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Wonder Grain Ragi or Finger Millet and a Dessert – Ragi Puttu

27 August 2010 17 Comments

finger millet

These tiny deep red pearls called Ragi or finger millet are bundle of nutrients. A whole grain which I came to know about much later in life. Until then the cobs or the fingers of ragi used to decorate my vase of dry flower arrangement for long  🙂

It was only when I came to the South of India I became aware of these goldmine of nutrients. From then on it has occupied a much coveted place on my dinning table. I love the earthy and rustic aroma of this mighty grain.

finger millet

Courtesy Wikipedia

a wonder grain ragi and a recipe.

Health Benefits;

  • It is a good source of fiber in diet.
  • Ragi has low Glycemic Index which makes it digest very slowly thus keeping the blood sugar levels constant. Ragi is surely a boon for people suffering from diabetes.
  • Ragi is rich in many minerals such as thiamine, iron and calcium.
  • It serves as a good laxative for constipation.
  • Ragi is rich in carbohydrate and low in fat, which can help control obesity.
  • Ragi malt  can be a good substitute for people suffering from milk allergies.

Prudent ways to include Ragi in diet;

  • Ragi can be ground and use in baking and making puddings.
  • Porridge made with Ragi powder is very healthy refreshing breakfast.
  • Soups, and vegetable broth can be prepared using Ragi flour.
  • Many Indian desserts such as Halwa and Barfi can be made with Ragi.
  • Idlis and Dosas of Ragi flour is a nourishing breakfast.
  • Mix Ragi flour with whole-wheat flour and make chapattis or Indian breads.
  • Sprout the ragi grains and use them in your salads.
  • Ragi Puttu a traditional a healthy recipe is a great addition to the meal.

a wonder grain ragi and a recipe.

Ragi for Dessert

This is a quite simple and healthy dessert made with ragi flour. The process involves making the Ragi Puttu first and then preparing the following recipe. The instructions for ingredients and method is given in Steamed Rice Cake.

Alternatively you can steam the Ragi flour in any vessel if you do not have the Puttu maker. Put the crumbled ragi flour in a small bowl and keep it inside a pressure cooker with a little water and stem it for 4-5 minutes. Take it out and proceed further to make the dessert.

a wonder grain ragi and a recipe.


  • 1 cup of steamed Ragi flour
  • 1/2 cup of grated coconut
  • 1/2 cup sugar/Jaggery powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of cardamom powder
  • 3-4 tsp. of crushed Almonds

Method: Take the steamed Ragi flour and mix it with rest of the ingredients. Serve it hot.

a wonder grain ragi and a recipe.


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  • renuka said:

    very nice.Being a south indian,i make ragi puttu and ragi dosa.

  • nisha said:

    never ever had ragi…dint know u cud make desserts with it

  • Nachiketa said:

    What an informative post about Ragi.
    Would love to try n bake something with it.

    Thanks for this amazing post.

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  • veena said:

    wow!! never knew that we could prepare dessert out of ragi

  • Faith said:

    I’ve never heard of ragi before so this information was really interesting for me! It sounds like such a healthy and versatile ingredient I would love to cook with it! The dessert looks super yummy! 🙂

  • vaishali said:

    hey this is real cool..had never heard abt ragi till my daughter got married in chennai……but this post is soooo very NUTRITIOUS..like both the versions…savoury n sweet!
    plz let us know abt ragi dosa!!!!

  • kanthi said:

    you have a good collection of recipes,i love your recipes.

  • Barbara Bakes said:

    This is the first time I am hearing about Ragi. It sounds like something I should see if they carry in my neck of the woods. I think your dessert would be delicious for breakfast too.

  • Priya said:

    I love ragi puttu much, such a nutritious dish..looks yummy..

  • Krishnaveni said:

    healthy dessert, thanks for the information

  • Priya Srinivasan said:

    A very useful info!!! yummy Puttu!!!

  • Ananda Rajashekar said:

    Its been ages I had ragi…My aunty is expert with this sweet, Your pic’s took my days to India 🙂

  • Radhika said:

    As a kids I never ate Raagi just because my Mom used to make only the savoury dishes. I would love to have this Ragi dessert even for my breakfast.

  • FOODESSA said:

    Sanjeeta…I use millet all the time…however, not quite this ‘Ragi’ that you speak of. I still also have to start experimenting with millet flour.
    Thanks for all this great info…I’ll have to put this reddish grain on my shopping list ;o)

    Ciao for now,

  • Rosa said:

    That is such a lovely dessert! A healthy combination. Interesting!



  • Jyothi Mcminn said:

    Finger millet flour is sold in health food stores and in whole food chain In USA,they are refined and so it needs a lot of spices and herbs to elevate the taste. can be used in muffins pancakes and flat breads here. recipes are galore on line and on the package. try this. Used for diabetic patients to lower sugar level,

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