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March 19, 2014


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Ragi adai /Finger Millet roti recipe was in my try list for long time.Its a healthy breakfast/dinner recipe for diabetic and for people who wants to lose their weight. I have discussed its health benefits at the end of this post. Don’t forget to have a glance. Here I have shared “How to make-sweet ragi adai and spicy ragi adai”. I make my MIL’s spicy adai usually adding buttermilk. But this time, I got these recipes from my friend Shalini.

As she is in diet, she is having more of ragi recipes. She suggested me to try this once and she guaranteed that this adai would come out super soft and stays soft for long time too. Usually she makes this adai for lunch and have the same for dinner too. By imagining its softness, I got tempted to try. I tried for the first time and as she told, it came out very well.

Sendhil is not a big fan of ragi roti as it becomes hard after cools down. But when I prepared in this way, he loved it like anything and told me to make it more often. This shows the success of this recipe, isn’t it. I heard some people add drumstick leaves and vegetables in spicy adai. I must try that way soon to make it more healthy. U don’t need any specific side dish for this adai. Onion raita or masala raita would do ! Do try this soft ragi roti roti. U’ll love it and I am sure you will include this in your breakfast or dinner routine. Even bachelor’s can try and have this healthy recipe in your menu.

Check out my Instant Ragi dosa and Ragi biscuit if interested !

Ragi adai recipe - Sweet and spicy versions

Ragi adai recipe - Sweet and spicy versions How to make soft ragi adai - sweet and spicy versions !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Breakfast
Serves: 10nos
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes

  • Ragi flour -1 cup
  • Jaggery - 1/2cup
  • Water - 1.3 cups (11/3 cup)
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Ragi flour - 1 cup
  • Water - 1.3 – 1.5 cups
  • Tamarind – Medium gooseberry size(optional)
  • Turmeric powder –1/8 tsp
  • Sambar powder -1 tsp
  • Green chillies - 1 no (finely chopped)
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Hing - 2 pinches
  • Coriander leaves - few
To temper
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Channa dal - 1 tsp

  • In a kadai,melt jaggery adding the mentioned quantity of water.Strain after it melts. Again heat the syrup.
Ragi adai sweet step1
  • When it starts to roll boil,add the grated coconut & cardamom powder.Boil for few seconds.Now simmer the flame completely and add the ragi flour.Stir it quickly without any lumps.It will become a whole mass and leaves the kadai.
Ragi adai sweet step3
  • Switch off the flame and allow it to become warm.When it is warm.grease your hands with gingely oil and knead the dough very well. It would become a soft ball. Keep it covered till use.
  • Take a polythene sheet,make balls from the dough and pat it thin. Heat dosa pan and drop the adai. Apply little oil around and cook in medium to high flame for a minute. If you flip it quickly, adai may break because of its softness. So cook till firm. Adjust the flame accordingly. Cook both sides. Remove and serve hot !
Ragi adai sweet step2
  • Soak tamarind in little water and take the extract.
  • In a kadai, heat oil and temper mustard, urad dal, channa dal. Saute onions,green chillies, curry leaves adding salt and hing.
  • Now add the tamarind extract and the remaining water. Total water quantity should be 1.3 – 1.5 cups based on the quality of flour. Add turmeric powder,sambar powder and the required salt. Let it boil for 2 minutes.
Ragi adai spice step 1
  • Now simmer the flame completely and add the ragi flour stirring the water in one hand. It will become a whole mass. Keep it covered till use.
  • Switch off the flame and after it becomes warm, knead it well to make a dough.
Ragi adai spicy step 2
  • Make balls and pat in polythene sheet for the desired thickness. Grease your hands with oil whenever necessary.
  • Heat a dosa pan and cook this ragi adai on both sides adding few drops of oil. Allow it to cook till it becomes slightly firm else it will break when you flip it. Keep the flame high if needed. Cook on both sides. Remove it.
  • Serve hot with raita !
Ragi adai spicy step 3

  • For this spicy version, adding tamarind is purely optional. But it adds a nice tangy taste to this bland ragi adai.
  • U can make it much more easy and simple by adding just finely chopped chillies instead of sambar powder and tamarind extract, It tastes great in that way too.
  • If adai comes out dry, water is not sufficient. If adai comes out too soft, water is more. So adjust accordingly. 
  • Also this adai may break while you flip. Its because of its softness. To overcome this problem, cook the adai in medium to high flame for 1-2 minutes and see that it has become firm. Then flip it. It will come out well.
  • Please do not cook in very high flame as it may burn the adai.
  • For variations, you can add finely chopped vegetables in spicy version.

Enjoy this ragi adai for breakfast or dinner.Stay healthy and fit Smile

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Unknown said...

yummy n healthy.. we call it ragi rotti...

Unknown said...

Healthy and tasty recipes :) Love it dear !!

great-secret-of-life said...

healthy roti.. my all time fav

Lincyscookart said...

Ragi Adai seems so tasty and the photographs are so inviting.

Rafeeda AR said...

this seems like a really healthy option... both versions looks yum, though i would prefer the sweet one... :)

Indian Khana said...

healthy and yum....nicely done both version

Unknown said...

Healthy roti...... Both sweet and spicy looking inviting!

Shama Nagarajan said...

healthy adai ....super picture

divya said...

healthy adai....looks super tempting n wonderful clicks..

nandoos kitchen said...

healthy adai.. Looks tempting.. Have tried the spicy version, will try the sweet version next time..

Sundari Nathan said...

healthy adai!! very inviting :)

Hema said...

Healthy and delicious adai, it's been a long time that I had this..

Priya Suresh said...

I always love the spicy rotis very much, but my recent favourite is the sweet one.

Priya said...

yummy adai .remember my mom makes this adai when we were in school .u got a very sweet friend who gave u very nice tips .

Shanthi Krishnakumar said...

lovely clicks and look's scrumptious :)

esther said...

Hi, though im a regular follower of ur blog im writing a comment for d 1st tm. I hv tried ragi sweet adai today and it came out really well and very tasty too.

Chitra said...

Thanks a lot Esther. U made my day by ur sweet words.Keep in touch :)

Bhavana said...

hi ragi roti, akki roti, rave roti, jolada roti, rgge muddhe orginated in karnataka , ragi is staple food of kannadigas,

Chitra said...

I know it very well :) I am trying to learn all these karnataka delicacies :)

Unknown said...

Awesome dush

Unknown said...

Awesome dish preparation method with clarity images for different age peoples.for more recipes follow the link here. Healthy Ragi Recipes
Healthy Ragi Recipes

GEE said...

Wow... super delicious Chitra. Thanks for sharing. My son relished it this morning. I halved the recipe and used ghee instead oil (sweet version). Thank you again.

Chitra said...

That's nice to know.Thanks a lot for the feedback :)

Unknown said...

Superb dish :)

Chitra said...

Thanks Rachel :)

Unknown said...

Hi chitra I made ragi sweet roti as per ur receipe it came out very well my son loves it so much both me and my so. Happy. Thank you for your sweet recipe

Unknown said...

I made your sweet ragi recipe it came out well my son really enjoyed the dish thank you chitra

Chitra said...

Glad to know it. Thank you so much for the feedback :) U made my day !

Hema said...

Ragi adai (spicy version) came out very well.Thanks for sharing a fool proof recipe!

Hema said...

Ragi adai (spicy version) came out very well.Thanks for sharing a fool proof recipe!

Chitra said...

Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback 😊