Full of protein, fiber, and nutrients for your hectic mornings.
There has always been a great emphasis laid on the significance of breakfast, and if you are a health freak who understands that having a healthy and complete breakfast meal is a must to keep you sane and active to sustain your professional and personal commitments, then here is a great, hassle-free, and power-packed breakfast option for you. Today, we are sharing a protein-packed recipe full of the nutrients of ‘Ragi Balls’. Ragi is also known as finger millet, i.e., one of the most nutritious and healthy cereals easily available in India. The ragi balls give you a great start to the day as they are protein-rich, which gives you energy; full of fiber, which supports you in attending stretched meetings; and good for your bones. Interestingly, this recipe is a complete meal in itself and can be accompanied by a glass of milk, tea, or coffee for breakfast. Another reason that makes ragi balls a must in your meals is that they can be stored for almost a week in the refrigerator and become the best companion if you are having a hectic start to the day or running back-to-back meetings.
Ragi Flour: 250 grams
Powdered sugar, jaggery, or brown sugar (100 grams)
A handful of nuts (finely chopped): almonds, coconut, raisins, cashews, or seeds (optional)
Desi Ghee: 1 tablespoon
Heat 1-2 tablespoons of desi ghee in a pan and let it melt over medium-low heat.
Add the ragi flour (finger millet) to the pan. Roast it for about 10 minutes, or until it changes color and a fragrant aroma starts to emanate. Stir constantly to prevent burning. Once roasted, remove it from the heat and let it cool down.
In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. You can use powdered sugar, jaggery, brown sugar, or a combination based on your preference. Adjust the quantity to your desired level of sweetness. If you prefer a less sweet option, use less sugar.
Add finely chopped nuts (almonds, coconut, raisins, and cashews) or seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and chia seeds) to the dry ingredients. You can customize the type and quantity of nuts and seeds based on your nutritional preferences.
Once the roasted ragi flour has cooled down, add it to the bowl with the dry ingredients and nuts or seeds. Mix everything thoroughly.
To form ragi balls or laddos, grease your hands with some melted desi ghee. Take a small portion of the mixture and roll it between your palms to shape it into a ball. Repeat this process until you've used all the mixture.
If you prefer a mess-free option, you can also enjoy the ragi mixture as breakfast cereal by serving it in a bowl and adding milk, tea, or coffee. Simply take 3–4 spoonfuls, depending on your appetite.
Enjoy your protein-packed ragi balls as a healthy and energizing breakfast. Pair them with a hot beverage like coffee, tea, or a glass of milk, especially during the winter months.
These ragi balls are not only nutritious but can also be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week, making them a convenient breakfast option for busy mornings. Start your day with this wholesome breakfast and stay energized throughout your hectic day!
Written by: Bhawana Anand
Edited by: Aniket Joshi