Ragi porridge recipe for babies who are 6-8 months old:
- Ragi – ¼ cup
- Water – as required
- Formula milk – as required
- Wash and soak ragi for at least 8 to 10 hours.
- While soaking they can be refrigerated or you will have to change the water a couple of times to prevent odour.
- Drain the water completely and blend the grains in a mixer grinder jar. Add little amount of water if needed.
- Now, place a cloth over a colander and keep a container under it to collect the juice. Pour the blended mixture on the cloth and squeeze off to extract the juice.
- You can repeat blending and then filter once more. Cook this ragi juice on a low flame till it thickens.
- If using milk for this recipe, first cool the ragi juice completely. Then add formula powder to a cup and little water, mix it well and add it to the ragi juice. Stir well. Then put the mixture back on heat and stir well.
- Always serve warm. Warm foods are lighter on the tummy and digest well.
This recipe is for babies above 8 months
Ingredients (240 ml cup used)
- Ragi flour -1½ tablespoon for 8 months plus
- Ragi flour – 2 tablespoon for 10 months plus
- Ragi flour – 3 to 4 tablespoon for 1 year plus
- Milk or formula milk – as needed
- Organic jaggery or palm sugar – as needed
- Mix the powdered milk with water or use cow’s milk for toddlers.
- Add the ragi flour and milk to a pot, stirring in the flour continuously to avoid lumps.
- Cook on a medium to low flame until it thickens.
- Add more milk as needed to bring it to the desired consistency.
- If you want to use jaggery or palm sugar, add it to water. Stir until it melts and filters it to the pan containing the ragi porridge.
- Cool it completely before serving
Note: Though ragi is one of the least allergic food items like oats but you should still take care and observe whether you baby is being able to digest ragi cereal or not.
Ragi is highly nutritious and rich in dietary fibre, calcium, protein, iron and other minerals. Amino acids present in ragi help in the development of muscle functioning, improving metabolism, the formation of blood and promote the release of growth hormones. Ragi is also extremely beneficial for breastfeeding mothers.