Ragi or finger millet is high in nutritional quotient. It is a great food for your toddler as it imparts a lot of benefits to your little bundle of energy. Here are five easy, tried and tested recipes and ways to include ragi in your toddler’s diet.
Ragi porridge: This is every mother’s favourite weaning recipe. I tried it myself when my child was seven months old. You get ready to cook ragi powder in shops, but the healthier option would be to buy the millet, take two to three spoons of it roast it over a tawa or pan, make a powder of it, add little water or formula milk and little jaggery. You are on with a nutritional snack right away.
Ragi roti: Add ragi powder (previously roasted and ground in a mixer) to your regular flour and make the rotis. This is an instant way to include ragi in your regular diet.
Ragi kheer: Well, this is such as the ragi porridge where the water or formula is replaced with regular milk, which means you can offer this to your child only after one year of age. Ragi kheer doesn’t take too much preparation time. Add roasted and ground ragi to boiled milk and let it cook for a while; add sugar and raisins to it. Remove when cooked sufficiently from the flame and offer your kid to eat.
Ragi laddoos: This is one recipe I am proud of. Roast besan and keep aside, roast and grind ragi and keep aside, roast almonds lightly and make a powder of it. In a pan, heat jaggery in a pan, in low flame and allow it to melt. Add all the ingredients and keep stirring. Make sure there are no bumps. When all the ingredients are mixed well, take it out of the flame and let it cool for a while. Make small balls and give your baby one at a time.
Ragi upma: Give your regular upma recipe a little twist by adding two to three scoops of roasted and ground ragi with loads of vegetables and seasoning of mustard. A healthy bowl is ready in a minute.