Ragi also known as the Finger Millet or Nachni is a widely grown cereal in Africa and Asia, one of those healthier options that needs to be included in our balanced diet. Ragi or finger millet is called a Super Cereal owing to its quality of nutrition especially a powerhouse of nutrition for people who are diabetic and are looking for Indian Diabetic Recipes.
Ragi as a cereal is high in proteins, especially methionine which is low in a vegetarian diet. Finger millet has 5-30 folds of proteins when compared to the other popular cereals. Ragi has phytochemicals which fight to regulate diabetes, antioxidants and collagen to delay aging and keeping our skin supple and internal organs young. Because of its low glycemic index, it helps reduce food cravings and slows down absorption of starch, thus helps in regulating the blood sugar for diabetic.
Ragi is also high in calcium, iron and vitamin C which is important for iron absorption. Finger millet also has properties that increase good cholesterol for a healthy heart.Inclusion of ragi will lead to a rich fibre diet that aids in easy digestion and the tryptophan in it curbs appetite and helps in weight reduction.
Ragi, when had in moderate quantities can work a miracle with all these qualities to increase strength and longevity. Now you know why our ancestors in India had strapping physique despite a lack of manufactured fortified foods.
Below are delicious recipes of Ragi that you can have for breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner & enjoy a Indian Diabetic Meal! There is a lot of diabetic recipes we can make from Ragi and most importantly they are delicious to eat as well. Almost every dish we make, can have some Ragi included into it either in the form of Ragi flour, or you can soak and grind it into a batter and use it accordingly.