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Jan 24, 2014

How to Make Ragi Porridge for Babies / Finger Millet Porridge / Ragi Porridge for Babies / How to Prepare Ragi at Home for Babies / Ragi for Babies / Ragi Sari - Baby Food Recipes / 5 Month Baby Food


Ragi is such a nutritional food for babies. It has high level of protein,calcium and minerals. It has lots of iron and a good mix of amino acids. It is a complete wonder food..So as my second solid food after my Apple Sauce, i thought of introducing maha ragi. When i decided to start giving ragi for maha. I was totally confused whether to give homemade, storebought..Then i raised a question on facebook and This is what everyone suggested..So i soaked ragi overnight, ground it, cooked it and fed maha. But later i came across a homemade ragi powder for babies. So i made that and now i am feeding that for maha. I will share that recipe soon. And i am planning to start store bought baby ragi powder when she is 8+ months. But many of you asked me to share the recipe for ragi porridge which is made from fresh ragi, so here i am sharing it. 

Ragi is very healthy for babies, it is filling and help your baby gain weight in a healthy way. Few things you have to remember before making this.

1)The consistency of the porridge which you make totally depends on you. You can make it too runnier and pour it bottles and feed your baby or make it little thicker and feed your baby using a spoon.

2) For this post, i have added sugar. But normally i use panakarkandu or karupatti as sweetner. This is how i do. I take a small piece of karupatti or a piece of panakarkandu in a saucepan, add some water in it and heat it up till it is melted. Then i strain that and add it to ragi milk and cook them together. 

Karupatti strengthens your baby bones. Panakarkandu helps prevending cold for your babies. You can even mix up a small piece of both.

3)If you feed a good bowl of this for your baby. Your baby will sleep peacefully for a good 2 to 3 hours. It is that filling.

4)Cook ragi properly. If you didn't cook it properly, it may cause constipation.  

5)Many people say ragi may cause constipation. But i am feeding the to my baby for 2 weeks now. And she is passing stool daily. 

How to introduce solid food to your baby:

Read this

How to sterilize baby feeding bowls:

Start by sterilizing the bowls and spoons which you are going to feed your baby. Take the bowl and spoon in a large saucepan, cover it with water and bring them to a boil. Boil it rapidly for 5 mins. Now you can turn the heat off and leave them stay in the hot water till use.

How to do Ragi Porridge from Fresh Ragi:

I use 1/2 cup of ragi to make a good bowl of ragi porridge. I keep on increasing them as she days pass. You have to experiment on this measurement to know how much your baby can consume.

To make fresh ragi porridge. Start by washing fresh ragi by rubbing with your hands in lots and lots of water to get rid of dirt and other ucky stuff. Do this step atleast 4 to 5 times to make sure that your ragi is absolutely clean.

Now soak them in fresh clean water overnight.

Next Morning, drain them and take them in a blender. Add some boiled and cooled clean water to grind them to a smooth paste.

Take a clean saucepan, line them with a clean white cloth. Pour the pureed ragi over the cloth and let it drain. Squeeze with your hands so all the milk has been extracted from ragi.

Now take the sauce pan to stove and start cooking on low flame. if it is too thick you can add some water.

Cook them for 5 to 6 mins till the porridge is cooked and has become thick.

Now take them off the stove and add some sugar to taste. You can add whatever sweetner you use. I use Panakarkandu or Karupatti.

Now let them cool to warm, pour the porridge in sterilized bowl and feed your baby.

Take ragi in a large bowl

pour water over them

Use your hands to rub the ragi to releaste the dirt from them

Keep on rubbing

Pour the ucky stuf out, and repeat the process for 4 to 5 times
Cover it with water

Cover with a lid

Leave them to soak overnight..This is soaked ragi

See the difference

Now take some ragi in a mixer

Grind them first

Pour some water

Grind them

Now they are done

Take a clean sauce pan

cover with clean cloth

Pour the ground ragi in

Now let it drain

You can help it a bit

Once you have squeezed,

This is left ragi milk

Put it on stove

Boil them

Keep stiring

It will get thick
Now add some sugar or whatever sweetner you use, just a bit

This is what it looks like

Always sterilize your vessel

Boil them well

Remove them

Pour the ragi in the bowl

Now feed your fussy baby:)


  1. Hi....cleaning ragi each time is a difficult process. Better one is to clean in a batch and dry it in the sunlight for three days and keep in a air tight container.

    I have also made ragi porridge..see this link..http://oishirecipes.com/2013/11/ragifinger-millet-kurukku-muthari-kurukku-ragifinger-millet-porridge.html

  2. You can grind ragi in machine also ... After that remove unwanted things using dhoti.. place it in separate air tight container.. whenever s needed, you can take a sauce pan add some powder and some water/milk stirr continuously.. u then can feed babies

  3. Sprouted ragi is even better as its easier to digest and much more nutritious..It can be done the same process as you have done, except roast the sprouted ragi and then powdering it to store for a long time..

  4. awesome post. ragi is great for kids

  5. Hi. Great food for babies. As for karupatti vellam (blackstrap molasses), do you use palm jaggery (pana vellam) or sugarcane molasses jaggery? Cane jaggery is cooling while sugarcane jaggery causes heat, but both help release digestive enzymes.Which goes better with ragi?

  6. @shareatipYou can use any, i used pana vellam

  7. Very useful ... Thanks for the detailed post 👍

  8. Thanks for the detailed post

  9. I am pediatrician... and we don't recommend sweeteners until the baby is atleast a year old!

    1. But little jaggery or elachi can be used as sweetener na?

    2. Hi, i am feed my 6 month old baby witu mixed ragi,wheat,rice,roasted grAm,10 almonds in water. Is this good for my baby? Plz give reply?

