45 RAGI(Finger Millet Flour) BALLS

Ragi Balls/Ragi Mudde/Ragi Sankati/Kezhvarugu kali


1 cup of ragi flour(Finger millet flour)
3 1/2 cups of water
Salt as need
Rice - a fist ful

Heat a thick vessel with water and add salt. Traditionally they use uncooked raw rice, but my mom uses cooked rice.(Not cooked mushy but still has to be grainy). Adding rice will not let form any lumps.
Allow the water to boil and bubble up. Take half a cup of water seperately and add ragi flour. Do not disturb and or mix and do not cover too as it will spill out. Let it cook for 12 - 15 mts minutes. In between after 10 mts you can immerse the back of handle( wooden or steel ladle) and poke in the middle to form a hole so to cook evenly. When done. Remove and stir well to mix. If the water is sufficient and can be made as balls then keep stirring and dip your palm in cold water and take out some mixture and roll as balls when still hot.
If water is not sufficient then add the hot water that is kept aside little by little and keep stirring continously by holding the vessel tight.

Grandma's style

Heat 2 cups of water in a thick vessel. Add salt and 1 tbsp of ragi flour to form the base. Allow it to boil and bubble up. Meanwhile mix ragi flour with enough water to make a thick batter like consistency. Add this to the boiling water, reduce flame and keep stirring till it is cooked and has thickened for around 10 - 12 minutes.

The consistency depends on us. If it too thick it is not that swallowable and needs more dipping. I prefer mine to be very soft and smooth. So can add 1/2 cup of more water and cook. A small portion served itself is quiet filling. Really a healthy and a filling one.

Can serve your ragi balls with any spicy curry. Goes well with Bassaru, non veg curry, spinach dhal and also field beans curry.

Sending this to JFI - Ragi hosted by Madhuram of Eggless Cooking.


45 comments/Reactions:

Sanghi said...

Mmm.. yummmy healthy ragi balls dear!!

BangaloreBaker said...

I make it more like your grand mother's version, but don't make a paste of ragi flour and add the paste. Just dump the ragi flour after the base has started bubbling. And my mom never added salt either. Her theory is we don't add salt to rice so why here. But my aunt makes it in a totally different way. Just mix water with ragi flour and stir (idly batter consistency) and keep stirring till it forms a ball. Sorry became lengthy.

shahana said...

Im hearing it for the first time.Actually i was searhing for some raagi recipies othen than raagi dosa ,raagi idiyappam n raagi puttu n now i got it.Thanks Padma for sharing this recipe.

Nandini said...

very healthy one . I cook in grandma's style!

Babli said...

Thanks for the lovely recipe.I will definitely try it.Raggi balls looks delicious and it is also very healthy.

Padma said...

Thanks Sahana, Bangalore Baker, Shahana, Nandini and Babli for your lovely comments :)

Faiza Ali said...

Ragi mudde...yummmm yummm...I used to just love eating this as a kid. Its been really a long time since I tasted it :( but, I will try to make is soon with your recipe.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

I love to eat this mudda with fish gravy...yummy

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks lovely & delicious.

Sireesha said...

Healthy and yummy Ragi balls:)

Valarmathi said...

I love to have this ragi balls with non veg kurma, looks yummy.

shanthi said...
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shanthi said...

healthy balls . Looks delicious

Gulmohar said...

Sounds healthy..haven't heard of it before :-)

Tina said...

Delicious and healthy......

Prathibha said...

Healthy one dear

Rekha shoban said...

hi, how r u? gud one...never tried.

Supriya said...

I have been meaning to try to make the ragi balls since a long time. I had it at a friend's home with chicken curry and loved it.

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Very delicious and healthy ragi balls..

Akal's Saappadu said...

delicious healthy one;
my people do the same kali regularly using urad dhal. they do it specially for girls (lucky me) for strengthening and purifying the body.... using kezhveragu is a nice variation too, it is such a healthy dish. reminds me of my own grandma :)

Sushma Mallya said...

