Jan 31, 2014

Ragi Porridge using Homemade Ragi Power / Ragi for Babies / Ragi Porridge for Babies / Finger Millet Porridge - 5 Month Baby Food


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For few days i was making ragi porridge using fresh ragi. Then i came across making homemade ragi powder recipe at home and immediately gave it a shot. And many of you asked for that recipe, so here it is. 


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) 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 ragi powder in it, strain again 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 3 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 make Ragi Porridge using Homemade Powder:

FIRST CHECK THE RECIPE FOR HOMEMADE RAGI POWDER

Take a clean saucepan, add in 2 tblspn of karupatti. Now pour in 3/4 cup of clean water. Heat this up and cook untill the karupatti is melted.

Now take a clean bowl and a fine mesh strainer. Sieve the liquid through this.

Now add a tblspn of homemade ragi powder in the liquid and mix well so no lumps are formed.

I washed the saucepan and sieve well in the meantime. Now pour this liquid again through the sieve in the saucepan.

Heat this on a low flame stiring continously. Cook this for around 4 to 5 mins till the ragi is cooked and thicken.

Take it off the heat, allow it to cool down and transfer it to feeding bowl or feeding bottle and feed your baby.

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Pictorial:
Add in some water


Heat it up
Once it is dissolved


Take a clean bowl and a fine sieve


Pour the ragi water through the sieve


Now this is strained karupatti water


Add some ragi powder


mix to dissolve


I washed the sauce pan and sieve again


Now strain the ragi mixture again into the sauce pan

Now time to make porridge

Heat it on a low heat


keep stiring


Cook for 4 to 5 mins on low flame till it gets thick


Ragi done


Now serve it to your baby..

68 comments:

  1. Lovely looking porridge. Wish I was a toddler again to savor this lovely dish.
    Deepa

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  2. arthi u can add a little amount of badam while u give to a mill

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  3. Aarthi,This is the best recipe for weaning babies.Both my children have been fed this.
    Shubha.

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  4. @சாருஸ்ரீராஜ்yes u could. But store the powder in fridge so the oilyness from the badam dont spoil the ragi

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  5. Thanks for the receipe.. I am giving ragi for my 10 month old too..can I give while she is having cold?..I use the other medhod..soaking and taking milk

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  6. @DhivyaDont give ragi to baby when she is having cold

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  7. Aarthi this is the best recipe for weaning babies. I love to fed this to my baby, my baby would love that . It is so yummy and healthy. I have also purchased Ragi foods from firstcry.com, they have good varieties of Ragi. You should check them out.
    http://www.firstcry.com/formula-and-supplements/2/79

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  8. can this porridge be given to a 4 month old baby?

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  9. Can this porridge be given to a 4 month old baby?

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  10. @Aakrati GuptaYes u can give, make this little watery and feed

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  11. Hi aarthi. I tried this recipe of yours. But its not becoming a paste. It can be seen as powder and water is separating from it. Am using sprouted ragi powder bought from ayurvedic shop

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  12. @sathuAny way when you heat it it will become a paste

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  13. What is karupatti and panakarkandu.

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  14. @AnonymousKarupatti is called as palm sugar, panangkarkandu is called as rock candy

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  15. Can I take cooked ragi porridge on a journey? Or will it get spoilt? If I can, how long can I keep it before giving it to my baby?

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  16. @AnonymousCooked ragi can store well for 3 to 4 hours after that it will get sour.

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  17. Any other options for sweetening the ragi.. Can I use sugar?

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  18. @SylviaYou can use panangkarkandu, normal karkandu or a little sugar.

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  19. hi aarthi i am new to this site. your baby receipes are very useful.thanks a lot.then i am giving ragi milk porridge for my 8 th month old kid.can i start ragi powder porridge now?

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  20. Can we use jaggery to sweeten the porridge?where can we get Palm sugar in North india?

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  21. Adding to this Recipe - add graded carrot while cooking. Below is how I cook and I see good results for my baby(8 months old now)

    Mix the ragi powder with water and remove all the clumps. add graded carrot and Jaggery(can add soaked dried badam powder). Now put on the stove and heat it with low flame and keep stirring to avoid clumps, and once everything gets thicker then let it cool down and then u can serve to baby

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  22. I cooked a bowl of raagi porridge for my 7 month baby girl & she ate very little.can I store the remaining raagi porridge in the fridge & feed her again tomorrow? What is the storing method for raagi porridge?

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  23. @MichaelNo never store baby food. Make it fresh

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  24. Thanks for the ideas..
    How to make ragi powder at home

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  25. How much jaggery to add if we use jaggery in this recipe for 1tbspn of ragi powder

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  26. @mdhaviIt depends on how much you want the sweetness to be, add any where starting from 1 tblspn.

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  27. Can banana porridge and ragi porridge gvn on same day

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  28. Can banana porridge and ragi porridge gvn on same day

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  29. Hi aarthi
    How to prepare ragi powder??

