I am guessing that you are here because you know how good Ragi (Finger Millet) is (if you dont know then check our Ragi Nutrition page). If you know good qualities of Ragi and want to explore some easy food items out of it then this article will tell you how to make a healthy drink made out of Ragi called Ragi Malt. If you fancy something more solid then check our Ragi Roti page.
Ragi Malt can be made sweet or salty and slighly hot. The sweet version is the most common version. This article details out step by step process to make sweet version of Ragi Malt which is one of the famous drinks in rural parts of south India. Salt version is slighly new and its not something I have come across. We will talk about it in a different article.
Ragi Malt is famously known as poor man’s health drink due to its nutritious value and affordability. It is also a very easy-to-make drink which is very filling in nature. For those of you who are switching towards a healthier lifestyle this is an ideal substitute for your coffee/tea or carbonated drink.
Step 1: Take the Ragi flour in a cup and add small amounts of water slowly and mix them to get a smooth liquid solution.
Hint 1: It is essential to get a lump free liquid paste and hence slow careful mixing is essential.
Hint 2: However there are chances that lump will still get formed and in those cases attack each lump and break them and mix with watery paste (it might be easier to break the lumps with clean hands).
Hint 3: If you prefer you can also consider adding small amounts of flour on to heating water accompanied with continuous stirring. Key again is to focus on smooth easy paste. Employ the method that best suits you.
Step 2: Once the Ragi paste is ready keep it aside and start heating a glass of water in a different vessel.
Step 3: If you are not allergic you can also use suitable amount of milk instead of a water to enhance the taste.
Step 4: The water/milk mixture must be heated till it starts to boil.
Step 5: Now slowly add already prepared Ragi flour solution to boiling water/milk mixture accompanied with continuous stirring.
Step 6: Add a pinch of cardamom powder followed by suitable amount of sugar or jaggery depending on your comfort.
Step 7: Now heat must be reduced to low-medium and simmer the content for 4-5 minutes with periodic stirring.
Step 8: Turn off the stove after this.
Hint 4: Folks with electric heater/stove might have to amend the heat reduce/alter timings mentioned here as they tend to react slowly to changes you make and could ruin your drink.
Step 9: Let the drink cool down to your needs and hurray! the drink is ready to be served.
Ragi Malt is a very good health drink to get added as a part of your regular diet. This easy-to-make, tasty, nutritious food allows you to make and have them anytime. Replacing your coffee or tea with these would be the best thing to do. However if you dont fancy sweeter version we have a salty-hot version which will be published soon.