Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Ragi Kanji (Spicy Version of Ragi/Millet flour)

Ragi is a powerhouse of health benefiting nutrients that help in reducing weight and also acts as a treatment for multiple diseases like Brittle Bones, Osteoporosis, Anemia and Diabetes. It is a natural relaxant that helps in relieving stress and anxiety. It is one such rare cereal that doesn’t need to be polished and, therefore, can be consumed in its purest form with all its goodness intact.                         

                           It helps in weight loss, increase bone strength, controls Diabetes, reduces Cholesterol, good source of protein and amino acids, helps digestion, increase lactation, reverts skin aging. 

                      This is a spicy salted version of Rgi flour. also make sweet dish by adding milk / curd to it. Or you can take Ragi flour in a soup, idli, dosa form. 

Ragi (Millet flour) - 1/4 cup
Water - 5-6 cups
Aambula (Dried mangoes) - 2 pcs

Vegetables I've used ; Potato, Radish, Pumpkin, Carrot, Cauliflower n Green peas. Any one can use veggies as your choice.

For Tempering :-
Mustard oil - 1 tsp
Garlic cloves - 8-10 nos.
Green chilly - 2 nos.
Dry red chilly - 2 nos.
Panch phutan - 1 tsp
Pinch of haldi powder
Pinch of hing (Asafoetida)
Salt to taste
Lemon jiuce - 1/2 tsp
Few Curry leaves

Method :-

  • Put the dried mangoes in water about 20 mins.
  • Take the ragi flour in a wide bowl, add water and let it for 5 minutes. Mix it well without any lumps.
  • Heat little drops of oil, saute the vegetables about 2-3 mins and then put the ragi mixture into the kadhai. Let it boil in high flame for 5 minutes and then keep the flame low-medium. Add more water if required. Cook it about more 5-8 minutes. Add pinch of haldi powder and salt as per your taste. When the veggies are semi cooked, add the dried mangoes to it and cook more 2 minutes.
  • For tadka/tempering, heat mustard oil in a tadka pan. Add dry red chillies, Panch phutan, crushed garlic, curry leaves, hing and immediately pour it to the cooked vegetables. 
  • Sprinkle little drops of lemon juice and Serve hot with hot steamed rice. Or you can take it as hot Soup / Stew.


Check here the sweet version of Ragi....

Ragi Kheer / Mandia Jau (Sweet Version)

Ingredients :
Ragi / Millet flour - 1 cup
Jaggery / Sugar - 1/2 cup (as per your taste)
Salt to taste
Milk - 2 cups
Water - as needed
Cardamom powder -  a pinch
Saffron a strand
Roasted Dry fruits 

Method :-
Take ragi flour in a bowl, add water slowly to it. Mix it well without any lumps. then strain it with a strainer, if required. Boil it with water in a low flame. When it start to thicken, add milk and stir it continuously. Cook it in low-medium flame about 10-15 minutes. Add jaggery or sugar as your taste. Add saffron and roasted dry fruits as your choice. Switch off the flame and let it cool at room temperature. Serve chilled with more nuts and raisins and Enjoy your breakfast !!!

Any one can add fresh curd or milk while serving, which enhance the taste more...

It's a healthy and very nutritious dish, specially very useful for ladies and baby. It helps in weight loss, increase bone strength, controls diabetes, reduces cholesterol, good source of amino acids, helps digestion, increase lactation, revert skin aging...etc...etc...