WHAT IS RAGI??
RAGI is also known as finger millet or nachni. It contains a very high amount of proteins, calcium, and iron. This whole grain contains important amino acids like phenylalanine, methionine, isoleucine, and leucine. India is the leading producer of Ragi in the world. Ragi can be cultivated even though there is drought.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF RAGI FOR BABIES.
RAGI is full of healthy nutrients. It is a healthy addition to the diet of babies. From the age of six months we can add ragi to the food chart of babies. Here are some health benefits your child can derive from this super cereal are as follows :
RICH SOURCE OF CALCIUM
Ragi contains very high amount of calcium. It is very beneficial for developing your child’s bone’s. It helps to reduce the risk of bone fracture and need for calcium supplements. Apart from that , ragi also improves the production of blood in human body.
RICH SOURCE OF NATURAL IRON.
Natural iron present in ragi can help prevent anemia in children. Sprouted ragi contains a good amount of Vitamin C., which aids in better absorption of iron. Ragi, due to its high nutritional content, prevents malnutrition in babies.
FIBER AIDS DIGESTION AND MAKES BABIES FEEL FULL.
The amount of dietary in fiber in ragi promotes digestion and helps your child stay full for a longer time. The amino acids present in Ragi do away with the excess fats around the liver and reduce the cholesterol levels in child’s body, thus, keeping obesity at bay.
The presence of a significant amount of antioxidants in Ragi helps relax the body and prevents problem like insomnia, anxiety, and headaches in children.
IMPROVES HAIR AND SKIN.
The presence of amino acid methionine helps promote healthy skin and hair in your child.
EASY RAGI RECIPE FOR YOUR BABY.
Always clean ragi by washing it well with water.
- RAGI MALT RECIPE.
Soak a cup of ragi in two cups of water for a few hours. Drain and grind the soaked ragi by adding a little water, as required to extract a juice. This juice can be mixed with milk and cooked with little jaggery or sugar, Added for taste. Adjust he consistency as required by adding more milk.
- RAGI PORRIDGE RECIPE.
HERE IS THE RAGI PORRIDGE RECIPE.
- 1 cup of water.
- 1 cup of ghee.
- 1/2 cup of milk.
- 2 tsp of ragi powder.
- A pinch of grated jaggery.
PREPARING PORRIDGE POWDER.
- Drain the rice grain and dry them in sun by spreading them out on the clean cloth.
- After the ragi is fully dry, roast it on medium flame till there is an aroma.
- place the roasted ragi on a plate and let it cool.
- Grind the cool Ragi to a fine powder.
- Store the powder into the air tight container.
- Use as per the requirement.
HOW TO MAKE RAGI PORRIDGE.
- Place a pan on the flame and heat the ghee in it.
- Then, add two teaspoon of ragi powder and sauté it lightly.
- Mix in one cup of water and half cup of milk.
- keep stirring, until the flour blend well with the milk and make sure there are no lumps.
- Sprinkle the grated jaggery, and mix till it dissolve completely.
- Switch of the heat when the desired consistency obtained.
PRECAUTIONS TO TAKE :
As all these things are related to your child, hygiene and cleanliness assume importance when you make and feed your child homemade ragi porridge. Ensure that all the utensils used in the process should be neatly washed and cleaned. Also, make sure your hands are scrubbed with soap before you begin.
No other cereal can even come close to the type of health benefits that ragi offers to the growing child. The sooner you make ragi a part of your child’s diet, the sooner he will start reaping these advantages. Ragi powder, whole ragi, and sprouted ragi are some options you can try depending on the recipes you choose.