Ragi is one of India’s oldest grains, power-packed with vital nutrients and minerals. Coming to the health facts, ragi nutrition is pretty well-known among Indian families. Ragi is considered to be baby food and is given as a porridge to babies of 6 months and older. It is an excellent baby food that promotes easy digestion and improves bone strength and growth. Not just babies, even adults, consume ragi as a part of their daily diet who are looking to maintain a healthy weight. Though ragi porridge is the most commonly used form of ragi cooking, you can try this variation of ragi nutrition bars at home. So let’s get started.
1. Ragi Nutrition Bar
- Ragi – ¾ cup or 100 grams
- Jaggery grated – ¼ cup or 100 grams
- Ghee – ½ cup or 2 tablespoons or 100 grams
How to make ragi nutrition bar:
- Take an iron Kadai and add ghee once it’s heated.
- To this, add ragi flour and stir continuously on low flame.
- Stir for 4-5 minutes, and now you will see the ghee separating from the ragi.
- Once the mixture starts releasing its aroma, switch off the flame and remove it from the stove.
- After 1 minute, add grated jaggery and mix well. Make sure jaggery has been mixed well without any cubes or jaggery pieces. It should be completely dissolved in the mixture.
- Now take a plate and grease it with ghee/ oil or butter. (your choice)
- Transfer the ragi paste to a greased plate and using a spatula spread the mixture evenly.
- Allow it to cool down for some time.
- After 5-7minutes, cut them to the desired size.
- After the complete cooldown of the mixture, take the pieces out.
- You can store the ragi nutrition bar in airtight containers.
2. Ragi Cookies
Another healthy tea-time ragi snack is the ragi cookies. If you love to have some crispy cookies for the evening, this one’s a perfect choice.
How to make ragi nutrition cookies:
- In a pan, mix 1 cup ragi flour and ½ tbsp cardamom powder and roast until the mixture turns a bit darker.
- Take another bowl and break an egg to whisk it. To this, add the roasted ragi and ½ cup sugar. Mix well.
- Add 2 pinches of dry ginger powder and salt to it.
- Then add rice bran oil and mix well to make it look like a dark dough.
- Take round balls and flatten them to form patties.
- Pre-heat the oven for 7 minutes.
- Take a flat dish or tray and put a butter paper on it.
- Place the cookie roundels an inch away from each other and bake for 8 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.
- Tasty and healthy ragi nutrition cookies are ready to serve. You can then store them in airtight containers for future use.
Ragi in any form is considered healthy for people of all age groups. You can either have it as a simple porridge or try variations like cookies or nutrition bars.