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10 Simple & Easy Recipes To Add Ragi To Your Child’s Diet

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In our fast moving lives and heavily advertised world, we have somehow begun to majorly consume just 2-3 varieties of grains which is “Wheat, Rice and Dal or Pulses” as a part of our daily diet. When actually India is blessed with an ability to grow a huge variety of crops. Millets is one of those forgotten crops, whose nutrition value is simply unmatchable to whole wheat or rice. In this blog, we will just focus on “Ragi” or “Finger Millet” which is sort of gaining popularity these days because of it high calcium content. And therefore makes it a great option for kids.

As a child I remember my grandmother telling me stories of how she would make Ragi Mudde (in kannada) /Ragi Ball every day. The family would have this each morning and leave to school or work and would just not feel hungry for 5-6 hours. Its almost 10 times richer in calcium than rice or wheat. Its complex carbohydrates and fibre content makes the body spend a lot of calories just to digest it.

Despite its many many healthy benefits, Ragi is still absent on our plates and I hope to help you include Ragi in your family foods as regularly as possible through these simple & quick recipes:

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1. Sprouted Ragi Porridge

This is my all time favorite breakfast on days when I get up late and don’t have enough time to make an elaborate meal. I sometimes add 2-3 tsp of grounded dry fruits powder to make it more nutritious.

Cooking Time: 5 Mins
Servings – Makes about 2 cups, can serve 2 people
Ingredients
• Sprouted Ragi Flour or Plain Ragi Flour – 4 Tsp
• Water or Milk – 50-60 mL
• Powdered Jaggery or Dry Dates powder – 2 Tsp
• Elachi powder – A small pinch for flavor

Method:
• Take a broad bowl, add the ragi flour and cold water/milk and mix till all the lumps are gone.
• Add jaggery/dry dates powder, elaichi powder, dry fruits powder (optional).
• Cook on a medium flame for 5 mins.
• Ensure you continuously stir while cooking to ensure the porridge does not stick to the bowl and does not form lumps.
• The porridge will thicken and begin to boil.
• Keep aside to cool and serve warm.

If you’re wondering how you can get sprouted ragi powder to make the ragi porridge, check out our recipe for homemade sprouted ragi powder for babies. If you are super busy to make it yourself, don’t worry! You can buy 100% organic sprouted ragi flour , free from sugar, salt, milk powder chemicals, pesticides and added flavors, directly from our store.

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2. Ragi in Buttermilk

Our kids come back home from play and are super thirsty. Instead of offering a packed juice try giving them this tasty ragi butter milk.

Cooking Time: Less than 2 mins
Ingredients:
• Instant Ragi Flour (This Ragi flour will be pre-roasted and ready to eat)
• Butter Milk
• Salt to taste
• Oil, mustard seeds, Udad Dal, Curry Leaves for seasoning
Method:
• To a glass of buttermilk, add salt and 2 tsps of Instant Ragi flour and mix well to remove all lumps. Keep aside.
• Then heat a small pan, add oil, mustard seeds, udal dal, curry leaves and season it will till they begin to sputter.
• Add this delicious seasoning to the ragi butter milk and serve chilled.
You can buy 100% organic instant ragi flour , free from sugar, salt, milk powder chemicals, pesticides and added flavors, directly from our store.

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3. Sugar Free Ragi Laddoos

Mothers are always busy. We don’t like to spend too much time in the kitchen are always looking for quick & healthy recipes for our kids. So here is a 5 min ragi laddoo recipe that is super easy to make, even your expert grandmother will give you a pat on the back!

Cooking Time: 5 Mins

Ingredients:
• Instant Ragi powder or Ragi Huri Hittu (This is pre-roasted ragi powder and ready for consumption) – 1 cup/100g
• Fresh dates – 5-6 (You can substitute it with jaggery)
• Almonds, Better if they are roasted – 10 pieces
• Ghee/Coconut Oil – 3 Tsp
• Elachi or Cardamom powder – 2 pods

Method:
• Put all the ingredients in a blender and churn till everything is mixed well.
• You can add an extra 1-2 spoons of oil if you need them to bind/blend well.
• Take it out in a bowl and make them into small balls using your palm.
• Store them in room temperature. Consume before 4-5 days.
You can buy 100% organic instant ragi flour , free from sugar, salt, milk powder chemicals, pesticides and added flavors, directly from our store.

