Ragi also known as Nachni in Marathi or Finger Millet in English, is a completely Gluten Free superfood. Ragi flour is versatile and can replace your regular flour to make most desserts! Ragi also keeps your blood glucose levels in check, thus making it a valuable addition to a diabetes diet. It is also said to be very cooling for the body. It has high protein, is fibre rich and has good mineral content. Being a fantastic source of natural calcium, these millets help strengthen bones in growing children and restores optimum bone density in older people. Ragi is also a powerhouse of iron and is completely devoid of cholesterol and sodium. Ragi can be consumed without a problem by anyone, except those with kidney complications because of the high calcium content. In that case completely avoid or limit your intake.
Ragi Atta is readily available in India. If you don’t find this flour in your region, you can buy the whole millets and make the flour at home. The easy way would be to simply dry roast the millet seeds in a pan or on a skillet, cool them completely and then grind into a fine flour. The longer method would be to wash, soak and sprout your finger millet, dry and do the same as the first method. The latter is more nutritious.
My first recipe here with Ragi atta is a Ragi Roti which is soft almost like a wheat atta chapati and can be easily packed for lunch too.
1 Cup Ragi Flour
1 Cup Water
- Measure your Ragi Flour. You can use any cup for measurement based on the number of rotis you are planning to make. I use a very small cup to just make 2 Rotis for my husbands tiffin.
- To make your rotis soft, the first trick is to sieve your flour through a steel mesh. The particles that remain in the mesh can be used in your face pack for a scrubbing effect.
- Now what you have is smooth and fine ragi flour.
- In a pan, heat the same amount of water as the flour. Add salt and mix.
- When you start to see bubbles forming, reduce the heat to the lowest and immediately add the sifted flour and mix thoroughly.
- In a few seconds you will see the ragi flour has absorbed the water.
- Add a little Ghee. If you are Vegan, use Coconut Oil.
- Keep mixing. It will come together like a dough. You may notice dough stuck to the bottom of the pan and that’s okay.
- Transfer this to a bowl and start kneading for a minute until you can shape this into a smooth and soft dough. Be careful because it may still be very hot. You can wait till it gets a little cool, more like warm.
- Divide into small balls to roll out into chapatis.
- Flatten the ball slightly into a disk with your hand.
- Now take a plastic sheet or a silicon sheet. Dust it with some ragi flour.
- Place the dough disk in the centre and dust both sides of the dough too with ragi flour.
- With a wooden rolling pin, flatten it out easily. You shouldn’t find any difficulty rolling it out.
- Make this as thin as you can handle.
- On a super hot roti tawa, make sure it’s very hot, place the rolled roti and gently move it around 1-2 times so it doesn’t stick to the bottom.
- Let it cook for a few seconds. Now flip it and move around the roti 1-2 times. Cook for a few more seconds.
- Now flip back and with a cloth or ladle, press the roti from the edges to puff it up.
- Once it looks puffed, you can drizzle a little oil or ghee. This is optional, but if you are packing this for lunch, ghee or oil will ensure it remains soft for a longer duration.
- Eat immediately or cover this in a muslin cloth (recommend this) or aluminium foil to pack for tiffin.
- Enjoy this with any sabji and Raita. Easy Peasy!
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