Millet is very healthy cereal; and those who are bothered about their extra pounds include millet in your diet. Millet has lot of fiber content and is gluten free. So switch over to Millet flour rather than wheat if you are looking out to burn your extra caloriesJ. It is very good for diabetic patients also. Since my dad is diabetic we are so used to this grain right from childhood in varieties of forms. You can make ragi idlis, dosas, steam cakes, payasam, savories, snacks and even pakodas.
Plus Ragi is rich in iron and easily digestible.
The first solid food we give to infant at 3-4 months is ragi kurukku (ragi cooked with milk and sugar).
So here goes the recipe for ragi puttu.
Ragi powder – 2 cups
Salt – 1 tsp (as required)
Water – ¾ cup
Scrapped fresh Coconut – 1 cup ( for mixing with flour) + 1 cup for layering in the puttu mould
In a vessel combine ragi powder and salt, add water little by little and mix well, the mix should resemble crumbled bread texture, add 1 cup grated coconut(optional can reduce the quantity also) and mix well. Adding coconut to the puttu mix makes it tastier.
In a puttu mould add coconut and puttu mix alternating each other until it gets filled up. Steam it in a puttu steamer for 5-6 minutes.
Delicious and healthy ragi puttu is ready, serve it with curry of your choice or simply have it with sugar and plantain.