Ragi Kheer – delicious and healthy pudding/kheer made with finger millet aka ragi flour, milk, dry fruits and nuts. Its a rich yummy tasting kheer made with ragi and its one of the good way to include ragi in kids diet. The addition of milk, dry fruits and nuts make this ragi kheer more healthy. Do give a try once and am sure you will thank me enough! Ragi kheer can be given to babies from 8 months as a quick dessert once in a while, but make sure to add powdered nuts instead of whole nuts while preapring this ragi kheer for babies below two years. Check some more recipes with ragi for babies and kids here.
Ragi Kheer Recipe for Babies, Toddlers and Kids | Nachni Kheer
- Ragi Flour - 1/4 cup
- Figs - 2
- Dates -4
- Almonds - 5
- Cashews -5
- Pistachios -5
- Powdered cardamom - 1/4 tsp
- Saffron - a pinch optional
- Milk -1.5 cups
- Hot Water - 1.5 cups
- Ghee/Clarified Butter - 3 tbsp + 1tsp
- Powdered palm Jaggery or jaggery or brown sugar - 2-3 tbsp optional
- Keep all the ingredients ready. Measure brown sugar or jaggery (if using) and keep aside. Melt jaggery and strain water if using jaggery with impurities. Take a pan and add a tsp of ghee, roast the cashews, almond and pistachios for a minute. Remove from the pan once done and set aside.
- Soak dates and fig in warm water for 15 minutes, Then grind them in a blender to a smooth paste with the water used for soaking the figs and dates.
- In a pan, add the remaining ghee and the ragi flour, Saute the ragi flour in ghee for 5 minutes or until nice aroma comes.
- Then add hot water little by little. Mix well without any lumps. Now cook everything in a low flame for 5 minutes or until the ragi gets cooked well and the kheer becomes thick and shiny. Stir it continuously otherwise it gets stick to the bottom.
- Once the ragi is cooked, add milk(for babies above one year) and cook it further for 5 minutes.*For babies below one year, skip this step.
- Then add powdered cardamom, ground dates fig paste and powdered jaggery or brown sugar (if using) .Mix well and cook it further for 2-3 minutes. Finally add ghee roasted nuts and saffron (if adding). Once done, switch off the flame.* For babies below one year, add 2 tsp of nuts powder instead of whole nuts. also add formula milk once the kheer is warm.
- Add hot water little by little and Stir it continuously while cooking in order to avoid lumps prevent the bottom from burning.
- The ragi kheer becomes thick after cooling down, add warm milk or water to adjust the consistency while serving.
- Make sure that the ragi flour is completely cooked and raw smell leaves.
- Make sure that your baby is not allergic to any nuts before you add to this kheer.
- Skip milk for babies below one year. Cook it only with water, add breastmilk or formula milk once the kheer is warm.
- You can use any sweetener of your choice.
- Avoid whole nuts for small babies and use nuts powder instead.
- Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.
- This ragi kheer becomes thick when cooled down. So switch off the flame accordingly.
- Avoid sweetener for babies below one year. The sweetness from dates and figs are sufficient.