Nice recipe,looks healthy ..and easy too

Priya said...

Such a healthy dish, love with hot and spicy gravy..yumm!

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Nice one.. Padma... I first thought as fried gulab jamoon balls.. realised as ragi balls only when saw the heading...
Looks like u r on a ragi spree...

kitchen queen said...

Wow! perfect ragi balls. what do u have with it?

Suvaiyaana Suvai said...

wow yummy!!!

Kalai said...

Healthy and yummy dish. I love to have it kara chutney or keerai kulambu.

Soma Pradhan said...

I never heard about this,,Looks very interesting...Will surely try out this one..

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

completely new to me...
Must be an authentic one... Awesome post as usual...

Parita said...

This is something very new to me..looks yumm :-)

munchcrunchandsuch said...

wow, this wud b awesome with some chutney to go.

Abhilash said...

That was new dish.

It looks like Rasagulla but more light colored.

I like the grandmothers version. I do not know why but I always like grandmother versions. Might be because I like my grandmother a lot.

:D

Shri said...

Looks like Jamuns:D..Healthy and delicious!

Sush said...

there are soo many ways to prepare this ragi mudde right? I love this one :)

Sangeetha Subhash said...

healthy and yummy raggi balls!!Love it..My mom use to make it different version..but ur sounds gr8..:)

my kitchen said...

Yummy & healthy balls,goes well with Fish curry or Mutton curry

lissie said...

healthy and tasty ragi mudde! very good for people with diabetes...

Trendsetters said...

Hi Padma

We follow your blog regularly...
good work..

I had a chance to tast this ragi muda when I went to blore. It was really very tasty and good and very very filling..

thanks for the recipe..

Trendsetters said...

Hi Padma

We follow your blog regularly...
good work..

I had a chance to tast this ragi muda when I went to blore. It was really very tasty and good and very very filling..

thanks for the recipe..

Anonymous said...

Ragi mudde made in the true traditional way is how BangaloreBaker describes it. Once you toss in the flour, you let it come to a boil, then bring it down from the fire, plonk the vessel on the floor against a wall (something immovable) with a thick cloth underneath. Use a Y shaped wooden fork to hold the vessel in place, with your feet on the wooden handle of the fork. By this you'd be holding the vessel against the wall with the help of the wooden fork and your feet. Now, put in a thick wooden stick that has a long enough handle for you to hold and use your wrists (for those of you who missed playing cricket – put those sub-continental flexi wrists to use) or simply use up that strength in your arms to turn the wooden stick to quickly mix the flour and the water so as to not form lumps. Once satisfied that a paste with no lumps has been achieved, bring out the wooden stick from the vessel and you will find the ragi paste sticking onto it. Now scrape out the paste onto a plate (use a flat-ish thick spoon), dip your palm in cool water, and using the plate as base, roll up the paste into a ball as shown in the figure. Voila - you have a traditionally made ragi ball!

Yes, I can hear all the groans!  Well, it sounds complicated. But that’s the way Ragi mudde has been traditionally dished out in scores of kannadiga households for years!

Padma said...

Thank you all for your comments :)

Padma said...

Thank you Anonymous for the detailed explaination.These steps will surely help many who are very new to this dish. Sorry could not address you by name as you have not given.
Thanks
Padma

Anonymous said...

It is certainly interesting for me to read that article. Thanks for it. I like such themes and anything that is connected to this matter. I would like to read a bit more soon.

Madhuram said...

I too have heard about this dish but have not prepared it so for. Padma, thank you very much for sending this traditional dish to the event.

Kindly link this and all the other posts to the event. I forgot to mention it in the announcement.

Padma said...

Yeah sure will do it very soon Madhu.

Anonymous said...

Pretty cool blog you've got here. Thanks the author for it. I like such topics and anything that is connected to this matter. I definitely want to read a bit more on that blog soon.

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