Ragi Porridge - for babies

Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
2-3 persons

Ragi is a variety of millets rich in calcium and iron. Here’s a recipe for making a simple recipe with the highly nutritious ragi- ragi porridge! It is ideal to be used as a natural, first-food for babies. It is a great alternative to processed instant foods. The method used here is the conventional method which takes a bit more time as it requires sprouting. However, it is higher in nutrition and easy to digest.

Prepare the porridge with some simple variations like ginger, cinnamon to a healthy breakfast option for adults or as a light meal when wanting to give a break to your digestive system.

Wellcure Tip: The sprouted ragi powder needed for this recipe can be prepared beforehand and stored. It stores well for many months.

  • Sprouted ragi powder: 3 tsp
  • Water: ½ - 1 cup
  • Jaggery powder - as per taste
  • Coconut milk: ¼ cup (optional)

Pre-preparation: to make sprouted ragi powder

  • Wash the ragi well and soak it for 10 hours.
  • Drain the water, wash and drain again and tie the ragi in a clean cotton cloth for sprouting.
  • Let it sprout in a warm, dark place. This may take a day or two.
  • Now spread out the ragi and let it dry in the shade on a clean cloth.
  • Make sure it is completely dry. Now it is ready for roasting.
  • Take a thick bottomed pan and dry roast the ragi in small batches.
  • Roast till it is just warm taking care not to burn it.
  • Let the ragi cool and then powder it fine in a mixie.
  • Use a fine mesh cloth or a small holed sieve and sieve the ragi to get fine powder.
  • Store the ragi powder in an airtight container for further use

Preparing the porridge:

  • Take ragi powder in a pot. Mix with water well so there are no lumps.
  • Cook on a medium flame while continuously stirring. Wait till the porridge thickens.
  • Add jaggery as per taste and mix well.
  • The mixture can be watered down as per needs with a little coconut milk.

Wellcure Tip: add some extra water as porridge tends to thicken after some time. A pinch of cardamom powder can be added for extra flavour.

No time for sprouting! Use ragi flour instead - try the Instant Ragi Porridge!

Eating guide

  • Food group: Millets
  • Millets are gluten free, rich in fibre and high on nutritional value. They are a good option to add variety to your meals or when you want to go grain free.

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