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4. Ragi Dosa – A gluten free dosa without rice

Sharing my mother’s innovation to make dosa without rice. Rice no doubt is a staple food of India, but it does come polished and refined these days that its final nutritional value is definitely lower than millets. So this is an inspiring recipe made with Kodo millet which substitutes the function of rice in dosa.

Soaking Time: 2-4 Hours
Preparation Time: 5 Mins
Ingredients for the batter:
• Kodo Millet – 1 Cup
• Ragi or Finger Millet – ½ Cup
• Channa Dal – 2 Tsps
• Udad Dal – 3/4th Cup

Method to make the batter:
• Wash and soak all ingredients for 2-4 hours.
• Don’t add too much water to soak, add just enough that a thin layer of water covers the grains. We don’t want to lose the vitamins and minerals by throwing away this water.
• Grind them to a fine paste and keep the batter to ferment overnight.

Method to make Ragi Dosa
• To begin with add some drinking water (less than 1 cup) if the batter is very thick
• Heat the pan, drizzle with oil and pour as we do for regular dosa.
• Cover the dosa with lid, so the steam heats up the layer facing the top.
• Drizzle some more oil and cook on a medium flame for 3-4 mins
• Serve warm with your favorite chutney or sambhar.

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5. Ragi Seviyaan 

Another recipe from Ragi that makes a super healthy breakfast filled with calcium. You can buy ready ragi seviyyan mostly available in south Indian stores in your locality. This recipe can be made within 10 mins, for either breakfast or an evening snack for your hungry toddlers.

Cooking Time: 10 Mins
Ingredients:
• Ragi Seviyyan – 1 Cup
• Fresh Grated Coconut – 2 Teaspoon
• Channa Dal – 1 Teaspoon
• Green Chilli – 1 diced in half
• Turmeric – 1 pinch
• Mustard Seeds, Curry Leaves, cold pressed oil of your choice for seasoning
Salt for Taste

Method:
• Soak Ragi Seviyyan in warm water for 2 mins. Drain water and keep aside.
• Start the seasoning in a broad pan, with mustard seeds, curry leaves, chillies.
• Add the channa dal and roast in oil till it turns slightly brown.
• Add a pinch of turmeric, soaked ragi seviyaan, salt and stir well.
• You need to cook for just 2-3 mins, add freshly grated coconut, mix and serve hot.

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6. Jaggery Ragi Cookies (Eggless and No Maida)

These fibre rich cookies are so easy to make and comes handy when your hungry kids come back from play, while travelling or even when you want to enjoy a healthy snack with your family with an evening tea or coffee!
This recipe uses no maida at all, can be made without sugar too and its simply delicious & crunchy!

Cooking time: 30 mins
Ingredients:
• Ragi or Finger Millet Flour – 1 cup
• Whole Wheat Flour – 1 Cup
• Cold Butter cut in pieces (Saltless) – 1 Cup
• Brown Sugar or Jaggery or Dates Powder – 1 Cup
• White Til or Sesame Seeds – 3 Tea spoons (optional)
• Vanilla Essence – 1 spoon or elaichi powder
• Milk or water – 3-4 Teaspoons

Instructions:
• Sieve ragi and wheat flour. Mix them well.
• Add all the remaining ingredients to make a tight dough. Dont add too much milk. It should be slightly harder than the chappati dough. Knead it for 5-10 mins
• Keep the dough in the fridge for 10 mins
• Make small balls and press them in your palm to make them flat and round. It can be about 3-4mm thick they will rise when baked.
• Preheat the oven at 180 degrees for 10 mins
• Bake these biscuits for 18 mins at 180 degrees
• They will still be soft once they are baked. Let them cool down for 15-20 mins and they will turn hard and crispy.

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7. Sugarfree – Ragi Chocolate & Coconut Blocks

Who does not like chocolate? And why do we always blame the kids for eating them  Btw, Cacao is healthy, manufacturers add lot of vegetable oil, sugar and milk powder to make it unhealthy and filled with calories. The raw cacao powder is actually full of minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants. So, here is a super healthy dessert recipe for your kids, who wont even know about Ragi being added.

