridge!! πŸ˜€ Is the cake a bit dense? I absolutely love this! πŸ™‚
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Kavi, yes the cake is a bit dense and has a typical Ragi touch to it. Hope you get to switch from your ragi porridge soon πŸ™‚ BTW..I love Ragi porridge.

  • Lakshmi said:

    Hi Sanjeeta,

    This was the 1st time I tried a bake other than my mom’s tried & tested recipes, and it turned out to be realllyy good πŸ™‚ Thank you for the wonderful recipe.
    Have been looking out for bakes without the usual eggs, butter etc and I have found it here. I love your idea of using healthy ingredients and have been coming back regularly to check out this space πŸ™‚

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Lakshmi, Thanks for trying out, am glad and honored that you liked what you baked from Lite Bite! Here is wishing more of happy baking and cooking from Lite Bite. Hugs.

  • sangee vijay said:

    I tried this millet choco cake and i totally loved it…i made it with whole wheat,totally a guilt free munch…
    Thanks for this lovely recipe !!
    Spicy Treats

  • Sangita said:

    Hi Sanjeeta,

    After the success of your Cornmeal lemon cake, I tried this one as I’m fond of experimenting with healthy ingredients. And this ragi cake was an instant hit! And it felt soo good to see the kids gorging on it as it was so healthy. Thanks for your lovely recipes. And your pics are just great!

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Sangita, Thanks for your lovely comment, feels good to hear from readers trying out and liking the recipes they bake or cook from Lite Bite!

  • lisa said:

    I can’t wait to try this cake. I was just curious, could you substitute quinoa or almond meal flours in place of the ragi? I wonder how the other flours would work. Thank you.

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Lisa, I think you can replace quinoa flour with that of Ragi and still come out with a good bake..not sure about almond meal flour, as almond has oil in it and might alter the consistency of the batter. But you can try baking a few Muffins using the same, as it will require less batter.

  • shrutihash said:

    this cake is just awesome full of flavor and nutritious at the same time. Just tried this recipe and even with my 10 month old baby clinging to me during the whole process, it turned out great.. I loved it and so did my baby boy.. Now keeping my fingers crossed for my elder preschooler son to relish it… Thanks for the eggless and non-butter recipe

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Shruti, thanks for your sweet words! Looks like you are another passionate baker mommy, hope your preschooler did enjoy it. Happy baking and keep rocking your family with the adventures in your kitchen. Hugs.

  • aparna said:

    Loved this recipe! Made it yesterday and it was a hit! Thanks for sharing! Do check out my post on this cake on my blog. Looking fwd to trying more of ur recipes.

  • Ragi Poppy Seed Cookies said:

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  • suneetha said:

    Hi Sanjeetha, my son is allergic to dairy products. Can you suggest me something to replace yogurt and milk ?


  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Suneetha, Try Soya milk or cashew nut milk.

  • ann said:

    Thank you for sharing this delicious, healthy cake recipe. I was looking for a cake to make with ragi, as I have just ordered some online. I used to love having ragi porridge for breakfast, when a Ugandan came to study in UK and brought some. So looking forward to trying the porridge again and baking this cake.

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