Ragi is a healthy grain and nutritious food for babies. It's known as finger millet in English, ragi in Kannada, nachni in Marathi & Gujarati, mandika in Hindi, panji pullu in Malayalam, ragulu in Telugu, Marwa in Bengali & Nepali and kelvaragu or Keppai in Tamil. Check more information about giving ragi to babies and kids with the nutritional information of ragi.
Health Benefits of Ragi to baby:
- It is rich in calcium hence strengthen the bones.
- Rich in dietary fiber so helps in healthy weight gain.
- Cures anemia as rich in iron.
- It has proteins & minerals, easily digestible for babies.
Advantage of soaking and sprouting Ragi:
Though soaking and sprouting the ragi takes a lot of time, it is highly recommended for babies and toddlers. Here is the advantage of the same: Soaking and sprouting help to absorb iron content as the level of Vitamin C increased during the process. Also sprouted ragi is easily digestible for babies and increase the nutritional values.
When to introduce ragi to babies & how to cook ragi
Ragi can be given to babies age six months plus after introduced with few veg or fruit purees and rice. Please check this how to make ragi porridge for babies. Begin with 1 tablespoon of cooked ragi porridge and check whether the baby shows an allergic reaction. Check it for three days, and if the baby is not allergic to it, you can increase the amount gradually. For toddlers above one year, ragi porridge can be made with milk. You can also make ragi dosa for toddlers.
Recipes to Try with this Sprouted Ragi Flour
- Ragi Porridge (6 Months+)
- Ragi Apple Halwa (6 Months+)
- Instant Ragi Dosa (8 Months+)
- Ragi Pancakes (8 Months+)
- Ragi Kheer (1 Year+)
- Ragi Puttu (1 Year+)
- Ragi Rava Idli (8 Months+)
- Ragi Idli (8 Months+)
- Ragi Kozhukattai (1 Year+)
- Ragi ButterMilk (1 Year+)
- Ragi Cookies (1 Year+)
- Ragi Muffins (1 Year+)
- Ragi Cake (1 Year+)
Sprouted Ragi Powder for Babies | How to make Sprouted Ragi flour For Babies at Home
- Ragi seeds - 1.5 cups
- 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 mud 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. The color of the ragi will be changed after soaking.
- Then drain the water completely. Transfer the drained ragi to a clean white cloth or cheesecloth for sprouting. Place the cheesecloth with ragi in a colander.
- Tie it up with all four corners and keep it undisturbed for another 12 hours for sprouting. After 12 hours, open the cloth carefully. You could see the tiny sprouts in ragi. Transfer the sprouted ragi to a plate and sun dry it for 12 hours.
- After sun drying the ragi, dry roast the ragi in a pan in low flame for 5 minutes or until it's toasted. Remove from the pan and cool it down.
- Take the roasted ragi to a dry mixer jar and blend it to a smooth powder. Sieve the powder well. Cool it down and store in an airtight container.
- You can store this sprouted ragi powder in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator. It stays well 2 to 3 months.
- Sprouted ragi would have tiny sprouts. If you can't see the small sprouts, sprinkle little water and sprout it for another couple of hours or more.
- Make sure you cool down thoroughly after roasting & blending. Otherwise, it will let out moisture.
- You can also grind the ragi in mill if you're preparing larger quantities.
- If grinding at home, do it in intervals to avoid overheating of the blender.
- Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.
When to keep ragi under sun dry?
What if there is not access to sunlight? Can it be air dried under fan?
yes under fan or shade or even in the oven with just lights on
Hi.. My baby is 6 months old....the flour is to be sieved in a normal fine mesh sieve or a muslin cloth.
Normal fine mesh sieve would do
Thank you for sharing your method.. I used a normal mesh (finest available) and the brown husk pieces did come down from the sieve..If I used a fine cloth then this would not come down.. My question is is it ok for this brown powdered husk to be present in the final powder?
Repeat sieving 2 to 3 times until the flour is husk free.
Hi..Thank you so much for all the recipes, I am a diligent follower of your food blog. My baby will be 7 months soon and I have started this ragi porridge for him. But I am not able to get the proper consistency for porridge with this powder.. it's like all powder deposits at bottom and watery stuff on top
I am pro at making it the other way by soaking overnight and grinding next day but that won't give me benefit that I get from sprouts.
May be my water to powder ratio is wrong? Can you tell me how to prepare it with powder?
Am glad you like my recipes:) if the ragi powder is settling at the bottom you may have added more water to cook. Try to reduce the water amount and see (try with 2 tbsp of ragi 3/4 cup to 1 cup of water) .Once the ragi is cooked and porridge consistency is reached, switch off. Later you can adjust the thickness by adding water/milk if it is too thick. Hope it helps!
So we should make the regular porriadge with malted Ragi ?
Any ragi powder you can use to make ragi porridge , the method is same!
Thank you for your technique And recipes
One cup means how much ml approximately
Will sprouted ragi powder get spoiled if kept more than 3 months? I feel using personal grinder Is more hygienic. Don’t husk has some nutritional value?
I use standard US Cup measurements. 250 ml. Store the sprouted ragi powder in an airtight container and use dry spoon always. Store in refrigerator if the weather is humid. Yes, the husk has nutritional value, and you can use a personal grinder if it is affordable.
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Thanks Kavita:) Glad you found our recipes useful!
Thank you for such healthiest recipes. I used a fine cotton cloth to sieve the powder. Now should we trash the thick leftover powder though i grinded it several times.
use a fine sieve instead of cloth ...
