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Monday, September 14, 2015

Simili Urundai-Ragi Peanut Sesame Seed Balls

I love to treasure traditional recipes and this is one of my favorite. Ragi simili is a good source of calcium and an excellent source of iron. Those suffering from anemia and low hemoglobin levels can take 2-3 ragi simili balls everyday as it might help improve the condition. It also helps to boost lactation. Today we will learn how to make ragi laddu or ragi peanut simili following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Ragi Peanut Sesame Seed Balls

Simili Urundai-Ragi Peanut Sesame Seed Balls

ragi simili

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Yields: 22 Balls
 Recipe CategoryMillets-Ragi
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Finger millet flour/ragi flour - 1 1/2 cup
   Salt - a pinch
   Peanuts - 3/4 cup
   Jaggery - 3/4 cup (powdered)
   Sesame seeds - 2 tbsp
   Sesame seed oil or ghee for cooking ragi roti


Roast peanuts until light brown. Leave it to cool. Then rub the skin and puff it off. Keep the peanuts aside.

Dry roast sesame seeds until it splutters. Leave it to cool.

Dry roast ragi flour on low heat stirring continuously until you get an aroma of roasted flour.

Add salt and hot water (not boiling water) to the ragi flour little at a time and make a soft dough.

roasting ragi flour

Divide the dough into 3 or 4 equal parts and make balls out of it.


Grease a tawa with oil, place a ragi ball on it.  Wet your hands and flatten the ball to a thin roti and switch on the heat.

Apply oil or ghee on the surface and cook both sides on low heat. Once cooked remove from tawa and leave it to cool. Repeat the same process for the other balls.

preparing ragi adai for simili

Now tear the cooked ragi roti roughly into small pieces.

Grind ragi roti bits in a mixie. Then add the roasted peanuts and grind until it gets blended well with the ragi.

Then add powdered jaggery (use clean jaggery- I used organic jaggery powder) and blend everything together.

ragi simili

Add roasted sesame seeds and blend just for 2-3 seconds. Remove the mixture on a plate and make balls out of the mixture and enjoy.

ragi balls-simili urundai-ragi laddu

I kept aside some roasted sesame seeds and rolled the ball on it.

Note - If you want fine balls, powder the peanuts separately and ragi adai separately and then grind both together.

Shelf life and Storage - Store it in an airtight container. Stays good for 5-6 days in the refrigerator.

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  1. Going to try this.. Thanks Padhu..looks healthy n delicious!!

  2. Hi padu my mom told about this recipe which was prepared often by my grandma. How traditional this recipe is.....

  3. I too love traditional receipes which are much needed in this era of junk food. I was looking some ragi receipe. Thanks keep posting

  4. Very nutritious..i am going to try for my project

  5. Thank you for sharing Padhu. All your posts are very useful. I always refer your recipes to learn anything new.


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