By Nmami Agarwal
Ragi, the super grain is well known as Finger –Millet and Nachni in North India. It grows even in high altitudes and can withstand harsh weather conditions, making it perfectly suited for the Indian climatic conditions.
Ragi is also known to be the pinnacle of food grains. Since this cereal is gluten-free and highly suitable for those people suffering from diabetes, and gluten or lactose intolerance. Ragi benefits for diabetes patients are rooted in its chemical nature. It is a perfect cereal to intact the goodness of health and weight loss loaded with minerals, fibre and very less unsaturated fat.
Nutritional Benefits – Ragi, this wholesome grain, is having extensive benefits such as it is rich in minerals such as calcium. It is also rich in phosphorus, potassium and iron. Since, calcium is, of course, an important component in maintaining bone density and health, ragi works as a great substitute in the daily diet for individuals having bone health issues. Along with this, ragi also helps in weight loss and has high fibre content. Its antioxidant properties work against the skin ageing problems thereby giving you a young and steady face.
Moreover, this grain’s seed coat is plentiful rich in polyphenols and dietary fibres which give it a low glycemic index. This basically helps to reduce the food cravings and slows down digestive absorption and absorption of starch, thus keeping blood sugar within the safe range.
Ragi Bites Ingredients:
- 10 Gram Ragi flour
- 10 Gram Oats flour
- 10 Gram Wheat Flour
- 1 Green chilli paste
- 3-4 cloves Garlic paste
- 1 tsp. Olive oil
- Salt to taste
Preparation Time: 25-30 minutes
Calories: 150- 152 kcal
- Combine all the flours in a deep bowl, mix well and knead into a dough using water as required.
- Roll out a portion of the dough into a circle without using any flour for rolling.
- Prick them all over using a fork at regular intervals and cut into small square pieces using a sharp knife. You will get approx. 5-6 pieces.
- Arrange them on a greased baking tray and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°c (360°f) for 25 to 30 minutes, till they turn crisp from both the sides while turning them once after 12 minutes. Keep aside to cool slightly.
- Serve with cucumber dip.
Cucumbers dip Ingredients:
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Calories: 11.4 kcal
Squeeze the grated cucumber and remove extra water
Blend the cucumber in a mixer till smooth.
Place the cucumbers in a bowl add the rest all ingredients and mix well.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Serve chilled with Ragi bites.
Over to you
This powerhouse whole grain is having wide-ranging nutritional benefits that not only help in reducing weight and but also acts as a treatment for multiple diseases like Brittle Bones, Osteoporosis, Anaemia and Diabetes. Ragi is one of the cereal that doesn’t need polishing. So, therefore feel free to incorporate this whole grain, ragi in different ways in our daily diet such as cheela, porridge, idli or upma or dosa or malt.