Amazing Ragi Drinks Recipes

Ragi or nachini or finger millet is one of the best sources of calcium. It is extremely healthy and has a number health benefits. Let’s look at some wonderful ragi drinks recipes.

Ragi milk

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp ragi flour
  • 6-8 almonds
  • 2 cups water
  • 2-3 tsp cooked ragi paste
  • 1 tsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp jaggery powder
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Few drops of pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Mix ragi / finger millet flour into water
  • Make a lump free smooth paste
  • Soak 6-8 almonds
  • Add 2 cups of water into a pan and heat it
  • Once the water starts to boil, add the ragi flour paste
  • Keep stirring constantly to avoid sticking at the bottom
  • Once cooked, you can use the paste instantly
  • Once it is cooled, store it in fridge for next 3-4 days to be used later
  • In a pan, heat 1 cup milk
  • In a blender, add cooked ragi flour, peanut butter, soaked almonds, cinnamon, cocoa powder and vanilla extract
  • Blend everything until it turns smooth
  • Once the milk starts to boil, add the blended mixture
  • Stir well until it’s nicely mixed
  • Serve it warm

Fermented ragi

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup whole ragi / ragi flour / sprouted ragi flour
  • 1/4 cup rice
  • Water as required

Instructions

  • Wash, rinse ragi and rice a couple of times
  • Soak ragi and rice mixture in water for 6-8 hours
  • Add soaked ragi into blender and blend until smooth
  • Add ragi and rice paste into a heavy bottom pan
  • Add 2-4 cups of water and place the pan on heat
  • First cook the mixture on medium to high heat
  • Then reduce heat and cook for 15-20 minutes
  • Continue adding hot water if it starts to thicken
  • Don’t add cold water as it’ll lead to lumps formation
  • Stir constantly to avoid getting the paste sticking at the bottom
  • Once it’s cooked properly, let it cool slightly
  • Transfer the mixture into a clay pot
  • Add more water if required
  • Cover with a cotton / muslin cloth or kitchen towel
  • Leave the pot on the kitchen counter overnight or under the sun for 6-8 hours
  • Next morning, your fermented ragi is ready to be consumed

Ragi hot chocolate

Ingredients

  • 1.5 tbsp ragi flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder

Instructions

  • Mix ragi flour with some water and make paste, mix well to avoid paste
  • In a pan, add rest of the water and milk
  • Place the pan on heat and wait till it comes to a boil
  • In the meantime, break the dark chocolate into pieces
  • Once the milk comes to a boil, add ragi paste and mix constantly
  • Keep stirring to avoid lumps formation
  • Add cocoa powder and using a fork or whisker, mix well
  • Add vanilla extract and combine well
  • Now add the dark chocolate and mix again
  • Cook for 5-6 minutes
  • If the mixture looks thick, add some more milk gradually
  • Add cinnamon in the end
  • Switch off the flames and add jaggery powder
  • Serve it in a cup / bowl

Ragi veggies

Ingredients

  • Green peas
  • Carrots
  • Little water
  • Corn, capsicum
  • Tomatoes
  • Salt to taste
  • Cooked ragi paste

Instructions

  • In a pan, add green peas and carrots and little water
  • Cover with lid and let it cook on low heat
  • Add corn, capsicum and tomato in the pan
  • Add salt to taste, mix well
  • Add cooked ragi paste
  • Add water to match your consistency
  • Bring the soup to a boil, don’t overcook
  • Switch off the heat and cover with lid
  • Add black pepper, dried herbs and fresh coriander if you like
  • Serve warm for dinner / lunch

Ragi tea

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp whole ragi grain
  • 1/8 tsp chai masala
  • 1 tsp jaggery powder
  • 1 cup water
  • Coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp milk

Instructions

  • Dry roast the ragi grain on low heat for 6-7 minutes
  • If it’s not enough, roast until it turns black and starts to smoke slightly
  • Grind the roasted ragi grain into the grinder
  • Add the 2 tsp of ground whole rago grain into 1 cup of water
  • Add chai masala and jaggery too
  • Adding milk is completely optional
  • Give it a nice boil and serve warm
  • It is your choice to add coriander seeds, if you are adding them, dry roast them

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