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 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.
- 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.