Cooking Time: 10 Mins

Ingredients:
• Instant Ragi/Nachni flour – 1 cup
• Grated Fresh Coconut – 1 cup
• Cacao powder – 2 Tsp
• Jaggery – ½ cup
Dry Dates Dates powder ½ cups
• Melted Ghee/Coconut Oil – ½ cups

Method:
• Take a heavy bottom pan, add 1 cup water, 2-3 Tsp of ghee/oil and bring to boil. Best to use a medium flame to allow gentle cooking.
• Add the jaggery and allow to melt and bring to boil.
• Add grated coconut, Instant Ragi flour, Cacao and dry dates powder to the melted jaggery and mix well.
• Stir continuously and keep adding ghee/oil little by little for the mixture to get together.
• Cook until the mixture starts to leave the side of the wok. Switch off the heat and pour the mixture into a greased tray.
• Using a knife, cut it into square blocks and leave it to cool.

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8. Ragi Rotti

Another traditional and popular dish in south India, especially Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The roti will be slightly harder than the wheat chappati, so I would recommend feeding babies who have atleast 2-4 teeth to chew well.

Cooking Time: 10 mins
Ingredients:
• 3 cups ragi flour
• 2 cups hot water
• 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
• 1 medium red onion, chopped
• A few curry leaves chopped finely
• Salt to taste

Instructions:
• Boil the water and add to the flour. Add cumin, onion, curry leaves, and salt.
• Mix this all together and close the container for 10 minutes, so that the steam of the hot water softens the flour.
• Mix in a small amount of oil until the dough is soft.
• Grease a flat griddle with oil and spread the dough in a circular motion. Cover the pan and cook over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Do not overcook, as the roti may get hard. Serve hot.

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9. Ragi Ball – The best natural Calcium Pill!

Post delivery, most moms complain of bone pains, where back pains and knee pains are very common. The common reason for these pains is calcium deficiency. When mother’s breastfeed their babies, a lot of calcium & protein from the mother’s body goes into the breast milk. When the mother consumes less calcium through her diet, the body simply is designed to pull out calcium from her bones to feed her baby, resulting in these bone aches.

Ragi being a power house of calcium, one way of naturally consuming a lot of calcium is to eat Ragi Balls or Ragi Mudde as it is called in south India. It’s a steamed ball of ragi, the size that you can hold in your palm. Have one ball every morning or afternoon with your favorite curry for a month, and you will have no signs of pains in your body. Eating a big portion is important for breast-feeding mothers is because they need to meet the calcium requirement for themselves and their baby. So do ensure you take at least 100g of Ragi powder to prepare your meal each time. The best part of this recipe is, it has a weight loss benefit to it  Eat more and Lose more body fat!

When your babies grow to 8+ months, you can even make mini balls for them which they can directly swallow.

Cooking Time : 15 mins

Ingredients:
• Ragi powder – 1 cup
• Cooking time – 10 mins
• Water – 1.5 cups

Method:
• The ratio of water to ragi powder is important in this recipe. It is 1:1.5 cups of Ragi:Water ratio, just incase you need to make 2 or more balls.
• First bring the water to boil. Then add the ragi powder and cook on a medium flame for 10 mins. Please don’t mix or stir. Just let it cook gently for 10 mins.
• Once cooked, take a thin long stirrer and mix well.
• Finally it should look and feel like the consistency of a wheat dough used for chappati, only slightly softer and more moist.
• In case you feel the mixture is still powdery and dry, add a little boiling water and mix, till you get a lump free dough. Shape it to a ball and enjoy hot with your favorite curry.

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10. Ragi Iddli – Best Monday Morning Breakfast!

Monday mornings are best when you get to have hot idli and sambhar! The gets better when you innovate and make it with Ragi.
I always try to add a handful of Ragi whenever possible, since its a power house of calcium! It has 10 times more calcium than wheat or rice.

Soaking Time: 2-3 Hours
Fermenting Time: 6-8 Hours
Cooking Time: 10 mins
Ingredients:
• Whole Ragi Grains – 1 Cup
• Kodo Millet – 1 Cup
• Rice – 1/2 Cup
• Udad Dal – 3/4th to 1 Cup
• Rice Flakes/Poha – 3 Tsp

Note: Add the Whole millet (Ragi/Kodo) it will bring in more fibre, minerals, anti-oxidants and phytochemicals. Kodo millet is added to substitute the role of rice.

