Best Recipe for Ragi Roti (Rotti)| Finger Millet Flatbread

The recipe for Ragi roti is very simple and easy. Finger millets or Ragi flour is very high in nutrition and is considered a wholesome food for babies. Finger millets are a staple food of rural Karnataka and you can make very tasty recipes using Ragi flour. The high fibre in the finger millet roti keeps kids full for a long time and gives them sufficient calories.

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Roti with Ragi Flour

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With the lot of health benefits associated with ragi, it is one of the first foods that is introduced to babies as well. This ragi rotti can be cut into strips and used for baby-led-weaning so babies can easily grasp using their palmer or pincer grasp.

Also called nachni roti is a great family meal as they are usually gluten-free and loaded with health benefits for adults as well. I usually make this for breakfast and tastes great with butter and coconut chutney. You can serve it to kids with butter and yoghurt too.

What you need to make Ragi Roti/ Rotti?

Here is what you need to make this finger millet roti/ flatbread:

  • Ragi Flour/ Sprouted Grains Flour – You do get ragi flour or the finger millets flour readily availble in store. Or you can also powder the ragi at home. I normally use a cup of organic ragi flour while making for kids.
  • Onion – One small onion chopped into small pieces adds a good flavour to ragi roti/ rotti.
  • Cilantro – A bunch of Cilantro chopped adds colour and taste to this recipe.
  • Cumin powder – I use a tbsp of cumin powder to help with easy digestion.
  • Salt – 1 tbsp salt or as per your need when you make it for babies 12 months+.
  • Water – A small cup of warm water used in parts to mix the ragi rotti dough.
  • Crushed Peanuts (optional) – Crushed peanuts adds a great flavour and also extra protein to this recipe. You can choose to avoid if there are any allergies.
  • Butter/ Oil – To roast the rotti on pan. I use a generous amount of butter while making for kids.
  • Optionally you add a couple of green chillies chopped if you are making it for adults. I avoid them for kids.
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Instructions to make Finger Millet Roti

  • In a mixing bowl, add a cup of Ragi flour, chopped onions, cilantro, cumin powder, crushed peanuts (optional) & salt and mix them well.
  • Add a cup of warm water in parts to mix the ragi flour dough.
  • Make sure to not add too much water.
  • Add a spoon of oil/ butter to a pan.
  • Make small lemon sized balls from the dough and spread them on the oil greased pan until they become a thin flatbread. Dip your fingers in water so the dough does not stick to your finger.
  • Cook the roti on medium flame for a few seconds until it gets cooked well.
  • Turn the rotti and cook both sides.
  • Serve the warm rottis with yogurt and a dollop of butter added on top.
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Tips Nachni roti recipe

  • Using warm water to make the dough helps to make a soft dough.
  • Dipping your hand in water while patting and spreading the rotti helps with not sticking to hands.
  • Turn off the flame when you flip the rotti to avoid over cooking which makes the ragi roti hard.
  • Eating them while warm is better as it gets hard when it gets cold.
  • These ragi roti/ rotti dough can be stored in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

FAQs Recipe for Ragi Roti/ rotti

1. What is Ragi roti made of?

Traditionally ragi rotti is made of ragi flour and flattened on the pan. In some places, they make the dough by mixing ragi flour in hot water and rolling them like chapatis.

2. Is ragi roti better than wheat?

Experts suggest ragi flour is way better than wheat. For one its gluten-free, helps with digestion as it is rich in fibre and a great option for weight-loss and promotes heart health.

3. Is ragi roti healthy?

If using flour made of 100% ragi, it is super healthy rich in fibre, protein and calcium. It is a perfect staple food that is highly nutritious.

  • High Protein substitute
  • Rich in calcium and fibre
  • Helps with weight loss.
  • Helps with digestion
  • Promotes heart health
  • Helps you keep full killing hunger pangs.

4. What dishes can be made from ragi flour?

  • Ragi Porridge
  • Ragi Malt
  • Ragi Cookies
  • Ragi Ball/ Ladoo
  • Ragi Semiya/ Vermicelli
  • Ragi Dosa
  • Ragi Idli
  • Ragi Pancakes
  • Ragi Halva

5. What are the side effects of ragi?

One biggest side effect that most people complain is constipation. Though ragi promotes good digestion, it takes time to digest and cause stomach pain and diarrhoea in some people.

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Recipe for Ragi Roti/ Rotti/ Flatbread

Rashmi Madhwaraj
The recipe for Ragi roti is very simple and easy. Finger millets or Ragi flour is very high in nutrition and is considered a wholesome food for babies.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian, karnataka
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Ragi Flour
  • 1 small Onion (chopped)
  • 1 Bunch Cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp Peanuts (crushed)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Butter/ Olive oil
  • Water (as required)

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl, add a cup of Ragi flour, chopped onions, cilantro, cumin powder, crushed peanuts (optional) & salt and mix them well.
  • Add a cup of warm water in parts to mix the ragi flour dough.
  • Make sure to not add too much water.
  • Add a spoon of oil/ butter to a pan.
  • Make small lemon sized balls from the dough and spread them on the oil greased pan until they become a thin flatbread. Dip your fingers in water so the dough does not stick to your finger.
  • Cook the roti on medium flame for a few seconds until it gets cooked well.
  • Turn the rotti and cook both sides.
  • Serve the warm rottis with yogurt and a dollop of butter added on top.

Notes

  • Using warm water to make the dough helps to make a soft dough.
  • Dipping your hand in the water while patting and spreading the rotti helps with not sticking to your hands.
  • Turn off the flame when you flip the rotti to avoid overcooking which makes the ragi roti hard.
  • Eating them while warm is better as it gets hard when it gets cold.
  • These ragi roti/ rotti dough can be stored in a refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Keyword ragi flatbread, ragi roti, ragi rotti

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