Ragi is super healthy food for babies and growing children as it is loaded with essential nutrients and minerals. Many pediatricians suggest introducing ragi as a first food to the baby from 6 months. Homemade Sprouted Ragi Powder is the best choice for small babies as store bought ragi may be contaminated, which results in allergy or loose motion in babies. Get more information about introducing ragi to babies here.
Now Let’s check how to make this simple ragi porridge for babies & toddlers with sprouted ragi flour.
- Sprouted Ragi Flour - 2 tbsp
- Dates powder/dates syrup - 1 tsp (optional)
- Homemade Ghee - ½ Tsp
- Water - ¾ cup
- Sterilize the bowls and spoons used for feeding your baby in a vessel with hot water for five minutes and keep it immersed in the same vessel until use.
- Keep all the ingredients ready. Add 2 tbsp of ragi into a pan. Then add ¾ cup of water to it.
- Mix it well with a whisk so that no lumps are formed. Add ½ tsp of ghee.
- Cook the ragi in low, medium flame for 5 minutes or until the ragi gets cooked entirely and becomes shiny. Stir it continuously while cooking otherwise it may stick to the vessel. Once it is cooked add dates powder (if using).
- Mix well. Cook it further for 2-3 minutes with continuous stirring. Switch off the flame once done.
Here is the video recipe for how to make sprouted ragi porridge for babies and toddlers
- Feed more water to the baby when giving ragi. Otherwise, it might cause constipation.
- You can add formula milk once the porridge is warm.
- Make sure to cook the ragi thoroughly before serving to baby. If it is undercooked, it may cause loose motion.
- For babies above one year, you can use cows milk instead of water.
- Generally, homemade ragi powder doesn’t cause any allergies, but check for symptoms and stop feeding your baby if you find any.
- Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.