The high protein content makes finger millet a good source of protein for vegetarians because of its methionine content that constitutes about 5% of the protein. The following recipe is easy to make and is also a combination of healthy and tasty. You can use apple, pear, banana or sapota for this recipe. This recipe is ideal for babies who are more than 8 months old.
Ingredients (240 ml cup used)
- Ragi (finger millet) flour – 3 to 4 tablespoon
- Water – ¾ to 1 cup
- Apple – 1 small to large (large apple for toddlers)
- Ghee – few drops to ½ teaspoon
- Palm sugar or jaggery – to taste
- Melt the palm sugar or jaggery in water and filter it. Keep it aside.
- Wash and peel the skin of apple and chop it into small pieces. Put these pieces into the mixer grinder and make a puree.
- You can blend it coarsely for toddlers. Set this aside.
- Stir in 1 cup of water with ragi flour in a pan and cook on a low to medium flame until the mixture thickens. Switch the flame off.
- Keep the pot covered for 2 minutes.
- Add the apple puree, ghee and the palm sugar or jaggery. Stir the mixture well.
- Serve it warm or cold.
Ragi is a power packed grain and nutritious, rich in calcium, protein, minerals and iron. Ragi helps in weight gain, stronger bones, and stronger teeth. It also helps in the prevention of iron deficiency. Apple is rich in potassium, phosphorus, vitamin A and dietary fiber.