Monday, April 22, 2013

Ragi Badam Elaichi Drink

I havent posted anything in the blog for a week. Thats the longest I have gone without posting so far. Reasons were many of course. We had a feast at our home last sunday on account of our new year with a few friends as guests and left overs lasted us for almost 3 days!! Ha!! That meant Kitchen was closed for almost 2 days!! Then I did cook some dishes wanting to blog them. but pictures did not come out well, so postponed the dishes to some other time... But I am back more inspired than ever seeing my fellow bloggers posting every day and hope to post something new every day continuously for a month. Nope, I havent had the courage to join a blogging marathon officially. but hoping to stick to my resolution and if I could carry it out, I may join any blogging marathon from June. 

Ragi or Finger Millet is a flour that became known to me only last year. My room mates used to prepare Ragi dosa very frequently at our home. And when ever I come upon a new dish or flour, I try to read upon them to know better. And once I read the immense benefits of Ragi, I was like, I am going to include Ragi in my diet for sure!!! I bought Ragi some time back when I went shopping and when my hubby saw me buying Ragi, what he told was please dont force me to eat this stuff now!! Naturally I ignored him and went on to make many dishes with Ragi as much as I can. And now my hubby enjoys the Ragi dosas that I prepare and have called them yummy!!! I believe it is quite a success in my part in getting my hubby to tolerate the Ragi dishes. Today I am sharing the recipe of a Ragi health drink which is quite filling. As you may know, Ragi is a gluten free, high calcium, high protein, cooling food and should definitely be part of your daily diet especially during summer. 

Ragi Badam Elaichi drink: 


4 - 5 Tbsp Ragi ( Finger Millet Flour)
2 - 3 Tbsp Sugaras per your taste
2.5 cups of Milk
1 - 2 Tbsp Almond Powder
2 pinches of Elaichi ( Cardamom) Powder


Step 1:  Dry Roast Ragi for 3 - 5 min.
Step 2: To make almond powder, grind almonds in a blender. 
Step 2: Boil Milk. 
Step 3: Mix Ragi flour in 2 cups of boiled milk by adding the ragi flour gradually to the hot milk. Stir well and make sure no lumps are formed.

Method of Preparing:

Step 1:

Heat the remaining 0.5 cup milk in a pan and slowly add the already prepared ragi flour and milk mixture. Keep on stirring. 

Step 2:

Add sugar and almond powder and keep on stirring till the mixture becomes a bit thick. Still the mixture should be of pouring consistency. I believe it takes 5 min for the mixture to start becoming a bit thick. 

Step 3: 

Switch off and add elaichi. Cover and keep the mixture aside for 3- 5 min. Garnish with sliced almonds and cashews. 

I am sending the recipe to "Celebrate Summer" event started by Jagruti and hosted by Nivedhanam.

Also sending the recipe to "Healthy Food for Healthy kids - Juices, Milkshakes and Icecream" event hosted at Nithu's Kitchen.You can find the host line up for the event here

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