Hi thank you for the useful tips. Here in my place winter is started and is it ok to dry the sprouted ragi in fan or is there any option.
yes you can dry it inside the room and dry roast in a pan..if you get sunlight
Thank u for ur reply, then i will try to dry inside room. I would like to Thank u for ur website which is very useful for new mommies.
glad you found our website useful!
Can I add almonds and chaswenuts powder to do mix my baby is 15 months old
yes you can add
can i extract ragi milk from this sprouted ragi and make porridge for my baby (6 month old). if so, is it possible to store the sun dried sprouted ragi in fridge? will it affect its nutrition content..?
Yes you can take milk from sprouted whole ragi and you can store the sprouted ragi in refrigerator.. but not sure how long it stays good
i followed ur method to sprout ragi..seeing that tiny sprouts in ragi was an awesome moment....thanks for ur well detailed post ...:)
Most welcome and Yes its a treat to eyes:)
I do not get sunlight where I live....is there any other option? Can I dry it under the fan n then roast it?
yes, you can dry under a fan or keep it in an oven with just light on.
Can v soak ragi for more than 12hours.....if v soak more than 12hours it will be any issues.....
it might give a bad odor if soaked for more than 12 hours. also there is a chance that it may get spoiled.
Can v use that I tied n ketp tiny sprouts r der.....not much v can use it na
if no bad odor, you can use it.
Hi, I made ragi powder at home, but I can still see some small ragi particles after cooking it, what should I do to make it more fine and also my baby's poop has rahi particles, so is it normal?
Sieve it two to three times and see.
also, make sure to cook the ragi powder at least for ten mins. undigested foods come out in poop and its common in the first few months as the baby's digestive system isn't fully developed.
I have prepared this sprouted Ragi powder.. But while cooking once it reaches thick consistency it is releasing water and not able to get porridge consistency again.. Please let me know what can I do
Homemade ragi powder porridge will not become thick like pudding and will be in slightly thick consistency. Try to reduce the water amount and see (try with 2 tbsp of ragi 3/4 cup to 1 cup of water). Once the ragi is cooked, and porridge consistency is reached, switch off. Later you can adjust the thickness by adding water/milk if it is too thick. Hope it helps!
RJ Priya Jaisinghani
I made sprouted ragi powder at home but i dint cook the sprouted ragi before blending. Although, i did dry ragi for almost a week. Is it ohk to feed this to my baby?
Also Mam, i could see that it is not thickening as it used to with readymade ragi cerelac.
Please put some knowledge on this.
You can dry roast the ragi flour and use. Liquid consistency is normal with homemade ragi powder. Try reducing water next time while cooking.
Does ragi cause cold?as my baby's weight is less and ragi is a gud weight gaining food I'm little afraid to introduce to my baby.Need your advice.
No. ragi won't cause cold to all babies. check with your baby by giving a small quantity and decide
Its a great pleasure and thankful to have ur website for me... Clean and very good explanations of receipes u make, im having 5 month old baby girl so im waiting for another one month to complete, so that i can start solids for her from 7month starting by seeing yr useful receipes... Thanks a lot mam...
With lots of love,
Thanks a lot, Revathi, for your lovely feedback 🙂 you can start solid once your baby completes six months (180 days). Start with veg or fruit purees. Slowly move to soft mashed foods by a month or so. Banana, apple, carrot, pumpkin are great first foods. Next chikku, papaya, beets, bottle gourd, rice porridge, ragi porridge, etc. one meal a day will do for six months. Avoid salt, sugar, and honey until one year. For more healthy baby food options check this link: https://gkfooddiary.com/homemade-baby-food-recipes-easy-indian/
For the complete information on solids and month-wise food charts, check here:
Do let me know if any questions.
Yamini Divya Kaveti
Hi, I tried this. I soaked the ragi for a bit more than 12 hours and then tied in a cheese cloth. I waited for 2 to 3 days, but did not get any sprouts for my ragi. What could be the reason. Also, I sprinkled some water the 2nd day.
Ragi doesn't sprout if it is not of good quality or soaked enough, or the climate is wet or rainy season.
Thanks for detailed post, will try this way. When I tried last time, I didn't see sprouts even after 2 days. Not sure why. I have got parboiled ragi millets. Will that be the reason?
yes parboiled ragi won't sprout much
Thanks Kalyani for the reply. If I see no sprouts, is it ok to proceed with rest of process and give to baby. My baby is 10months old.
yes can proceed
Thanks for the recepies, I tried ragi halwa with apple and my 6 month baby loved it. My question is about seiveing the grinded powder..
My understanding is that husk left over after seive has lot of nutritional values, and therefore I would not like to do it.
Therefore I want to know if there are reasons why the flour has to be seived??
if you grind the powder finely with a good a quality blender or mill, sieveing won't remove the husk
Hello Kalyani, i tried making this powder but for some reason the powder did not come out as your's - it still looks like ragi seeds in powder form and that did not cook at all. it remained separate from water after cooking for 25 minutes. what could be the problem? thanks for responding!
You need a powerful blender to grind ragi at home; also, you should do it intervals, and it takes 10 to 15 mins in total to grind fine. you can opt for mil if you couldn't grind fine at home
Hi Kalyani.. Your Receipes are awesome.. I’m a working & sometimes I’m running short of time.. I wanted to know Can I use ready made Nachni Flour available at grocery stores of The brand Bavarchi..then seive the flour & store the husk for making porridge.. My Son is going to be 11Months old in a few days.. Also can I Use blended almonds / dry dates powder in the ragi porridge if yes plz telme what should be ratio of almonds / dry dates to ragi powder to feed him at a time.. Lastly which ready made flour of organic Sattvic would you recommend..
yes you can use readymade flour. you can use 2-3 almonds and 1/2 tsp od dry dates pwoder