How to make Ragi Halbhai?

how to make ragi halbhai

Ragi / finger millet is a superb food that the Mother Earth has given us. One of the ragi recipes you will like is for ragi halbhai.

Ragi halbhai made from ragi, jaggery / sugar, coconut and other ingredients is a tasty and healthy sweet dish. It is said to be a body-coolant.

The softness of a piece of ragi halbhai makes it melt in the mouth. The richness of dry grapes, almonds and cashews as garnishing enhance the taste of this wonderful sweet food.

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Drinking a glass of ragi ambli or porridge in the morning can be a great way to start a day. Here is the ragi ambli recipe. Books:

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1. Ragi 1 cup
2. Coconut pieces 1/2 cup
3. Jaggery 1-1/4 cup
4. Ghee 2 teaspoons
5. Elaichi powder 2 pinches
6. Cashew, dried grapes and almonds for garnishing
7. Turmeric 1/8 teaspoon

How to make Ragi Halbhai?

1. Wash ragi and soak it for 4-5 hours.

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2. Grind the soaked ragi and coconut pieces by adding water.

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3. Strain the ragi and coconut mixture to separate the milk from the husk, using a small-eyed sieve or strainer.

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4. Grind the husk again, adding enough water. Strain.

Repeat this procedure until all the milk has been strained.

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5. Dissolve jaggery in small quantity of water and then strain to remove any impurities present.

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6. Pour the milk and jaggery syrup into a thick-bottomed kadai or non-stick pan.

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7. Keep the flame to medium.

Cook over a medium flame stirring continuously.
8. Turn the flame to low, when the mixture begins to get thick.

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Keep stirring continuously.
9. When the mix becomes fully thick, add ghee and elaichi powder and continue heating and stirring for minutes.

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10. Drop a small amount (half of 1/8 teaspoon) of the mix to a bowl.

Wait for 1 minute. Touch or press lightly with a finger. If it is firm the mix is cooked, otherwise continue to cook for few more minutes and check again.
11. Pour the mixture into a greased plate. Shake or tap the plate gently to make the mix spread evenly.

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12. Cut into desired shape after the mix is cooled. If you wish, garnish with cashews, dried grapes and almonds. Ragi halbhai is ready.

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TIPS How to make Ragi Halbhai?
1. Use sugar, if you prefer it, instead of jaggery.
2. Use a clean and thin cotton cloth to strain, if sieve or strainer is not available.
3. You can keep the ragi halbhai refrigerated for up to 4-5 days.