I started giving Ariana ragi as soon as she turned 6 months old, be it porridge or dosas or idlis, and she has loved it ever since. If its one of the bad tummy days, I know for sure that ragi dosa is all she would eat. Nothing could be more healthier and milder.
A bit about Ragi :
Ragi-based foods are easy to digest because of the high fiber content. In their growing years, kids need optimum amounts of protein, iron, calcium and minerals for their bodies to develop healthily. Ragi gives all of these and much more.
Because of its high nutritional content ragi flour is recommended as a weaning food too. It is the most useful for children during their teething years because of its high content of calcium and amino acid methionine.
Here are a few benefits of Ragi
* Regular consumption of ragi boosts immunity in children and lowers the levels of harmful cholesterol.
* Ragi improves bone structure and health.
* The amino acid tryptophan found in ragi keeps children mentally agile, and helps to overcome feelings of anxiety and depression. It also induces peaceful slumber in kids who have difficulty sleeping at night.
* The iron in ragi aids in blood formation.
* Ragi induces release of growth hormones in children.
* Amino acid methionine keeps the skin and hair healthy.
* Ragi helps control blood sugar in obese children.
minimum 15 - 20 minutes
30 minutes approximately
Ragi Flour (Finger Millet)
Ghee (Clarified Butter)
Tomatoes (or any other veggies)
a few stalks
As per your taste
As per your taste
a few, shredded
In a bowl, keep the ragi flour, rice flour, cumin seeds and salt ready.
Finely chop the onions and coriander leaves.
Heat a non stick pan to a smoking point. Pour a ladle full of this batter on the pan and grease the edges with ghee.
Once one side is done, you can flip it over for less than 10 seconds.
Voila! Simple, quick and crunchy :)
This can also be accompanied with a coconut chutney.