Method:
• Wash and soak all the grains for 4-5 hours. Grind them together to make a smooth batter. Cover the batter with a lid and leave it to ferment for 8 hours.
• Grease the idli pan with oil, pour batter, steam for 10 minutes just like how you make regular idlis. Serve hot with chutney or sambhar!

Our kid’s are our future… So healthy kid’s means healthy future!!


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The Many Nutritional Benefits of Pulses!!

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Pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family. Pulses grow in pods and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Pulses are annual crops that yield between one and 12 grains or seeds. The term “pulses” is limited to crops harvested solely as dry grains, which differentiates them from other vegetable crops that are harvested while still green.

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You probably already eat more pulses than you realize! Popular pulses include all varieties of dried beans, such as kidney beans, lima beans, butter beans and broad beans. Chick peas, cowpeas, black-eyed peas and pigeon peas are also pulses, as are all varieties of lentils.

Staple dishes and cuisines from across the world feature pulses, from hummus in the Mediterranean (chick peas), to a traditional full English breakfast (baked navy beans) to Indian dal (peas or lentils).

Between 2010 and 2013, 173 different countries grew and exported pulses.

Pulses are healthy, nutritious and easy to cook with. Growing pulses also promotes sustainable agriculture, as pulse crops help decrease greenhouse gases, increase soil health, 
and use less water than other crops.

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DID YOU KNOW:

Pulses have a long, rich history. The first evidence of pulses comes from 11,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent, a region in the Middle East which was home to some of the earliest human civilizations.

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Why are they important crops?

Pulses are essential crops for a number of reasons. They are packed with nutrients and have a high protein content, making them an ideal source of protein particularly in regions where meat and dairy are not physically or economically accessible. Pulses are low in fat and rich in soluble fibre, which can lower cholesterol and help in the control of blood sugar. Because of these qualities they are recommended by health organizations for the management of non-communicable diseases like diabetes and heart conditions. Pulses have also been shown to help combat obesity.

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Who should eat pulses?

Everyone can benefit from eating pulses. Pulses are high in fibre, complex carbohydrates and low in fat. These nutrients make pulses an important part of any healthy diet and can help maintain a healthy weight.

Pulses have additional benefits for people who:

  • Are overweight
  • Have diabetes
  • Have high blood cholesterol levels
  • Tend to be constipated
  • Have celiac disease
  • Are vegetarians

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Pulses are very high in fibre. They contain both soluble and insoluble fibres. Soluble fibre helps lower blood cholesterol levels, while insoluble fibre helps with digestion as well as maintaining regular bowel movements. Fibre-rich foods like pulses are often more filling than other foods, helping to keep you full until your next meal.
Make sure to drink enough water when adding high fibre foods like pulses to your diet!

Everything that glitters is not GOLD!!

Ever wondered how those pulses got their sheen? Well, before getting to the stores these pulses undergo a multi-step process of polishing that involves processing with water, oil, marble powder and leather. The process not only smoothen the surface, but also adds a shiny coating.

Polished dal versus Unpolished Dal

  1. Having lost its outer surface polished dal is inferior to unpolished dal in their taste.
  2. For the same reason polished dal takes longer to cook, thus adding to fuel consumption in a long run.
  3. The polishing agents used can be harmful to our health. The oil coating adds additional fat to the food, the water used comes from unreliable sources thus can contain any kind of impurities, and marble and soapstone powder are undoubtedly harmful to the intestines.
  4. Through the polishing process dal loses a lot of nutrients and fibres, thus polished is not only less nutritious but also harmful.
  5. In cases where dal isn’t sold for a long time, old stocks are usually sent back for re-polishing and then resold. Imagine what such a food would do to your health.

