Friday, January 8, 2010
A perfect baby food and diabetic friendly, Ragi(Finger millet) Porridge
Ragi(Finger millet) is predominately a crop grown in Africa and Asia.I was introduced to this wonder food few years back by a South Indian friend when discussing about perfect baby foods.The nutritious ragi ,fed to babies(6 months and up), happens to be a popular one among Indian moms.No wonder,Ragi is a good source of vital nutrients including calcium ,iron,B vitamins, Protein, Carbohydrate, Iodine and minerals.Also its sugar free nature,makes it ideal for diabetics and as such every health-conscious being.Ragi(flour or seeds) is found in any well stocked Indian stores.
I use fine ground flour for making this porridge.Although you could use the ragi seeds soaked overnight and grind to a paste with little water and use the paste instead of the flour.Add some flavor to enhance the taste.Young or old this can be a equally enjoyable breakfast porridge.
Recipe : Diabetic friendly Ragi Porridge
2 cups reduced fat Organic milk
1 1/2 tablespoon(about 5 teaspoon) Ragi flour
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon brown or red rice flour(optional)
2 teaspoon Low GI sugar substitutes like Agave nectar
1 cup fresh or frozen fruits,chopped
Mix the ragi flour,cocoa powder,cardamom and rice flour in a small bowl.
In a small saucepan,start heating the milk on medium-low,while the milk warms,stir in the ragi mixture.Keep stirring constantly to prevent lumps,use a whisk for best results.Turn the heat off when mixture is thickened with porridge like consistency.Mix in the sugar substitute and fruits.Serve warm.I also add some nuts to mine.
How do you like your Ragi?