1#Plain Ragi Porridge for babies
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Always consult your pediatrician before starting any new food for babies.
Sterilize all the utensils, spoons before feeding the baby.
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How to prepare porridge powder
Clean and wash finger millet well.Drain the water completely and dry it well in the shade/sunlight spreading it on a clean cloth.
After it is dried well, dry roast it on medium flame until you get an aroma of roasted ragi.
Remove from flame and transfer to a plate to cool. Get it powdered finely in the flour mill.
Store it in an air tight container. This is the plain ragi porridge powder.
How to prepare porridge
Take 1 cup of water, add 1 ½ tsp of porridge powder, cook on low flame until it thickens. Add little jaggery to taste. Jaggery should be dissolved in little water and then filtered.
You can add 1/4 cup of cow’s milk for added taste but optional.
2#Ragi Porridge (for babies above 12 months/1 Year)
Ragi Porridge for babies
Finger millet/ragi -200 grams
Cracked wheat/samba godhumai-200 grams
Pottu kadalai/Roasted gram – 200 grams
Ground nuts -100 grams (without the skin)
White sesame seeds – 50 grams
Omam/Ajwain -1/2 tsp
Clean and wash ragi well. Drain the water completely and dry it in the shade/sunlight well. Then dry roast it on medium flame until you get an aroma of roasted ragi. Remove from flame and spread it on a plate to cool.
Clean the other ingredients and dry roast each separately on medium flame. Leave it to cool.
It is a bit difficult to powder it in a mixer grinder but if you do not have a flour mill near your place, prepare it in less quantity and powder it finely and sieve it. Do not operate the mixie at a stretch. Leave a gap of 10-15 minutes in between to prevent the mixer from getting heated.
How to prepare ragi porridge for babies
Ragi Porridge powder -1 1/2-2 tsp
Jaggery/palm jaggery water
Take 1 cup of water, add 2 tsp of porridge powder and mix well making sure that there are no lumps.
Cook on low flame until it thickens.
Then add jaggery/palm jaggery water to taste. Add very less jaggery. Heat a little water, add jaggery/palm jaggery to it, stir it over low flame. When the jaggery dissolves, filter it and use it.You can add 1/4 cup fresh boiled cow’s milk to the porridge for added taste.
Note – All the above recipes are not only for babies, adults can also drink it. For adults- you can add almonds, 2 cardamom and soya in addition to the above ingredients.
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very useful post dear,,
Am regular visitor to your site and your ideas has influenced my cooking a lot.
Just want to check, Can babies digest the skin of the ragi grain?
Though its time consuming,for my baby,daily i used to follow this method-clean thoroughly, soak ragi for 3-4 hours, wet grind using a little water, sieve using a tea strainer, throw away the ragi skin and use the milk obtained to make the porridge. Just wanted to share this alternative way.
Kindly post plain rice porridge quickly.
My baby loves the food above told by you thanks for sharing
I like your post. Its really useful for me.. Thanks for sharing this:)
I am waiting for homemade healthmix post…
Though initially some babies may find it bit difficult to digest, this whole/sprouted ragi porridge is healthier than preparing from filtered ragi milk.bcos the fibre and nutrient content is gud in this
Great post.. Just want to know ..is it okay to use readymade ragi flour.. N which one to go for.
You can use readymade ragi flour. But make sure the quality is good and it is organic. You will get sprouted ragi flour in health stores.
Hi can I use readymade ragi flour for my five month old baby
Check the ingredients before using it for your baby. Also consult your pediatrician as your baby is just 5 months old.
How long ragi should be cooked, my mother has given me ragi flour which she made it at home and my baby is 10 months old?
It should be cooked well until it thickens. When you touch it with wet fingers, it should not stick to your fingers.
hi my baby is 6 months old ..should I sieve the powder..if yes then to be sieved in a Muslim cloth or normal fine sieve ..pls answer
Sieve it in a normal fine sieve.
I use yogurt instead of milk. My baby loves it….
Hi padhu, can we use whole wheat instead of cracked wheat? Awaiting your reply.
Yes, you can.
Thanks for sharing the recipe. I found organic ragi flour in the store near me. Should I roast and serve it first? Or should I directly mix it with water and cook on stovetop?
You can slightly roast it and then mix it with water and cook on low heat. You can also directly mix it with water and cook on stove top.
I'm using store bought ragi flour for making the porridge, but it turns out bitter. Could you please help me out?
At times, I buy store bought ragi flour for myself, it has never been bitter. No idea why yours turned bitter. Buy good quality ragi flour from organic stores.
Hi .. my lo s 7 months nw.. I prepared sprouted ragi powder.. in that process while roasting sprouted ragi aroma was light and my mom switched off stove and then we ground it in mill to fine powder.. is it correct to roast slightly
If you roast it well, it will not get spoiled. If there is moisture in the sprouts, you will get fungus. If you have doubts, you can store it in the refrigerator in a Ziploc bag.
Hi Padhu, I tied the ragi in a cotton cloth and left it for a day and a half for sprouting but when I opened I could see a big ball of ragi all sticking together with white hairs. I want to make sure it's only the sprouts and not fungus
Did you tie it very tightly. It will have white sprouts only. If you smell and see you will know.
Hi padhu my LO is 7 mnths…my mil prepared the porridge by washing the seeds n then ground it in the blender with water n then cooked it on the gas…wanted to know if the husk is ok coz she did not seive and is soaking necessary….
Approximately how many minutes should i cook ragi ? and how long can i store ragi porrige outside after cooking ?
Hi Padhu, I have home made sprouted ragi which I kept in sun for 3 days. But I didnot grind it, rather I stored in airtight container. I thought I will grind later when required. But now I am doubting how long can I store dried sprouted ragi before grinding. It has been 3 weeks already I kept them stored.
Your reply will be very helpful. I was planning to grind next week.
If it has dried well, it is not a problem.