Friday, March 5, 2010

Ragi Idli(Steamed Finger Millet Dumplings)


Finger millet/Ragi is an important staple food in parts of eastern and central Africa and India.

Ragi is praised for its unique diet for reducing weight (least fat containing grain) and also good for diabetes ,

hyper cholesterol and triglycerides. It is one of the most healthy foods due to to its rich content of nutrients.

Finger millet is especially valuable as it contains the amino acid methionine, it is also rich in iron and phosphorus.

Finger millet has high fibre content and the highest calcium content among all the food grains.

Generally, the whole grains are important sources of B-complex vitamins, which are mainly concentrated in

the outer bran layers of the grain.

Preparation Time – 25 Minutes

Cooking Time – 30 Minutes

Serves – 4 to 5


White Urad Dal –1/2 Cup

Ragi Flour – 1 1/4 Cup

Salt – 2 Tsp or more to taste



1) Rinse and drain Urad dal till you get a clear water. Now soak in enough water for 2-3 hours.

2) Using a blender grind the urad dal adding the soaked water little by little till you get a smooth fluffy batter.

3) Mix the Urad dal batter, Ragi flour and Salt and mix them thoroughly.

4) Leave it over night for the batter to ferment nicely, on cold winter days switch on the oven light and leave

the batter inside the oven overnight. The heat from the light will make the batter to ferment.

5) Now use cooking spray and grease the idli plates, thoroughly combine the fermented batter and pour the batter

in the greased plates and steam them for 15 minutes on medium heat in a pressure cooker or pan till they are cooked.

9) Serve hot with sambar, the Ragi Idlis taste best when they are hot.


Vidya lakshmi said...

wow I'm gonna try this...:)

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