FINGER MILLET BREAD (RAGI/KURAKKAN BREAD)


Ragi,finger millet,kurakkan( Sinhala ) is a

healthy bread . It was not an easy and good

bake when I did for the first time . The humour

part of the result was that ,even my dog ran

away when I offered him a bite ,it was so hard

and not edible 🤣.Why ?I made it with plain

ragi flour .

Today,I found a recipe with a mixture of wheat

flour and millet flour and the texture and taste

was good .The only change I made was to add

basil leaves and nuts as a topping.

“Failure,is part of Success,not the opposite

( quote ).

I never share recipes ,without achieving a good

result !

Now to the successful recipe 😍

INGREDIENTS

1 cup flour ( 100-125 gm)

3 cups wheat flour

2 tbsp sugar

1 egg ( optional)

2 tsp yeast ( instant)

25 gm butter

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup oil

1 tsp salt

A pinch of baking soda

METHOD

•Warm milk with butter and set aside.

•Add yeast and sugar,to 1/2 cup lukewarm

water and allow to froth. ( 2 minutes)

•Mix all ingredients, in a stand mixer and

knead for 10 minutes ,to a soft and firm dough

•Apply a little oil on the dough,and allow to rise

( 20 minutes )

•After you see it doubled ,knead again for

another 10 minutes .

•Divide into portions you like ,and use a loaf tin

if you like ( I just baked in a silicon mat )

• Spray the bread with water .

• Sprinkle basil leaves , any seeds of your

choice.( I sprinkled sunflower seeds ,and

melon seeds) .

•Sprinkle a little millet flour on top .

• Bake in a 200C preheated oven for 35-40

minutes .

•Do not cut slices immediately or remove from

pan immediately

RAGI-WHEAT STUFFED PARATHA


Ragi or finger millet mixed with wheat flour

tastes much better than using the millet flour

alone in recipes like this .So here’s to another

version of stuffed radish, carrot,and cheese.

Today I made a slight variation by using

roasted curry powder to the fresh and raw

vegetables .No sauté. The addition of vegetables

can be your choice.

The mixture of flour is different in this recipe ,

so do try this healthy recipe, and post your

comments if you have made it .

INGREDIENTS

For the dough

2 cups ragi or finger millet flour

2 cups wheat flour

1 egg

3/4 cup curd

Salt

50 gm butter

METHOD

•Add sufficient water to a bowl ( add 1 cup

first )

•Add the curd,egg,salt to the water,and mix

well.

•Next add the flours,with required water to get

a soft dough .

•Apply butter on the dough and set aside for 10

minutes .

•Now knead again well.

•Divide into portions,roll out thinly,place

stuffing .

•Seal the edges and cook on a griddle on both

sides with a tsp of butter for each paratha.

•If you love more you could add as per your

taste .

For the filling

3 radish peeled and grated

1 carrot grated

1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder

1 tsp roasted curry powder

Grated cheese

Salt to taste

METHOD

•Squeeze out the water from the radish after

washing .

•Add grated carrots cheese and the rest of the

ingredients and mix well.

•Use as stuffing .

Serve with mint chutney or raita !

HORSE GRAM IDDLI


Horse gram or Kollu (Tamil) is a lentil with the

highest form of protein,calcium, iron …,,,,,

Power packed promoting heat and energy, in

your body keeping you vibrant and energetic .

Used as feed, for horses and cattle stock has fat

attacking properties,thus considered good for

Obesity.Insulin level regulator,and many more

to find if you hit the search button.

As ,it provides heat to the body, it is good for

colds and coughs.Due to its heat inducing

properties ,you should either stabilise by other

cooling agents .Sprouted horse gram is good to

be included in salads too. There are many ways

you could include this humble lentil.

Soups,rasam, dosas , chappathi……to add to

the list today my recipe is for kollu iddli.

This is made with the basic iddli mix and pre-

soaked ground gram.

It’s easy to make varieties of iddli and dosa if

you have basic iddli mix always in your fridge .

So without the hassle of soaking for each

variety this is an easy way of having different

iddlis on your table.

INGREDIENTS

Half cup horse gram soaked overnight

3-4 cups of iddli batter

salt to taste

A pinch of baking soda

METHOD

Wash and grind the kollu to a paste .

Add to the batter with salt and a pinch of

baking soda.Mix well and set aside for 10

minutes.

Pour into iddli moulds and steam till done.

Serve with chutneys of your choice.

You could make dosas from the same batter

MILLET DOSA


Millet is gluten free,nutritious grain.The

growing awareness in food has lead to the

recognition of this grain, erasing the context of

‘bird feed’. There are many types of millets and

many types of food innovations to impress the

present generation.

These little grains are powerful

nutrients,which help in relieving coronary

blockages,and improving heart health.