  10. How many times a day you must feed this ragi I have a 6 month old baby. I started with first Rice kanji. Also please tell me how to Prepare that too. If u say add milk are u referring to breast milk?

  11. @Nandhini Ramanyou can feed it 1 time a day..add cows milk for baby above 1 year

  12. Why do we need to strain the ragi after mixing in water?? Is it necessary to strain

  13. @GM DhandYes straining is must, because it removes the grainy bits

  14. @!!Smita !!U can add, but dont cook it..add after the ragi is cooled.

  15. Hi aarthi please post Rice kanji receipe..

  16. When baby is having cold is it ok to feed ragi porridge

  17. Thanks aarthi for your tips.... I have 5months old baby I used to give ragi porridge using lactogen and sugar for breakfast and dinner... After two weeks of using it, I thought giving natural and healthy diet so I dint mix lactogen in it.. I prepared it using water and panakarkandu.. But my baby got abdomen pain.. I don't know why.. Is there any reason for it?

  18. @RevathipraveenDid u give something else other than ragi. it may be because of that.

  19. is tat necessary to soak ragi overnight ?because I used to soak it only for 10min.. Is tat enough?

  20. @Revathi praveenIf it grinds well then no issue, you can soak it for 10 mins.

  21. Hello dear ones
    my baby was born just starting on 9th month.she weights just 6 kg n is 8 months old.though she is active.bt very weak. Give me recipes to help her gain weight

  22. @Anonymouscheck this link

  23. Can we use direct ragi powder available in market ...for making porridge

  24. do we need to pour the ragi powder (bought it from market) after mixing it with water before cooking?

  25. Hi Aarthi my son 4 months old. Ragi powder or fresh Ragi which one is best?

  26. Ragi is gluten free hence good for babies from 5 months .they wil love it

  27. Ragi is best for infants coz it's gluten free n easy to digest.

  28. Thank you good recepie

  29. Thank you for the post. Really nice one and my Kid love it. Please Post some more recipes with ragi for 2yrs kid

    Thanks again

  30. hi.
    My baby is 6 months now.I want to know how much raggi I should take 4 soaking it.

  31. Is there any other way to dry the ragi other than drying under the sun for 3 days.
    Bcos I feel that's not safe and we can't keep on watching the drying ragi from insects

  32. My baby is three and a half months old and my mother in law is feeding her ragi and wheat porridge...
    Is it fine....please do reply....it's driving me crazy....

  33. @Anonymousi dont suggest feeding solids to baby under 5 months atleast. Babies under 6 months should be given only breast milk.

  34. @Anonymousi dont suggest feeding solids to baby under 5 months atleast. Babies under 6 months should be given only breast milk.

  35. @Anonymousi dont suggest feeding solids to baby under 5 months atleast. Babies under 6 months should be given only breast milk.

  36. M6 baby is almost 6 months now .. got ready made ragi powder from d mart... so how do I cook it??with water or milk??
    Also advise e me the frequency of formula milk,ragi and cereal please. I m a new mom...

  37. @jascook it with water. check my feeding schedulehttp://mahamylife.blogspot.in/

  38. Hello ....my baby is 4 months and 3 days...what is the quantity I should give her? 1 spoon?

  39. @shanthistart with just a tblspn..u just need few spoons

  40. My son born on 31st May 2015 nw for him 5 months startd shall I give ragi for him as ur procedur pls help me

  41. @Shifa Shabeerif u can you can wait for one more month and then give him ragi. else you can start it now itself. start with little portion

  42. Hi akka can I give panam kalkand water to my three month baby?is it safe? He has a cold..:(

  43. How much spoon ragi should I give for my 6 month old daughter.I juststarted external feeds.its been a week iam giving her other foods.

  44. @kasthuri inianu can start giving those once your baby is above 5 or 6 months. 3 month is too early

  45. My Kid is one year old and I used to mix formula milk(Lactogen) while cooking ragi. Now I heard that formula not added while cooking. Is it causes any problem to kid, plz reply me?

  46. @Anonymousu should never cook formula. make ragi with water and once it cools down, add the prepared milk

  47. Can I give rahi milk in the morning?

  48. Hi
    Ragi and Jaggery is rich in iron and milk is rich in calcium. If you mix both it wont be utilised by the body.. So pls make sure not to add milk with ragi porridge...

  49. Hey Aarti... Nice recipe but I m seeing it too late. My son will turn 2 yes. in may. Is there a way I can incorporate this in his meal. He eats rice n dal in lunch and roti mashed in milk in d evening

  50. @Bharti Nalawadeu can give this in liquid form for breakfast

  51. Nice..thanks a lot aarthi

  52. Thankyou sooooo much, recipe with picture helped me a lot, it cleared my confusion.

  53. Thank you so much for this recipe. My baby loved this recipe and its fresh making too.

  54. Hiii
    I am a working mom with 6 months baby (in a week..she will turn 6).
    Can I prepare ragi milk in the morning and cook them just before giving to baby..may be around 3PM??
    Pls reply.

  55. Hi , am working mom - can we make Ragi milk in bulk n freeze it for later use

  56. Thank you very much for this awesome recipe. I have tried this multiple times but I am yet to get the perfect consistency of the porridge like how you have shown. Either the final product is semi liquid. Or like jelly. Can you share your tip here pl


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