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April 29, 2014


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Ragi is one of the healthiest and easily available millets all over the world. It is called as Finger Millet in English, Kezhvaragu/keppai/aariyam in Tamil, Ragi in Hindi & kannada, Ragulu, Kooralu in Telugu & Panjapulle, Moothari in Malayalam, Madua in Bengali & Nachni in Marathi. It has numerous health benefits and the most important is it is rich in calcium and fiber. 

I love to try varieties of ragi recipes. Recently I posted Ragi idli & dosa, fermentation method. Here comes yet another interesting and very tasty breakfast recipe, Ragi puttu. I learnt this from my MIL. Last time when she came here, she prepared this puttu for us without using a puttu maker. 

She prepared two versions, sweet puttu with jaggery & spicy version with onions and chillies. It was very nice and soft. She also insisted me to blog this recipe as it will help diabetic people to try a variety of ragi recipe. Procedure is little bit lengthy but its totally worthy to try. Do try this ragi puttu recipe for your breakfast. I am sure your family would love it.




Ragi puttu recipe-Sweet n spicy versions

Ragi puttu recipe-Sweet n spicy versions Soft,healthy and tasty ragi puttu recipe without using a puttu maker !!
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Breakfast recipes
Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes

For puttu
  • Ragi flour - 2 cups
  • Wheat flour- 2 tsp
  • Gingely oil – 2 tsp
  • Salt -1 tsp
  • Water - as needed
  • chana dal or moong dal - 3 tbsp
For sweet version
  • Puttu flour - 1 cup
  • Grated jaggery - 1/2 cup
  • Cardamom - 2 nos (crushed)
  • Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
For spicy version
  • Puttu flour - 1 cup
  • Salt - as needed

To temper & saute

  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Big onion - 1 no (finely chopped)
  • Green chillies - 2 nos
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Coconut oil - 2 tsp
  • Crushed Cumin seeds -1 tsp

  • Take ragi flour & wheat flour,oil in a wide bowl. Mix the required salt and little water in a separate bowl. Sprinkle the salt water on ragi flour and mix well till you are able to make a shape as shown in the picture below.  Now sieve this flour using a puttu sieve(puttu salladai-with big holes) and collect the flour.

ragi-puttu-step1 ragi-puttu-step2

  • Heat water in a idli pot. Keep a small bowl inside the idli pot and put chana dal. Cover it with required water.
  • Grease idli plate with little oil and spread the puttu flour in the plate. Make some holes and Steam it for 15 minutes. By this time, dal will also be blossomed. Remove, discard the excess water in the dal and set aside.


  • Remove the flour and divide into two batches.Use one cup of flour for sweet puttu and the remaining one for spicy puttu.
  • For sweet version : Melt jaggery adding little water, strain, add cardamom powder. Add the puttu flour, half of chana dal and grated coconut. Mix well. Serve immediately.


  • For spicy version,heat oil in a kadai and temper all the above said ingredients.
  • Saute onions,chillies, ginger bits and add the ragi flour & cooked chana dal. Check for salt and add more if needed.
  • Lastly add grated coconut , mix well and serve hot !


Enjoy !


  • For variations,add sugar in place of jaggery syrup. It would be easier but addition of jaggery is healthier than sugar.
  • U can use moong dal instead of chana dal. Keep in mind, dal should not be over cooked. It should just blossom.
  • For spicy version, you can use big onions instead of small onions.

Healthy, tasty ragi puttu is ready for breakfast !

Ragi puttu recipe


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Unknown said...

super duper healthy...

Hema said...

Very healthy, would love to try both the versions..

Sundari Nathan said...

Love both the versions!!

Unknown said...

very healthy.. must try :)

Priya said...

love both versions .My mom makes it without dals ,will try adding dal the next time n use ur little tips of using seive too .

Akila said...

We nvr add kadalai paruppu.. That too in the sweet version... This is something different to try...

great-secret-of-life said...

healthy puttu.. adding bengal gram dhal is new to me..must try the savory version also

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Healthy and delicious puttu..I like the sweet version

Julie said...

lovely healthy puttu..yummy!!

Unknown said...

hey chitra.... i do make ragi puttu ...but i never mixed it with wheat flour and dhal... ill definitely try this out!!!

Unknown said...

chitra ... i never mixed it with wheat flour n dhal...let me try this!!!

ramya sasi said...

nice..need to have a try