Rich in magnesium helps to control sugar

levels,improves digestion,aids in building

immunity. Enriched with iron,calcium,fibre this

tiny wonder contributes goodness in health.

So,find out many more details what nature

avails, and include in your diets.

Just few hints how millets could be used in

your diets.

*Powdered/ whole made to a Porridge

*Millet Iddli

*Millet Dosai

*Millet rotis

*Millet bread

*Millet in baking biscuits,muffins

*Pancakes

*Pongal ( sweet /salt)

*Uppuma/Khichidi

Today I will be giving you the recipe for Millet Dosa

INGREDIENTS

1 cup urad dal (ulundhu)

1 tsp fenugreek seeds

4 cups any millet of your choice

1/4 cup Sabudana/Sago

A Handful or rice flakes (optional)

METHOD

Soak all the lentils and grain separately.

Please,do wash well and then soak to get good quality dosa.

After 4-6 hours of soaking wash again and grind urad dal and fenugreek first .

Transfer batter and then add the rest of the ingredients and grind fine.

Mix in salt and leave overnight or till batter ferments.

Add 1/4 tsp baking soda,and adjust the consistency with water if the batter is too thick.

The same batter ( without pouring much water) can be used to make iddlis.

Do try this healthy dosa compulsorily and send in your valued comments!

Tip: You could use coconut water to grind the

millets

FLAX SEED RAWA IDDLI


This was the first time I tried flax seed in iddli making.

I usually add flax seed powder to make chappathi,buttermilk, juice breakfast porridges

and sweets.

Flax seed has amazing health and cosmetic benefits so including this in your diet is

positively good.

Briefly pointing to health facts.

*Good for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure

*Controls sugar levels thus good for diabetics

*Helps to kill cancer cells

*Rich in protein and Omega-3 fats

*High levels of VitaminE help in hydrating the skin and hair.

Check for detailed benefits and avail nature’s offers.

Now I think I’ll move on to the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup flax seed powder

1/4 cup ragi flour (kurakkan)

1/4 cup urad dal soaked for 5 hours

1 cup rawa/semolina ( roasted rawa)

1/4 cup curd

A pinch of baking soda

Salt to taste

To temper

1 tsp gingelly oil/ghee

1/4 mustard

1-2 green chillies cut fine

1/2 tsp ginger chopped

Curry leaves.

METHOD

Grind the soaked urad dal to a fine paste.

Mix the rest of the ingredients with 3/4 water .Cover and leave overnight or untill

fermented.

Next day mix the batter adding water if required ( not pouring consistency).

Temper with the ingredients listed for tempering and steam for 8-10 minutes.

Serve with sambhar,chutneys of your choice.

Do try, and post in your comments!

RAGI/KURAKKAN IDDLI


I’m posting this recipe after a very long time.I had an accident in February and

was not able to use my left arm .Many  months I was a stranger in my kitchen.

Now I am travailing to be in full charge by trying to prepare some dish whenever I can.

I tried this Ragi iddli and it turned to be super soft and tasty.(tasted equal to the normal

iddli).So do try this healthy recipe and send in your comments.

Variation:You could add finely chopped vegetables of your choice after pouring the

batter in the moulds.(as the batter should not be stirred well after fermentation)

INGREDIENTS

3 cups whole ragi / kurukkan ( not powder)

3/4 cup urad dal (ulundhu)

1/2 cup aval( rice flakes)

1 cup idli rice

1 tsp salt or to taste.

METHOD

Soak the ragi and idli rice together.

Soak the urad dal separately.

Soak the aval for few minutes (just before you start to grind urad dal.)

After 5-6 hours of soaking, first grind the urad dal to a fine paste.

Now grind the rice,ragi and aval to a coarse paste ( like rawa) with salt.

Mix both the flours together and allow to ferment overnight (maximum 8 hours).

After the batter is fermented,pour the batter (without stirring) into moulds  and steam

till done .

Serve with chutneys of your choice.

You could make Ragi dosas from the same batter.

When making Dosa I suggest you temper with onions/ spring onions,green chillies

or few grated veggies and add to batter before making dosas for added taste.

 

RAGI ‘N’ NUTS LADOO


Ragi ,Finger millet,or Kurakkan is  one nutritious flour which can be consumed in many

ways.It is widely used in porridges,desserts,baking,drink and many more breakfast

dishes.

This millet rich in fibre ,calcium ,good carbs,and Vitamin D is good for weight loss and

diabetes.Even though it has a bland taste it is highly beneficial for those with Vitamin D

deficiency and diabetes.In early times people included this daily in their diets in the

form of light porridges,and drinks.Only few homes in South India follow to consume

daily now. Lifestyle nowadays has paved the way for growing diseases,so it’s advisable to

create the habit of consuming daily this wonder millet in some form .

