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Ragi Cookies – A Delicate, Crisp and healthy Treats

4 April 2011 35 Comments

Ragi cookies

Baking is a great way to enjoy certain food ingredients which otherwise never make to our dinning table too often. Most of the days the meal is either veggies with lentils & chapattis or rice recipes with accompaniments. Some of these wonder foods hardly get included into my menu, unless I shun my laziness and make or bake something out of them 🙂 Ragi or finger millet is one such food ingredients, I love to bring it to my table often. And this time this humble grain Ragi got transformed into these crisp and scrumptious cookies with an extra dose of chocolate chips.  These cookies added as a quick dessert last night with a generous spoon of Nutella spread over them.

Ragi is certainly a food ingredient which require an acquired taste, as it is not very appeasing to the palate. The somewhat saw dust taste put off many to even try this most nutritious wholegrain in their cooking. But believe me cookies, puttu, cakes and muffins with a pinch of spice and extra flavors will go a long way in making Ragi an appetizing grain.

Ragi cookies

Ragi flour, curd ad cinnamon


(makes a dozen)

  • 1 cup Ragi of finger millet flour
  • 1 tbsp. cornflour powder
  • 1 tbsp. All purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar/palm sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. of curd/yogurt
  • Chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
Ragi cookies

Sitting pretty..

Method: Heat a wok and dry fry the Ragi flour for a few minutes till the raw smell disappear. Take a large vessel and add Ragi flour, cornflour, all purpose flour, baking powder and cinnamon powder into it. Mix all the dry ingredients thoroughly.

Take another vessel and add melted butter, sugar and the curd into it. Mix the wet ingredients till the sugar melts.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry flour mix slowly and mix the whole with hands. Make a hard dough. Grease a baking cookies sheet or line the baking tray with parchment paper.

Heat oven to 190°C for 10 minutes.

Make small balls from the dough and arrange them on the cookie sheet. Do not press the balls too much, add the chocolate chips on each cookie.

Ragi cookies

Fresh Bake!

Bake the cookies at 190 °C for 12-15 minutes or till done.

Ragi cookies

Ragi cookies with tea!

The Ragi cookies taste wonderful with a cup of hot Tea.

Ragi cookies

Yum Bite!

Every bite is  real treat for those who love this whole grain.

Ragi cookies

Posing high!

Chocolate chips really helped me out in making my kids enjoy this wonder-grain Ragi cookies.


  1. Palm sugar gives a very sweet flavor to these Ragi cookies.
  2. Try cardamom flavored Ragi cookies instead of cinnamon for a much Indian flavour.
  3. Skip the sugar if you can and enjoy the natural sweetness of the grain.
  4. These cookies are very brittle and will break easily, handle them carefully when you are demoulding them or packing them into a box.

More about Ragi in my article here;

Wonder grain Ragi

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  • Sharmilee said:

    Sure a healthy treat
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  • kalva said:

    woww lovely cookies. been looking for raagi cookies for so long! bookmarked thanks!!!
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  • Divya said:

    Hey Sanjeeta..the cookies look so crunchy and pretty!!I tried making a similar cookie recipe with Ragi,but it remained soft in the middle and lightly crunchy on the outside.Not like the regular cookies.Let me try it out your way now!!
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  • PremalathaAravindhan said:

    Healthy cookies,Baked so perfectly…
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  • Julie M. said:

    I have never heard of ragi before, but I can most definitely assure you that you have me craving one of these cookies containing it no matter the flavor. These are gorgeous!

  • kamakshi said:

    A truly healthy recipe.
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  • Saee Koranne-Khandekar said:

    Bookmarked. In all probability, making these tomorrow!
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  • Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy said:

    These look great.And I agree with you on how baking can make otherwise disliked ingredients much better.Love the perfect shape and neatness of your cookies.
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  • Juliana said:

    Wow, the cookies sure look yummie, so light and perfect with a cup of tea 🙂

  • Smitha said:

    these will be soo good for kids!…healthy n delicious!

  • Sweet Artichoke said:

    Your chocolate chips cookies look so good! Millet is such a healthy grain. I have never used millet flour and would love to try it because it is gluten-free!

  • nisha said:

    perfect with a hot cuppa tea on a cold windy and rainy day
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  • Panchpakwan said:

    Wow these cookies are healhty and yummy..New to me..:)
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  • Raks said:

    Cookies with ragi sounds very healthy and sure looks crispy.. 🙂
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  • Ivy said:

    These look amazing Sanjeeta. I would love them with a cup of coffee.
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  • Krithi said:

    Such a healthy cookie… Scrumptious and inviting too..

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  • Barbarab said:

    I don’t know a thing about ragi, but I’m sure going to look into it. Your cookies looks wonderful, Sanjeeta!
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  • Reeni said:

    I’ve never eaten ragi! But I should – these look delectable! What a thick and fluffy cookie!
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  • Joanne said:

    I’ve never heard of or seen this grain before but it looks like it makes for some delicious cookies!
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  • lisaiscooking said:

    I really enjoy trying different grains in baking, and ragi flour sounds great for cookies. And, these are so cute with the chocolate chips!
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  • A Bowl Of Mush said:

    These cookies look so delicious!!

  • sweetlife said:

    ragi cookies look amazing, I love palm sugar..mu kiddos would gobble these up!!

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  • Sneha Susan Benny said:

    I have never tried anything with ragi. Healthy cookies !!!

  • Latha said:

    Very healthy and awesome looking cookies….YUM!

  • Magic of Spice said:

    I love the name of these, and they look fantastic! Delicious as well I am sure 🙂

  • Nithya said:

    Oh dear.. these look damn delicious 🙂 I am not a fan of raagi at all. Mom makes dosa with it and I would sulk and sigh to have it. But these cookies look so yummy. A must try for me. Will try this asap. Bookmarking it right away 🙂
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  • Manju said:

    I tried this recipe today, 1tsp cinnamon powder is a lot – 1/2 tsp should suffice.

    Also, the cookie is still soft after 20min – hoping they will harden once they cool down.

    Looks great out of the oven though! Thank you for posting this recipe. I hope my li’l one likes the strong cinnamon flavor. Will try with cardamom

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Manju, I like the strong Cinnamon flavors, should have given options for 1/2 tsp. as well, as you mentioned. Cardamom is the normal combo that goes well with Ragi. Yes these cookies will be slightly softer and delicate unlike the wholewheat ones which are crisp. But then each grain has a different property. Hope you like these cookies. Thanks for writing your reviews here. Take care.

  • RUCHIRA said:

    lovely receipe, i m going 2 try this. My omly problem is i ve a microwave, no oven. Is there a microwave option?

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Ruchira, you can use microwave to bake these cookies, but they will not come out very crispy. MW the cookies at about 90 power for 6-7 minutes, or till they are cooked.

  • SV said:

    I landed in your site from suggestions by a friend of mine,
    Mrs. Rama.You have a wonderful blog.I liked everything here! Going to follow your blog.

  • SV said:

    I tried out raggi cookie today with cardamom.It came out well and it was tasty! Thanks for sharing this recpie.Your instructions are well written.

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @SV, thanks for trying out and writing your views here. Glad that you liked the cookies.

  • PJ said:

    Hi Sanjeeta, I tried out this cookies yesterday and they were great! My kids loved them.Made a few changes to the basic recipe.I have posted it on my blog. Thanks for sharing this healthy bake 🙂

  • Lakshmi said:

    Hi Sanjeeta,
    Thanks for the recipe. My tweaked version from your recipe is here tasteofmysore.com/2013/12/eggless-ragi-cookies.html

    Thanks again! Happy New Year to you n family.


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