Ragi is considered as the power house of nutrients. Ragi is and annual plant and is used widely in African and Asia. This cereal is also widely used in Namma ooru Karnataka. The early known cultivation of Ragi is in Hallur region of Karnataka in later iron age. The term ragi is originally from Karnataka for the finger millet. Ragi , caracan millet, African finger millet or finger millet are all same
The initial step to prepare Ragi Laddu is to take the finger millets and clean them properly so that it is devoid of any impurities.
Then in a pan dry roast the finger millet for approximately 5 minutes. Keep the finger millet stirring so that it will not be burnt. Keep aside and let it cool. (You may have to wash them with water to remove and dirt and dry them before roasting.)
Put the roasted finger millet into a mixer grinder jar and grind them into powder.
Take the jaggery ball/bar and grate it using a grater.
You can also add sugar instead of Jaggary. If you are using sugar make a fine powder of it (using a mixer grinder) and keep aside.
In a bowl, add the finger millet powder, grated jaggery or sugar and cardamom powder. Mix it properly
As an option you can add roasted dry fruit powder or small pieces of dry fruits in to it.
In a pan, add ghee and heat.
Add the heated ghee in to the above mix, little by little and properly mix. Add more ghee if necessary so that the powder needs to be molded into balls for ladoo.
Grease your hand with ghee and make small balls of the above powder mixed with ghee.
Garnish with badam or pistachio nuts by sticking it on the ladoo.
Ragi Laddu is ready
Keep it in an air tight container in case you need to store it.
Ragi Laddu is a good snack for kids or for serving guests. You can use dry coconut pieces, sesame seeds also for a better taste.
Benefits of Ragi
#1 Ragi has high protein content #2 Ragi is a rich source of mineral such as phosphorus, potassium, iron and Calcium #3 Ragi controls diabetes #4 Ragi has anti-microbial properties #5 Ragi has anti-cancer potential #6 Ragi keeps you young #7 Ragi reduces “bad” cholesterol, prevents cardiovascular disease
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