Ragi Manni or Finger Millet Pudding is a traditional, healthy dessert whose origins could be traced to the diverse cuisines of Karnataka.
Last year I wrote about the “ancient grain” millet and the need to support its revival. I had also shared a modified version of apple crumble using little millets.
I am starting off this year with another millet recipe. This time, it is a traditional millet recipe – Ragi Manni or Finger Millet Pudding. It is a classic dessert packed with nutrition and prepared using only healthy ingredients.
A friend who doesn’t live in this city now was here on a vacation, and a few of us got together for some lunch and catching up. The lunch was fantastic – with great company and good food, what more can you ask! The last item we ordered from the dessert menu was “ragi manni”. It was a pleasant surprise to see a homely dish like ragi manni featured on a restaurant menu. We polished off the plate so quickly that we had to order one more to appreciate some of the more delicate flavours!
It was a delicious note to end the lunch. While we were leaving, I knew that I had to try this at home. I have been asking around for a recipe after that lunch. And this post is the result of that lunch and all the research that followed!
The actual cooking didn’t take more than 10 minutes. It is the preparation that you need to spend some time on. I have used whole ragi (finger millets) for this post. I would think it’ll work fine with the powdered version as well.
All you need to make this delicious, wiggle wobble, jelly-like pudding is finger millet (ragi), jaggery (much healthier than the regular sugar), coconut milk, and a couple of cardamoms. I used a teaspoon ghee to grease the pan. I finished off by dusting with some crushed pistachios which I happened to have in the kitchen. If you love to add a crunchy texture you could add crushed cashew nut or ground nuts as well.
So here you go, with an easy to cook, delicious, healthy dessert recipe!
I am sure there is room for improvement. Please let me know if you have any tips to improve this recipe!