Updated: Jan 13
Ragi (Finger Millets) being a versatile grain is extensively used in many regions of Maharashtra state. The benefits of Ragi (finger millets) are well-known worldwide. You can make many lip-smacking dishes from this grain. To name a few; ragi sheera, ragi ladoos, ragi chillas, muthiyas, and more.
Consumption of ragi has many health benefits. It is rich in fiber, good for vegans and to gluten-allergic patients, and loaded with calcium and antioxidants. Ragi has Vit C and vit . E in abundance; good for the skin, better immunity, and also for the reproductive organs. Ragi induces milk production in lactating mothers; is a galactagogue. To add more nutrition, I have used oats.
This recipe has zero sugar in it. The sweetness comes from the bananas and dates used in the recipe.
I have tried this recipe and my family simply loved it. You can also give it a try.
List of Ingredients:
•1 cup ragi powder (finger millets)
•1/2 cup quick oats
•2 ripe bananas
•7-8 seedless black dates
•2 tbsp cocoa powder (optional)
•1 tsp vanilla essence
•1/2 cup milk/curd (it can be dairy free)
•1/2 cup virgin coconut oil or clarified butter
•1/4 cup mixed chopped walnuts & almonds
•1/4 cup Choco chips (optional)
•2 pinches baking soda
•1/2 tsp baking powder
•Dry roast ragi powder and oats separately for 3-5 mins till gives out aroma. Let it cool.
•In a separate bowl, mash bananas and dates (dates can be pressure cooked for 1 whistle, without adding water).
•To this; add cocoa powder, oil/ghee, milk/curd, chopped nuts, vanilla essence, and choco chips. Mix well.
•To this mixture, add roasted ragi powder and oats, giving it a good mix. Lastly add baking soda and baking powder to this final batter.
•Pour the mixture into the greased bowl or put parchment paper at the bottom of the bowl.
•Bake the cake mixture in a preheated oven at 180◦C for 30-35 mins.