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 (after six months) to the baby, as it's prepared directly from whole ragi seeds by soaking and extracting milk, which is husk free. You can prefer this ragi porridge when you don't have time to make the ragi porridge using homemade sprouted ragi powder. Also, check my Porridge recipe collections for six month plus Babies
Ragi Porridge for Babies with Whole Ragi Seeds | Finger Millet Milk Porridge Recipe
- 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 dirt.
- 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 color 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 cheesecloth. Squeeze out the liquid entirely 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 you like to add sweetener. Switch off the flame once done.
Here is the video of how to make ragi milk porridge for baby
- Squeeze out and extract the milk slowly so that you get the milk entirely and no husk.
- If you forgot to soak the ragi overnight, 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 your 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, you 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 sweetener at least till one year, Add minimal amount than mentioned or prefer sweet tasting fruits/vegetables like apple, banana, carrot, etc. or dry fruits like dates or raisins.
Thanks kalyani for great recipe.i want to give ragi to my 2 yrs.old daughter.in ds recipe will iron n calcium remain d same as before filtering it??what else can i add in it to make it solid like thing as my dd is 2 yrs old n doesn't like puree.
I don't wantvto filter out only milk....plz suggest any idea to make whole ragi useful
U can try ragi dosa with whole ragi instead of porridge.. Refer this recipe for making ragi dosa.. Replace ragi flour with whole ragi in the recipe .. Soak it for 2 hours as you do for urad dal...
When I cooked the ragi milk, a lot of lumps got formed even though I constantly stirred it. Do you know why this might happen?
Try doing everything in low flame with constant stirring
Hi lovely method . I tried twice. Can you help me by answering these questions ?
1. Baby slow eater how to ensure the liquid consistency while feeding once cool it becomes like jelly
2. While cooking as soon as it reaches porridge consistency of the heat ? Or continue to cook till it becomes like jelly ?
It should be like pudding consistency when you switch off the flame. While feeding you can adjust with boiled water to adjust the consistency.
Hi, it's very useful . Thanks. I am having 6 months old boy baby. Which one would be better for him?
Ragi porridge by taking milk from soaked ragi or sprouted ragi powder ?
When you introduce ragi for the first time, prefer this ragi porridge (by soaking the seeds and taking milk). Once baby's tummy is adjusted with this porridge , you can give sprouted ragi flour porridge after few weeks.
Haii... Thank you for this recipe... can i add nuts powder also to this recipe ?..
yes you can add nuts powder. but make sure that your baby is not allergic to nuts,
Hi m unable to open the nutritive value box for this recipe.. Can u pls help by providing its nutritional information.. It's a great recipe and my lo loves it.. Thanks
we will try to incorporate nutritional information soon. its approximately 30 calories per serving for this recipe!
Hi... can this ragi milk be stored as baby won't be able to finish it? If yes, upto how many days?
it should be consumed within 6 hours from preparation..
Thank you for this wonderful recipe. However I have a few points to clarify.
I have a 7 month old daughter.
1.Please let me know upto how many days can I store extracted ragi milk (before cooking) in the refrigerator?
2.I tried adding wheat as well to this recipe. Ragi and wheat were combined in 2:1 ratio as ragi alone could be a little coldish for the body. Is 2:1 ratio fine?
Thanks in advance.
1. Its better if you use within 1-2 hours of preparation..prefer making fresh batch everyday
2. i never tried adding wheat to this recipe, guess 2:1 ratio should work fine
Can I give ragi porridge in winter season n she have some cold n cough
It depends on the baby's body type. Give a small amount and see.
I have been giving Ragi poridge for my son by extracting milk from soaked and sprouted ragi.
But from d past two days the poridge is not thickening. It begings to thicken but within a minute it goes back to liquid consistency. What do u think is the reason?
Are you adding any sweetener to the porridge while cooking?