Finger Millet (Eleusine coracana L.), also known as Ragi, is cultivated in drier parts of the world – mainly in Asia and Africa. Ragi has a distinct taste and is widely used in Southern Indian and Ethiopian dishes. Ragi is a rich source of Calcium, Iron, Protein, Fiber and other minerals. The cereal has low-fat content and contains mainly unsaturated fat. It is easy to digest and does not contain gluten; people who are sensitive to gluten can easily consume Finger Millet. Ragi is considered one of the most nutritious cereals. It has different names in local languages. It is known as Ragi in Telugu and Kannada, Kelvaragu/aariyam in Tamil, and Madua/Mangal in Hindi.
Health benefits of Ragi:
– Ragi is rich in calcium. Instead of popping a pill, you can as well substitute that with ragi kanji. Boil a glass of water, put a spoon of ragi flour into boiling water, add a little salt and let it cool. Drink it with a pinch of salt and butter milk. This will not just cool your body, but also gives you strength and cools your body.
– Ragi is best for weight loss. Make ragi balls and substitute this for rice.
– Ragi cherry is one of the best semi-solid foods that you give your kid before you get him used to solid food. It’s the best baby food in India to give make kids strong.
– Ragi is also a rich source of fiber and helps lower cholesterol level.