Ragi (finger millet), a tiny looking cereal is making its presence in this beautiful space in the form of sweet balls. Over 200+ posts of recipes in these 2.5 years of food blogging I have published only one recipe that uses finger millet. Guess which one? It’s baby porridge recipe. Yes finger millet is not a common cereal that I cook on regular basis but lately it’s being used in dosa, idli and even laddu.
The bland, unappealing color that finger millet yields in the dish that is in, makes kids to dislike them. I figured this out when I cooked finger millet dosa the other day. While packing the lunch I had to bribe my daughter with her favourite side dish. But she was impressed by the taste of these ragi laddus.
Ragi laddu can be declared as healthy, nutritious sweet to snack on after school. It has NO SUGAR. No hurdles of making jaggery syrup and checking it’s consistency and it lasts for longer too. I used peanuts and sesame seeds in roasted form to mix with finger millet flour. It’s an extra delicious crunch when your mouth detects peanuts and sesame seeds as you bite ragi laddu. As you shape crumbly laddu mix in to laddu, they seem very delicate but then do not panic. Ragi laddu gets normal laddu – hardness after some time.
Why are you waiting? Why don’t you get in to the kitchen to make these awesome finger millet balls?