Ragi kozhukatta

Ragi kozhukatta
Kozhukatta. Photo: Ganga Sreekanth

Millet is an excellent storehouse of calcium, protein and fibre. Due to its incredible nutritional value ragi porridge is often given as the first food for babies. Diabetic and cholesterol patients should include millet in their daily diet. Usually, dishes made using millet powder isn’t preferred by children. Check out the recipe of ragi kozhukatta made using millet paste.

1 cup millet
1 ¼ cups water
2 tsp ghee
Salt as required
1 cup grated coconut
4 tbsp jaggery
½ tsp cardamom powder

Wash the millets and soak for at least 4 hours
Strain the water and grind by adding ¾ cup water
Pass the millet paste through a sieve
Add ½ cup water
Grind again (do not add too much water. 1 ¾ cups water should be added for 1 cup millet)
In a thick bottomed pan, add millet paste, ghee and salt
Stir continuously on medium flame
Set it aside for 10 minutes
Mix the millet mixture well using your palms after it has cooled down
Add grated coconut, jaggery and cardamom powder
Mix well
Make balls from the millet mixture
Add the coconut mix
Roll into balls with the filling in the centre
Cook the millet balls in a steamer for 20 minutes
Enjoy tasty and healthy millet kozhukatta with evening tea.

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