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Ragi -The Healthy Grain In Baking

Ragi is considered a very healthy grain and I have used it sometimes in my kitchen to make dosas, but never ever thought of using it in cakes and cookies in place of all-purpose flour, but somebody did think about using it and have successfully used it in a cake and cookie. I recently got sprouted Ragi flour from the super market to prepare dosas, but one look at sanjeetha’s blog and I was ready to use it in baking instead. She has a lovely blog with healthy recipes and do hop over there for healthy virtual and visual treats.

Hear are the 2 recipes I made and both of them are  from sanjeetha’s blog.

Ragi Chocolate Cake

Recipe form Lite Bite

Ingredients

1/2 cup Ragi Flour ( I used sprouted Ragi flour)

1 cup All purpose flour

1 tbsp. Cocoa powder

3/4 cup sugar ( I used Brown Sugar)

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/ 2 cup curds

1/4 cup milk

1tsp cinnamon powder

Method

Preaheat oven for 10 mins at 180c

Grease and slightly dust a baking pan.

Sift Ragi flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon .

In a separate bowl add curd, oil, milk and sugar in it, beat the liquid mixture with a hand beater  till the sugar is dissolved.

Add the dry ingredients to the above liquid mixture and fold gently till mixed.

Pour the mixture into the baking pan and bake at 180c for 30 mins.

Do insert a toothpick in the centre after 10 mins to check whether it is done.

After cooling the cake for some time I spread it with Hershey’s chocolate sauce and sprinkled chocolate vermicelli all over the cake.

Verdict : The cake turned out to be nice and nobody guessed that it had Ragi in it. I liked it the best the same day coz the next day it had become a bit denser in texture but a good treat it was.

Ragi Cookies

Makes 12 Medium cookies.

Ingredients

1 cup Ragi flour ( I used Sprouted Ragi Flour)

1 tbsp. cornflour powder

1 tbsp. All purpose flour

1 tbsp. cocoa powder

1/2 cup sugar/palm sugar ( I used Brown Sugar)

1/2 cup butter

1 tsp curds

Chocolate chips

1 tsp. cinnamon powder

1 tsp. baking powder

Method

Dry roast Ragi flour in a pan on a medium flame for 2-3 mins. When cooled mix it with cornflour, all-purpose flour, baking powder and cinnamon powder.

Ina separate bowl mix  melted butter, sugar and the curd and mix nicely till sugar has melted.

Add the wet Ing. to the dry mixture and mix it with hands lightly to get everything together to form a dough.

Chill in the fridge for 30 mins or more.

Make small balls from the dough and slightly flatten it and place it on a baking sheet.

Bake at 180 for 10 mins.

Cool them on a cooling rack for some tome and enjoy munching them.

Verdict : Even these turned out to very good but you  do get a distinctive taste in this when compared to the regular cookies. But we all enjoyed it and even my daughter was happy munching on them.

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