So after knowing what can be beneficial & what can be harmful for your health, you sure must be planning to adapt to the unpolished one’s. So you must even be wondering how & where you can buy them? Don’t worry, here’s the solution. You can buy them online here. You don’t even need to get out of your home, you can just get them to your door step. Checkout a few of the variants that are available online here:-

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This dal is full of Vitamin A, B, C and E and many minerals, such as calcium, iron and potassium. It is often advised by dieticians to replace fatty foods with Moon dal as it is a weight loss food that is rich in proteins and fibre, so one feels fuller after having a bowl of dal for a long time and curbs your cravings. Along with weight loss, moon dal it also benefits the metabolism, immune system and protects against fatal diseases.

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This Tur Dal is very nutritious and has numerous health benefits due to, way it is grown ie it is grown on barren land on mountains slope so that plant absorb all mineral present in mointainous soil . It cures cough, poisoning effect, gas troubles, acidity, stomach pain and piles. It makes a balanced meal, quells swelling of internal organs. It is useful in the treatment of internal organ swelling.

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Chitra rajma is grown in the foothills of Himalayas. They are known as Chitra or picturesque because of the intricate shading/design on these beans. These beans are very famous and special in Kashmiri cuisine. They better then the regular rajma and very soft texture and more subtle taste. These are white in color.

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Deccan Organic Chana dal is high in fibre and helps to lower cholesterol. Apart from having a great taste, it also has a very low glycemic index, which is important for those with diabetes.Chana dal is a helpful source of zinc, folate, calcium and protein. So we ensure that our chana Dal is unpolish so that it retain its naturally occuring mineral and rich in flavour and aroma.

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Urad dal, also known as white lentil or black lentil is a kind of bean that is grown in the southern parts of Asia. It is native to India where its cultivation is highly valued due to is numerous benefits. The black lentil is boiled and consumed whole or ground into paste or flour. It is extensively utilized in various culinary preparations such as dosa, papad and vada.

So here is a delicious DIY recipe which i think everyone will surely want to try:

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MIXED PULSES CURRY / DAL

Ingredients:

2 cups Mixed pulses – white and black chana / chickpeas, moong / whole green gram, rajma / kidney beans, dried chawali /blackeyed beans, white and green peas – soaked overnight. Pressure cook with 1/2tsp of turmeric powder till one whistle goes off and then reduce the flame and cook for another 10 minutes. Pulses should be soft.

To grind:

  • 1 tbsp chopped Onion
  • 1/4 inch Ginger – chopped
  • 1 Garlic – chopped
  • 6Green chili – chopped
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 tblsp Coriander leaves

To cook:

  • 1 ½ medium Onion – sliced
  • 1 medium Tomato – chopped
  • 1 tsp Dhania / Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Haldi /Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp Lime juice

Directions:

Grind the garlic, ginger, onion, cumin seeds, green chilies and coriander leaves to a paste. Keep aside.
Heat some oil in a pan, and then add the sliced onions. Fry till it is almost golden brown.
Then add the green paste. Fry for another 2 minutes. Now add the tomato and fry till the oil separates.
Add the coriander powder. Fry for another 2 minutes. Now add the cooked pulses and water.
When it comes to a boil add the Garam Masala powder. Boil for another 2 minutes. Pour the lime juice and take off the gas.
Garnish with coriander leaves and some chopped onions.
Serve with rotis

Discover a tasty, nutritious and versatile food…pulses, enjoyed by many cultures around the world for centuries.

 


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Body Lotions Vs Body Butters

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Nowadays there are so many different kinds of products available in the market for the skin, there are body lotions, body butters, moisturizers, body salt, etc,etc.. all have different benefits & different uses. They all look so promising that it confuses us what to buy & what not.

So let’s compare between a Body Lotion & Body Butter:

Ever wondered what the difference is between body butter and body lotion? Maybe you’re not sure which one to reach for with your skin type. And with so many DIY recipes and products available, which one do you need?

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Body Lotions:-

Body lotions and creams are counted and regarded as cosmetic and beautification products which enhance and improve the skin conditions and texture. These are usually applied by the people who have skin concerns and issues and by those who want to keep their skin healthy and nourished as well.

Body lotions can be effectual and efficient for any skin condition you can imagine. These work well with any sort of blemishes, wrinkles or acne. You can also apply these during winters for a perfect moisturized and balanced skin condition. Body lotions have a wide variety and range for the selection. You can select anyone from the synthetic ones to the natural or organic ones; it totally depends on your mood and preference.

