Ragi Or Finger Millet Powder/ Malt Recipe for Babies 6 Months & Above
A healthy Ragi or Nachni Powder/malt that can be used for preparation of porridge for babies or even added to dosa batters to make it a nutritious meal for adults
A simple and healthy ragi malt /powder that is a perfect baby and toddler beginners food. Ragi is great source of iron, protein and calcium and helps build the baby's bones. Ragi or finger millet is extremely nutritious - it is gluten-free, low in fat, and the food prepared from it is easily absorbable and digestible by baby/toddler bodies. Ragi porridge is one of the best baby weaning foods and is best introduced after 6 months of age.
Ragi also known as finger millet or nachni is one of the many grains that has made a come back in the recent years and regarded as the most healthiest form of whole grain. A whole grain is a grain that contains the bran, germ and endosperm while refined grains are processed and only the endosperm remains. Ragi is a crop that can be grown in the harshest of weathers and therefore a perfect grain for the Indian subcontinent.
Note: One serving is 2 tablespoons of Ragi Powder. To make one cup of porridge for your baby, 2 tablespoons of Ragi Powder would be the suggested quantity.
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- 1 cup Sprouted Ragi
How to make Ragi Or Finger Millet Powder/ Malt Recipe for Babies 6 Months & Above
To begin making Ragi Powder/malt, you have to sprout the Ragi seeds first. Here's How you sprout Ragi Seeds.
Once the process of sprouting is completed, transfer the sprouted Ragi to a plate and dry it in shade. This process of drying the Ragi seeds will take at least 4-5 hours.
Once the ragi has dried, roast the ragi seeds on a pan on low flame for 5 minutes. Roasting helps bring out the nutritive value of Ragi.
Let the roasted ragi sprouts cool. Once cooled grind to make a fine powder in a mixer grinder.
Take the powder out of mixer jar and pass it through a sieve so that only fine grain passes through.
Store this Ragi powder in an airtight container and use for up to 3 months.