A light roasting before adding to recipes will enhace the taste.So today my recipe to

share is a healthy and tasty for all ages.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup ragi flour

1 cup treacle or melted jaggery

1/4 cups peanuts dry roasted

1/2 cup almonds powdered coarsely

3/4 tsp.cardamon powder

4 tblsp ghee

1/4 tsp dry ginger powder (optional)

a pinch of salt.

METHOD

Roast the flour in half of the ghee till hot (not burnt).

Mix in the rest of the ingredients and form ladoos.

MILLET ‘N’ RAWA LADOO


This ladoo is made with prosomillet( Pani varagu in Tamil). Millet and millet flour is

more sought after nowadays ,due to its health benefits,and I thought to mix it with

the basic rawa ladoo mix. This time I ground the rawa too, after powdering the millet

and coconut.

So let me take you to the recipe right away!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup semolina

1 cup proso millet

1/2 cup coconut grated

1 cup sugar ( I used candy/Kalkandu powdered)

1/2 cup ghee

Half teaspoon cardamom powder

1/4 tsp dry ginger powder (optional)

1/4 cup khova or milk powder( optional)

METHOD

Heat 2 tblsp ghee and roast the millet first.

When the millet turns light golden, remove from fire and set aside.

Add another spoon of ghee and lightly roast the semolina and coconut.

If you are adding khoya or mawa you can add when adding coconut.If using milk powder

you can add after removing from fire.

Powder the millet first,next add the semolina and coconut mixture and again pulse for 1

-2 seconds .Add the sugar and mix well .Heat the rest of the ghee and lightly fry

cashewnuts and raisins in it and pour over the mixture .Mix well and make ladoos.

If you find the mixture dry to bind ,add a little milk .

This ladoo is a good source of nutrients and energy,so… for those who have no time for breakfast ,can pop 1-2 as a substitute for breakfast.

VENDHAYA IDDLI (FENUGREEK IDDLI)


This is a very healthy dish,and good for diabetic patients mostly.

Venthiam/fenugreek/methi is normally included when grinding batter for the basic

Iddli,but in this recipe it is used more.I got this recipe from a health program,and as

usual made my changes and it really turned out soft and tasty.In fact,this Iddli is very

light on you,easily digestible.As the present trend,is high towards Iddli which is South

Indian ,I can very well endorse that this vendhaya Iddli is  too excellent.

It is advisable to use whole lentils with skin on.(for the extra nutrients ).Convenient food

is never convenient on you.So it’s best to include lot of grains and millets in your diet.

For the recipe now.
INGREDIENTS

1 measure /cup black whole urad dal(ulundu)

1 measure/cup Iddli rice (parboiled rice)

1 measure/cup corn or horse gram

1 measure /cup pearl millet (kambu /bajra )or any available millet.

1/4 measure/cup venthiam/methi/fenugreek

Salt to taste

Coconut water(optional)

METHOD

Soak all these in different bowls for 3-4 hours.Wash the urad dal till most of the skin comes out.

Grind the urad dal finely with the fenugreek seeds.Next add all the other 3 ingredients

together and grind fine with coconut water or water.Mix the batters together with

salt,and allow to ferment for a minimum of 4-5 hours.Mix well,add water if necessary

.Pour into Iddli moulds and steam till done.Serve with sambhar and chutney.

Note:The same batter may be used to make vendhaya dosai .To make dosai you have to add a little more water.

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PROSO MILLET ‘N’CASHEW KATLI


The idea of this recipe came to me when i was watching a health programme,explaining

the benefits of this awesome millet called pani varagu(Tamil)Barri (Hindi).Olden days

man’s diet has been mostly millet based,and these type of rich nutrient grain ,has a

common opinion that millets are a poor man’s crop.After watching this programme, i was

determined to include this millet in my family menus.The maiden intro as a sweet,( all

have a sweet tooth including me).The best news for diet watchers is that this millet is

totally gluten free.

A healthy serving of proso millet daily slows down the aging process as it has

antioxidants,strengthens the nervous system,strengthens the bones,and prevents heart

diseases,prevents formations of gall stones,lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels

and many more.Please surf the internet for more information.

For the recipe now…

INGREDIENTS

1 cup proso millet(powdered)

1 cup cashewnuts (powdered)

1 cup sugar

1/4 tsp.cardamon powder

a few saffron strands mixed with 2-3 tblsp.milk

2 tblsp.ghee

50 gm mawa (optional)

silver vark  3-4(optional)

METHOD

Heat sugar  in a little water(1/8 cup).Add the mawa and keep heating till it bubbles.

Next add ghee (reserve a little to grease later).Add both the flours,with the saffron milk

and cardamon,and cook till you see the mixture leaving the sides of the pan.Remove from

fire and allow to cool .After it is cool, roll the soft dough between two sheets of oil paper

into a thin layer.Press on the vark sheets on the top,and cut into desired shapes.

Note:You can directly powder this millet in a grinder, and grinds very quick into a fine powder.