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  30. Hi aarthi
    Pls tell how to make ragi powder

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  31. @shahere is the link
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/2014/01/ragi-porridge-using-homemade-ragi-power.html

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  32. Hi Aarthi , i have a 22 months old daughther and she is fond of ragi porridge prepared with milk can i give this at night? She is also prone to allergy getting cold so wil it be advisable to give ragi daily even when she is having cold due to allergy?

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  33. @Swati Agrawalyou can give ragi daily, dont give at night.

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  34. Swati Agarwal... U can mix wheat powder(aata)with the ragi powder n make a porridge of the mixture as usual n feed the baby (As I do)... Ur baby will not get cold (as feeding only plain ragi porridge tends many babies to get cold) Ragi itself is a cooling agent to the body...so thats the reason y ur baby often gets cold while consuming ragi.

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  35. Hai aarthi
    Your recipes are really nice. Can I give ragi porridge to my 6 months baby daily with jaggery. Can I give it as breakfast.

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  36. my baby is 5 months old. when is the best time to give raggi? Can i feed her this daily and what other foods can be given?

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  37. @Anonymousyou can give ragi..give it morning or afternoon. Check this linkhttp://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/2014/08/homemade-baby-food-recipes-weaning.html

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  38. hi,last week i prepare your nattukoli roast.it came out nicely .thanks a lot.
    can we use this porridge pdr for making puttu

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  39. Link to homemade ragi powder isn't working.

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  40. Hi Aarthi.. will the porridge have ragi in some powder form. Because i cooked well in low heat for about 5 to 6 mins but i could see ragi in bit powder form in the porridge.

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  41. @salinithe ragi which u used is not ground properly. give it to mill to grind well

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  42. hi aarthi. thnx a lot fr the great effort u put in on this website. i followed ur procedure n made sprouted ragi flour in my mixie. then cooked it plain without jaggery . only ragi n water. i gave my 11 month old this porridge yesterday afternoon fr the first time n till today she is passing black ragi stools. n her tummy is also looking abnormally big. wat could hav been the reason she is still passing ragi in her stools till today? has her tummy becum gassy bcoz of ragi ?

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  43. @AnonymousYou have to cook ragi really well and give it only before afternoon..u can add little dry ginger powder nexttime when u make porridge, this helps in reducing the gas

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  44. Hello Aarthi,

    I have prepared sprouted ragi powder at home. I am doing this from last 8-9 months which always turned out good. But this time when I tried to make porridge of it , its gets very runny after boiling for 1-2 mins. When I mix it and put it on gas its get thick porridge but after 2-3 mins it gets runny automatically. What can be reason?

    Best Regards,
    Shital

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  45. Love the recipe Ms. Aarthi.. Tysm for sharing. Gonna try tgis today :)

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  46. Can ragi be cooked in pressure cooker for boiling it well? Thanks for the wonderful explanation

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  47. @Vandanaragi needs constant stiring so it cannot be done in a cooker

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  48. Hi aarthi in this ragi porridge shall i add one little amount of drop ghee into this.. please tell me..

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  49. @Anonymousafter making porridge you can add some ghee

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  50. Hi, what's karupatti in English or hindi?? I don't want to give salt/sugar/jaggery to my 6 month old, what to add then?? Can I give just raagi powder cooked in water? Does it taste bitter??

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    1. Hi, I have given my baby plain ragi porridge without any sweetner and he likes it. But it depends on your child. You can also add applesauce to the porridge to sweeten it. It also helps in iron absorption.

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  51. hi Aarthi

    I am making this recipe for the first time and not much knowing about Ragi..it turns good but can I give it to my 7 month old at evening time..because I read in comments that u can only give it before afternoon so.little worried about it.

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  52. Hi aarthi....ur website is so gud....but the Link to homemade ragi powder isn't working. It is showing the same page...plz check and rectify....am having 5 months baby now...it will be very helpful if i able to see the homemade ragi powder procedure. Thanks a lot.

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  53. Please post homemade raagi powder. After clicking the homemade raagi powder its showing same raagi porridge. Please post homemade raagi powder as soon as possible..

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    1. True the link is not working. Please Aarthi post the same :)

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  54. Hi aarthi can I salt to this porridge for my 8 months old baby

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  55. Hi aarthi, your effort is priceless.. Thank you.. I wish to give ragi porridge to my 10 months baby. But often she suffers from cold.. Is there anything I could follow to avoid cold due to ragi and general home made medicines to cure cold??

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  56. Thanx fr ur gr8 work.its really helpful fr new moms like me.ive a query..
    Shall I make sweetner( karuppatti+rock candy syrup) in large ant an store it in refrigerator

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  57. And add it to the ragi milk before keeping it in stove?

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  58. Your homemade ragi powder recipe link is not working
    Please help!

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