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Body Butters:-

Body butter is a skin moisturizer that typically contains cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil or another vegetable-based oil. It’s thicker than lotions and is extra effective at rejuvenating dry skin, whether used all over or only on problem patches, such as elbows and knees. The best time to apply body butter is just after your daily shower to lock in moisture and keep your skin hydrated all day

Body butter is type a nourishing moisturizer that provides long-lasting hydration to the skin. Unlike body lotion, body butter has a distinctive whipped texture. If you think body butter is the same as your average lotion, you’re wrong.

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Body Butter are further available in different flavors. A few are listed below:

  • Kokum Butter.
  •  Mango Butter.
  • Olive Butter.
  • Hemp Seed Butter.
  • Shea Butter.
  • Almond Butter
  • Cocoa Butter

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Useful Tip

Body butters are particularly valuable in dry winter weather to provide a protective layer against the wind and cold.

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The Difference between Body Butter and Body Lotion:

Body lotion and butter work the same way, they hydrate the skin. The difference between the two are the ingredients.

Body lotion contains more water, some are made up of 70% water. While body lotion provides ample moisture, it does so temporarily. This means you have to apply the product several times in order to prevent dryness.

On the other hand, body butter is composed of essential oils and nut butter. The ingredients are humectants, emollient substances that trap and lock in moisture. The product will condition and nourish the skin. The texture itself is much thicker than lotion. When used regularly, body butter will hydrate the skin like nothing else.

A body butter is best used during cooler climates. The thicker, more emollient texture could be too heavy during warm, humid season.

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  • Body Lotion Benefits

Lotion is a plentiful commodity found in most homes. Lotions rely upon a combination of oil and water bound together through the use of an emulsifier. Whether it’s a moisturizing lotion to relieve dry skin or a medicated lotion, such as calamine lotion, it tends to go on smoothly, absorb quickly, and leave no greasy residue.

  • Body Butter Benefits

Body butter generally includes three basic ingredients: shea butter, a vegetable oil, and coconut oil or butter. There are different types of body butter as well. You can choose from whipped, waxless and even a bar-type. The whipped butter usually includes beeswax, which makes the formula harder to absorb but longer lasting, while the waxless and bar-type are more easily absorbed into the skin. Body butters are thicker than lotion and tend to leave a film on the surface of the skin.

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  • Which to Choose

The fact that most body butters use shea butter, an all-natural, healing vitamin A cream, makes them ideal for skin damaged by dryness, wind or chapping. A body butter will provide superior, longer-lasting emollients, making it the choice when dry skin also needs intense moisture and healing. If added moisture is all that is necessary, a lighter, more easily absorbed lotion would be adequate.

There are a few organic body lotions & body butters available online in India. Choose from the below:

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Da Yogis Cocoa Body Butter 200 ml: Amazingly effective Body butter for all skin types. Jojoba oil (pronounced HoHoBa) has antibacterial properties & acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, soothing the tired skin. The pleasant fragrance from Coca Butter & high skin nourishing properties make this an all-round product for all seasons, skin types.

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Natural Bath and Body Wild Orchid Body Butter 200 ml: This heavenly brew of carefully selected natural butters can quench the thirst of even the most severely dry skin. Its rich, moisture-binding blend of  Cocoa butter, Shea butter & Mango butter easily penetrates the skin, replenishes its natural oils and seals in the moisture.

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Tvam Body Lotion – Ylang-Ylang – All Skins, 200 ml: The Ylang-Ylang oil softens and balances the moisture in your skin. The Wheat Germ Oil is rich in Vitamin E like Almond Oil, promotes the renewal of normal new skin cells, helps in moisturizing the skin and reverses the effects of wrinkling. Safflower and Sunflower oils are also moisturizing and nourishing to the skin.

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Vegetal Body Moisturising Lotion: Vegetal Body Moisturising Lotion is specially formulated for dry and extra dry skin, this moisturizing lotion has a unique combination of natural bio-active extracts that possess outstanding humectants and moisturizing properties keeping the skin smooth, soft & supple.

There could be hundreds of body butter & body lotions out there, which one’s the right for you? When it comes to choosing for the skin, we recommend going for the organic, all-natural kinds.