Table of content
- 1 History
- 2 Benefits of Ragi or finger millet
- 3 Why ragi cookies?
- 4 Side effects of packed biscuits?
- 5 Recipes/Uses of ragi flour
- 6 Recipe of healthy ragi/millet flour cookies
- 7 Recipe of ragi cookies without oven
- 8 Some Do’s and don’ts’
- 9 Conclusion
Finger millet or Eleusine coracana, is a cereal crop found in the arid and semi-arid areas of Africa and Asia. Finger millet has its origin in East Africa. This grain is made into a fermented drink and beer, found in some parts of Africa. This finger millet is extremely healthy. There are various recipes prepared from ragi flour including ragi cookies.
Benefits of Ragi or finger millet
Ragi is really good for health. It is very rich in fiber content and has lower cholesterol level. Here is listed the health benefits of consuming Ragi or millet flour.
Holistic breakfast meal
Ragi serves as one of the best breakfast meal. It is rich in fiber which helps to increase energy in the body, to work throughout the day. Best time to consume ragi, is in the morning. It includes nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin B and vitamin E.
Ragi flour is naturally gluten free. It can easily be served in the place of wheat flour. It can be used for preparing sweets, chapatis or dosa.
Increases bone density
Ragi organically contains in it vitamin C which helps to strengthen density of bones. It also restores bone density among older people.
Boosts nervous system of body
Consuming ragi on regular basis in a particular measure, is essential. It helps to enhance nerve impulse conduction and relaxes the mind. It also activates the functioning of brain.
Effective in diabetes
Ragi is loaded with dietary fibers in comparison to other flours like maize or rice. Consumption of this decreases food cravings and maintains the functioning of digestive system. Also, it helps in keeping the blood-sugar level in its range. Thus, ragi flour is helpful for diabetic patients.
Good for fighting anemia
Ragi flour is beneficial for the people dealing with anemia. It is rich in iron and vitamin C. It helps people with low haemoglobin level. It has higher content of fiber which is good to health.
Including ragi in everyday meals, helps a lot in fighting depression, anxiety and tension. Ragi works as natural body and mind relaxant. It is also very helpful for migraines.
Ragi contains high amount of dietary fibers which keeps the stomach full and prevents frequent appetite. This led to weight loss. And consuming ragi in the morning as breakfast meal, keep one full throughout the day. Hence, helps in losing weight.
Knowing the health benefits of ragi nobody can deny trying out these healthy cookies at least once. These are very healthy as well tasty to eat. It is free from preservatives and any artificial flavor or color. There is not even a single harmful ingredient present in these ragi cookies. Cookies are one of the tastiest and of course, healthiest version of ragi flour.
Side effects of packed biscuits?
Eating packed biscuits or cookies of market damages ones memory. There is a lot of trans fat content in the biscuits manufactured in factories. In order to improve the texture, taste and shelf life, a lot of harmful ingredients are included in it. They also contains hydrogenated oil damaging the memory worstly. No matter what age is, it equally deteriorates functioning of various organs.
Biscuits include palm oil, refined flour with no nutritional content, refined sugar, preservatives, etc. These biscuits are high in sodium content. Gluten allergy is one of the terrible side effect of biscuits. Children are especially attracted towards these biscuits. There are various flavors too available in order to increase the sales. For example : Orange flavored biscuit is the most dangerous ones, as they are prepared using zero percent of natural orange content.
Weight gain is very normal consequence of biscuits. Due to presence of high sugar content it leads to diabetes. Early age diabetes in children is one of the practical examples.
Thus, knowing all the effects one should completely discard consumption of biscuits. But this does not mean that one cannot enjoy eating biscuits. That is why we are are here with healthy recipe of ragi biscuits. Biscuits which are free from preservatives, harmful contents and are good to eat.
Recipes/Uses of ragi flour
- Ragi dosa
- Ragi malt
- Rgi idli
- Ragi cookies
- Ragi cake
- Ragi malpua
- Ragi laddoo
- Ragi chapatti/roti
- Ragi chakli
- Ragi halwa
- Ragi pancake
There are number of cookies available in the market. Variety of flavors too are offered by market. But are they worth consuming? Answer is NO! They are not healthy and worth for consumption. Even whole wheat cookies available in super markets, contains a lot chemicals and preservatives. They are not even whole wheat. Thus, its best to switch to homely healthy cooking.
This is the reason I am presenting ragi cookies which is completely healthy. These cookies are extremely healthy as well as much tastier than unhealthy biscuits of market.
You will also find variety of healthy whole wheat cookies in my blog.
1 tbs = 1.5 ml
Ragi flour – 1 cup
Whole wheat flour – ½ cup
Powdered Mishri – 1/3 cup
Baking powder – ½ tsp
Condensed milk – 1 tbs
Cocoa powder – 2 tbs
Butter – ¼ th cup
Milk – 3 tbs
Salt – a pinch
Step 1: In a bowl, take 1 cup ragi flour. Add ½ cup whole wheat flour, ½ tsp baking soda, a pinch of salt, 1/3 cup powdered mishri. Add 2 tbs cocoa powder to it.
Step 2: Sieve all the ingredients together. Sieve them twice.
Step 3: Now, add ¼ th cup butter to it. Mix everything well till binding consistency.
Step 4: Now, in the same mixture add 2 tbs condensed milk. Mix them well.
Step 5: Add 2 tbs milk to the mixture. Add one or two more tbs milk to it if required.
Step 6: Knead tight dough. Dough should not be wet. Add milk gradually to knead perfect dough.
Step 7: In a food wrap, keep the dough and give it a rectangular shape.
Step 8: Coat it with favorite dry fruits. I used cashews, pistachio and almonds for topping. Wrap the dough well in food wrap.
Step 9: Place the dough in refrigerator for 1 to 2 hour.
Step 10: Take the dough out after an hour or two, cut them using a knife.
without oven :
Put a pan on gas flame. Place a stand in it and cover it with lead.
For Oven :
Cover the baking tray with butter paper. Place the pieces of ragi dough over tray. Place cookies in the oven, at pre-heated oven, at bake mode, for 25-30 minutes, at 180 degree C.
Step 12: Grease another plate or tray and place baking paper on it.
Step 13: Place the cookies on it. Bake it for 40-45 minutes on low to medium flame.
Step 14: Once cookies are done, allow them to cool completely.
Healthy ragi cookies are ready to eat.
Some Do’s and don’ts’
- Wheat flour is essential for binding the dough.
- Condensed milk is optional. If condensed milk is used, it should be home-made.
- Pre-heating the pan or oven, is essential.
- A pinch of salt is necessary for balancing the flavor.
- Butter can be replaced with olive oil.
- Instead of mishri powder, brown sugar is the substitue. Jaggery could also be used keeping in my its separate taste in the cookies.
- In this recipe, I have used mishri because brown sugar was not available due to lockdown. Otherwise, brown sugar can be used.
- Add milk gradually, dough should not be wet.
- Add an extra tbs powdered sugar if not using condensed milk.
Packed biscuits are loaded with health diseases, that is why one should switch to instead, a not only healthy but as well as tastier version of biscuits. Ragi flour has a lot of nutrition in it and is good to health. Recipe is way too easy to make and worth time investing. These ingredients are easily available and harmless. Hence, switch to healthy, switch to health.
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