Ragi Malt | Finger Millet Porridge | Ragi Java Recipe | Weight Loss

Ragi Malt | Finger Millet Porridge | Ragi Java Recipe | Weight Loss
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Ragi Malt is a very nutritious drink made of Ragi/Finger Millet Powder, Sugar/Jaggery and Milk also can be substituted with water for people who do not like milk. In our childhood hood many have grown up having this drink in the morning as a starter for the day ….😊. To date we give our daughter in the morning Ragi Malt but with many other ingredients which are added to the powder which makes it more protein shake/malt …..😊 .

Traditionally ragi malt is made as a snack or morning drink before having breakfast.  It’s known as nachani and mandika in northern and western India and as ragulu in Andhra, ragi in Karnataka and keppai in tamil and In English, it’s known as finger millet.

We normally have two ways to make flour one directly takes ragi/finger millet and gets it powdered in a flour mill or we also can alternatively we can wash and sprout the ragi and shade dry it and then mill them to flour.

Traditionally the second method i.e., the sprouted ragi/finger millet is what is used along with water or milk for ragi malt, now have seen many using along with badam and ealchi powder as well give it that taste and depth to the drink. It’s an all-personal choice one can say. Nowadays we get this in the store just have to bring the ragi malt powder and make it as per instructions.

Ragi Malt

Benefits of Ragi are many first of all the health benefits it rich in vitamin A and also rich in iron and calcium. Since it’s very rich in Iron highly suitable for individuals with low hemoglobin levels. All the minerals and vitamins present are easily absorbed by the body and digestible too. Its healthy for women, babies, individuals suffering from diabetes, cholesterol, weight control, iron deficiency (anemia), helps in increasing bone weight in growing children because of calcium content in ragi/finger millet flour.

Many a times ragi malt is cooked with water here I have used milk which gives very different texture and taste to the ragi malt.

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Ragi Malt is very nutritious drink made ofRagi/Finger Millet Powder, Sugar/Jaggery and Milk also can be substituted withwater for people who do not like milk.

Course Drinks, Soup
Cuisine Indian
Keyword fingermilletporidge, healthydrinks, malt, porridge, ragijava, ragikanji, ragimalt
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 People
Calories 547 kcal
Author Kalyon Subbarao


  • 4 Tbsp. Ragi / Finger Millet Flour
  • 1 Tsp Jaggery
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • ¼ Tsp Cardamon Powder
  • 2 Cups Water


  1. Mix the ragi flour in a cup of water with outlumps and keep it aside the slurry.

  2. Bringto boil another cup of water and put the jaggery powder and mix it till itmelts and mixes with water. Also add the cardamon/elaichi powder at this stage.

  3. Now add the prepared ragi slurry into the heated water and boil till it becomes thick and keep stirring so that the ragi malt doesn’t form lumps.

  4. Now add one cup of milk to the ragi slurry boiling, the color of the malt changes and will lighten.

  5. Now stir it continuously and let the milk mixwith the slurry and thicken a bit.

  6. Once you have smooth running liquid your ragi malt is ready, cool it and relish it instead of your tea/coffee in the morning or evening.

Recipe Notes

  • For babies don’t add jaggery, just flour, and water and boil till its thick and cool it and can be given to babies when it still warm.
  • For elderly/aged you soak the flour overnight and then rinse it and drain the water and then prepare the ragi malt from the flour would be idle way to make the ragi malt.
  • This recipe is sweet version one can also make savory version i.e., ragi ambli will post the recipe next.
  • We can also add many more grains to ragi/finger millet and make it like protein powder, will post that recipe too for people who have come out hospital, we have used it for my parents, which is very helpful in building the muscle and strength back. Or generally or one can have as an protein malt/shake.
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