Ragi is more commonly known as African millet. It is a very healthy and nutritious grain which is very beneficial for your baby. Ragi is a rich source of Iron, Protein, Vitamin B12 and some minerals. All these nutrients are important for the proper growth and development of your baby.
Ragi can be given to your baby from 6 months onwards. I preferred to wait till my little daughter was 8 months because it is heavier than rice and wheat. It is better to let your baby get accustomed to easy-digestible solid foods first, and then start the more complex ones.
For this recipe, the ingredients are:
3 tbsp ragi flour (you can get this in any grocery store)
1 tbsp jaggery
1 tbsp of desi ghee
a pinch of elaichi powder
- In a pan, heat the ghee, and roast the ragi powder for about a min or two.
- Add some water while stirring to avoid the formation of lumps. You could also wait for the ragi to cool down, mix it cold water and then heat it on low flame.
- Add the jaggery and elaichi powder and bring it to a boil.
- Now simmer for a while, till the ragi is cooked properly. Consistency has to semi-solid.
Ragi needs to be cooked well, or else your baby may experience tummy ache.
Serve it to your baby, while it is lukewarm.
Always prepare this recipe 15 min before it is time to feed your baby, because this halwa thickens and then it will get difficult to feed the baby.