As I have mentioned earlier, Ragi is a healthy food for babies, rich in calcium & Iron. Check here to know more information about ragi and its health benefits. This ragi porridge is ideal when you introduce ragi for the first time (after 6 months) to baby, as it’s prepared directly from whole ragi seeds by soaking and extracting milk, which is husk free. U can prefer this ragi porridge when you don’t have time to make the ragi porridge using homemade sprouted ragi powder.
- Ragi seeds - 1 cup
- Water - to grind
- Measure the ragi seeds using a measuring cup as mentioned in the ingredients table & keep it ready.
- Take ragi in a vessel and wash it by rubbing well with your hands. It has lots of muds so repeat the process 2 to 3 times unless it is clean and get rid of all muds.
- Then soak the ragi in clean water for 12 hours. Keep it covered (with provision to some air to enter) while soaking. After 12 hours, open it. The colour of the ragi will be slightly changed after soaking.
- Then drain the water completely. Transfer the drained ragi to a blender. Add ¼ cup of water to it and blend for 2 minutes.
- Again add ¼ cup of water and grind it till smooth.
- Now extract the ragi milk by straining using a cheese cloth. Squeeze out the milk completely by stirring with your hand. Discard the ragi and collect the milk in a saucepan. Repeat the process if necessary.
- Cook the ragi milk in a saucepan until it becomes thick and reached a porridge consistency. Add jaggery while cooking if u like to add sweetner. Switch off the flame once done.
- Squeeze out and extract the milk slowly so that u get the milk completely and no husk.
- If you forgot to soak the ragi overnight, just soak it in hot water for 3 to 4 hours & continue with the remaining steps.
- Make sure the ragi gets cooked thoroughly.
- Consistency is purely ur choice. Add boiled water to adjust consistency.
- This porridge becomes thick after cooling down so add boiled water to adjust the consistency if needed.
- Adding sweetener is your preference. It tastes good even without that.
- For toddlers, u can add a pinch of salt. It tastes yum.
- Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.
- Offer this porridge plain when you start. Try to avoid jaggery/ palm sugar/ palm jaggery or any kind of sweetener at least till one year, Add very little amount than mentioned or prefer sweet tasting fruits/vegetables like apple, banana, carrot etc or dry fruits like dates or raisins.