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Ragi Malt (Hot & Sweet)

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.


Ragi Malt – Short Facts

Aspect Fact
Dish Type Healthy Beverage
Time to Plate 15 (Minutes)
Nutritional Value High
Ingredients Originality Retained Most
Creativity Opportunity Medium


Ragi Malt Ingredients


Ragi Malt – Ingredients

Item Amount Type Alternatives
Ragi Flour 1/2 Cup Main Ingredient
Water 1 Cup Main Ingredient
Maple Syrup 3 spoonful Main Ingredient Jaggery/Brown Sugar
Almond/Soy Milk 1/4 Cup Optional Any
Cardamom Powder 1 Table Spoon Optional


Ragi Malt – Step by Step Procedure

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.


  1. Dry Fruits can also be added to make it rich. Make sure you dont add too much of them.

Sweet Ragi Malt



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.

Ragi Roti (Ragi Rotti)

You must be knowing how much value there is in Ragi (Finger Millet) and I guess hence you are here (if you dont know then check Ragi Nutrition). If you know good qualities of Ragi but dont know what you can do with it you are at the right place. There are couple of good food items out there which can be made out of Ragi. Two well known food items are Ragi Roti and Ragi Malt.

This article details out step by step process to make Ragi Roti (rotti) which is one of the most famous dishes in south India. This dish is not only delicious but also very easy to make. This can be made and eaten as a main course almost at any time of the day. They are so tasty that they will surely make you crave for more.

Ragi Rotti


Ragi Roti – Short Facts

Aspect Fact
Dish Type Main Course
Time to Plate 20 (Minutes)
Nutritional Value High
Ingredients Originality Retained Most
Creativity Opportunity Medium


Ragi Roti – Ingredients

Item Amount Type Alternatives
Ragi Flour 2 Cups Main Ingredient
Salt 1 Spoon Main Ingredient
Green Chillies 3 Finely Chopped Main Ingredient Chilly Podwer/Red Chillies
Water 1 Cup, Luke warm Main Ingredient
Cumin/Jeera 1 Spoon Optional
Onions 1 Finely Chopped Optional
Oilve Oil 3 Spoons Optional Sunflower Oil


Ragi Roti – Step by Step Procedure

Step 1: Add the Ragi flour, salt, jeera, oil, finely chopped onion and chillies into a bowl and mix well.
Step 2: Start adding little amounts of water at short intervals till you end up getting a soft dough.
Step 3: Take portions of dough and make them into round balls.
Hint 1: Let the size of the resulting dough ball be proportional to diameter of the pan. This round shape of the dough is to ease out spreading the dough on the pan.
Hint 2: Make as many dough balls as the numbers of Rotis you want. This will help reduce the time of preparation of each Rotis (and also those waiting stomachs).
Step 4: Take a frying pan add a spoon of oil as the coat on its base. (Note that pan is not yet ready for heating).
Step 5: Flatten the dough ball on the pan (clean hand can be used for this).
Hint 3: If you need the Roti to be thin and crisp then then spread dough thin all along the pan. This is only possible if you to get correct amount of dough.
Step 6: Make few holes in the flattened Roti if needed. This will help the steam to escape.
Hint 4: Start the stove on a medium flame and cover the pan with a lid if you have.
Step 7: Allow the dough to cook for few minutes. (You can make this out by change in colour of Roti and also smell).
Step 8: Once the Roti is cooked on one side You need not flip it over and cook the other side for few minutes. Typically give some 3-4 mins on first side and 2-3 mins on the second.
Step 9: Now the Roti is ready to be served. Take the Roti out of the pan using a spatula and directly serve if possible.
Hint 5: For the next Roti the Pan needs to be cooled so that you can spread the next dough ball without buring your yourself. For this you can use multiple pans if you have or pour some cold water on the pan after Roti is taken out.
Hint 6: Serve hot with different type of chutney, sauce or pickle and yogurt.


1. This dish also gives opportunity to be creative by allowing to add different type of vegetables along side onion. My choices are boiled peas (esp. butter peas), slighly fried capsicum, boiled corn.
2. Dry Fruits can also be added to make it rich. Make sure you dont add too much of them.
3. You can also add some rice flour along with Ragi flour to enhance/change the taste.


Ragi Roti is a very good diet to have as a part of regular diet. This easy-to-make, tasty, nutritious food allows you to play around with ingredients to get different unique taste. Plain heating is the only processing we do and hence this is a better food as compared to some of the processed foods. So what are you waiting for? Get a pack of Ragi flour and get started.