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Friday, 30 May 2014

Ragi Vada / Ragi Vadalu


Ragi, also known as finger millet is a dark brown/red colour cereal. Being low in calories and rich in nutrition, it’s a wonderful food for all. 20 grams serving of ragi provides 66kcal of energy. Packed with calcium, iron, amino acids and anti-oxidants, ragi is truly a natural wonder. I learnt this recipe from Maavoorivanta program. Thanks to MAA tv for telecasting such wonderful dishes.....


Ingredients for Ragi Vada / Ragi Vadalu :

1 Cup - Ragi flour
1 cup -  channa dal
1/2 cup -  urad dal
4 to 5 - chopped Green chillies
3 - med Onions Finely chopped
1 stem - Curry leaves
1/4 cup - Coriander Leaves
1 to 1 1/2 tsp -  Coriander seeds
Salt as per taste
Oil for deep frying 

To prepare Ragi Vada / Ragi Vadalu :

1. Wash and Soak channa dal, urad dal for atleast 2 hours and make a coarse paste by adding 4 to 5 green chillies in wet grinder or mixi then add Ragi flour to this.
2. Finely chop Onions, Curry leaves, Coriander Leaves, Green chillies.
3. In a vessel, Combine all the ingredients and 2 tsp oil and mix well by adding required amount of water to make vada batter consistency. Don't add  much water.
4. Heat enough oil in a deep frying vessel and take a small dough in hand and flatten it slowly with your fingers and drop it slowly in the oil. Don't overcrowd the vessel. Fry till it becomes crispy.
5. Drain excess oil in a paper towel and repeat the same steps for the next batch. Serve hot with tea/coffee.

Tips / Notes:

·        If you have any Left Over Veggies like Carrot Beans, Peas, you can include them also here to increase the nutritious values.
·        Apply some oil on your palm so that you can flatten the vada easily.
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Heath Benefits of RAGI


Ragi, also known as finger millet is a dark brown/red colour cereal. Being low in calories and rich in nutrition, it’s a wonderful food for all. 20 grams serving of ragi provides 66kcal of energy. Packed with calcium, iron, amino acids and anti-oxidants, ragi is truly a natural wonder. We tell you the reasons why you must essentially include ragi in your diet. For more information click healthplus24.com



Why ragi is a natural wonder
1. An excellent source of calcium, ragi is recommended for bone health of children, adults as well as old people. 
2. Ragi is considered to be the best weaning food for infants. Doctors recommend infants above age 6 to have ragi as it is high in iron (3.9mg/100gm).

3. It improves iron deficiency and increases hemoglobin levels in the body. it’s an excellent food for diabetic and obese people

4. Ragi enhances milk production in new moms and protects pregnant women from developing anaemia. 
5. Ragi is an ideal substitute for rice and must be present in your weight loss diet. 
6. Ragi is a good supplement for people with high cholesterol and fatty liver because the amino acids lecithin and methionine bring down fat content of the liver and reduce LDL levels.
7. The anti-oxidants present in ragi tone the body naturally and keep it cool. It relaxes the system and considerably alleviates insomnia, migraine, depression and headache.
8. The ground paste of ragi used as a facial/body scrub or you can make a paste out of them and apply it to improve the texture of your skin. Ragi prevents premature ageing of the skin.

You can have ragi in plenty of ways. Make ROTIES, DOSAS, IDLIES, VADAS, PAKODAS, RAGI MUDDE the famous Kannadigas main dish with bassaru, porridge, cakes, or simply have it raw form after sprouting. So eat ragi and stay fit!
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