Homemade ragi powder is one of the most nutritious food that is given to almost all babies in South India from 6 month onwards. For my elder one, I started with store bought ragi powder (didn’t have the patience to wait for my mother to make home made ragi powder) and he cried so much after feeding and after 2 hours his potty was full of purple undigested ragi. Oh !! my poor baby, I felt so guilty and stopped giving him.
Even after my mother made a batch and sent me, I was very dubious and reluctant to restart ragi again. But then knowing the nutritious benefits of ragi and not giving my son the nutrition he needed made me even more guilty. So I started off with just a tablespoon of ragi powder porridge. He was happily playing after that and fell to a sound sleep. Since then I gave the home made ragi powder once in every 2 days till he was a year old. After 1 year, I gave him Ragi Dosa, Ragi Biscuits as finger food.
Why Homemade Ragi Powder is the best?
The baby will not be able to digest store bought powder. Some babies might develop tummy upset too. So it is always best to make it home, or buy brands that have sprouted dried & roasted powder.
When Can I give my baby Ragi?
- Can be given from 6 months but never as first food.
- Ragi can be given after introducing the first foods.
- Homemade Ragi powder is ideal for babies.
Nutritional Benefits of Ragi Powder for Baby
- It is rich in natural Iron and calcium.
- They are one of the richest source of protein and are ideal weaning food for babies.
- It is rich in fiber and is a very filling food for babies.
- It helps in easy digestion.
How to make Homemade Ragi Powder for Babies?
Check out our video for the full step by step recipe:
Ragi/ Finger Millet – 1 kg
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1. Soak the Ragi for 12 hours.
2. Wash the Ragi well in running water.
3. Take the Ragi in a white cotton cloth and make a potli.
4. Keep the potli in a cool place.
5. It will take atleast 12 hours for the sprouts to grow.
6. After you see the sprouts, transfer the ragi to a plate.
7. Dry them in shade for 5 to 6 hours till they are completely dry.
8. Dry roast the sprouted ragi in a kadai.
9. Let it cool.
10. Grind them to a fine powder either with blender at home or in a commercial mill.
11. If you are using the blender at home, seive the ragi powder several times to get a fine powder.
For making a porridge, mix 2 tablespoon of ragi in water without lumps, boil over medium flame till the ragi powder is well cooked.
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Homemade Ragi Powder Recipe
- Ragi or Finger Millet 1 kg
- Soak the Ragi for 12 hours.
- Wash the Ragi well in running water.
- Take the Ragi in a white cotton cloth and make a potli.
- Keep the potli in a cool place.
- It will take atleast 12 hours for the sprouts to grow.
- After you see the sprouts, transfer the ragi to a plate.
- Dry them in shade for 5 to 6 hours till they are completely dry.
- Dry roast the sprouted ragi in a kadai.
- Let it cool.
- Grind them to a fine powder either with blender at home or in a commercial mill.
- If you are using the blender at home, seive the ragi powder several times to get a fine powder.
- For making a porridge, mix 2 tablespoon of ragi in water without lumps, boil over medium flame till the ragi powder is well cooked. Fruit Purees can be added for sweetness.