Food and Nutrition

Ragi: A wonder grain for your toddler

Priya Mankotia
1 to 3 years

Created by Priya Mankotia
Updated on Jul 04, 2017

Ragi A wonder grain for your toddler

Ragi also known as Finger Millet is a wonder grain for its many benefits and nutritious qualities. Its most commonly found in South India, many people mistake it for Rai (black mustard seeds) as it resembles a lot.

Ragi contains important amino acids such as, isoleucine, leucine, methionine and phenyl alanine that are not present in other starchy meals. It has the highest amount of calcium (344 mg %) and potassium (408 mg %). Ragi is a great source of iron making it beneficial for individuals with low haemoglobin levels.

Benefits of Ragi for Babies, Toddlers  

  1. High Nutritional Content: Rago powder is rich in nutritional contents
  2. Easily Digestible
  3. Curbs Appetite
  4. Makes Babies Feel Fuller
  5. Prevents Iron And Calcium Deficiencies
  6. Enhances Immunity

Ragi has the ability to keep your system warm so it can also be given in winters to your child, but it should be given in the right way and in the right quantity.

In fact I have been giving Ragi to my daughter since her first weaning food. Believe me i never had any problem of giving her in any season and due to its high nutritional value I’m somehow not worried about my daughter’s nutrition.

These few things can be given during monsoon and even in winter

Ragi Halwa:

  • Take Ragi flour and ghee.
  • Mix the ghee and flour and cook until it turns little brown,
  • add jaggery and boiled water
  • and stir until water disappears.
  • You can add dry fruit powder for toddlers

 

 

Ragi Banana Pancakes:

  • Ragi flour - ½ cup
  • Organic Jaggery powder - 1 to 2 tbsp (optional)
  • Cocount scrapped - 2 tbsp
  • Banana - 1  medium sized (mashed)
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Cashews - 1 tbsp (optional)
  • Water - as needed
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Oil/ghee - for making pancake

Method

  • Measure Ragi flour , coconut & Jaggery. Keep it ready. Mash the bananas with fork and set aside.
  • Take jaggery in a sauce pan & add water till it immersed level. Heat the jaggery until it melts completely. Strain the jaggery water using a strainer to remove impurities. Set aside.
  • In a vessel, add Ragi flour, jaggery water, and scrapped coconut, crushed cardamom and mashed banana. Add water little by little and mix well so that no lumps are formed. The batter should be like regular dosa batter consistency neither too thick nor runny. Finally add cashews to the batter and mix well. Set aside.
  • Heat a dosa tawa, add a ladle of batter to it and spread it to form a circle. Don't spread too much. Sprinkle ghee or oil. Cook until brown on one side for five minutes and flip the dosa. Cook for a minute and remove from tawa. Repeat the same process for the remaining batter

 

Ragi Dosa

Ingredients

  • Ragi flour/ Finger milletflour - 1/2 cup
  • Wheat flour - 1/4 cup
  • Onion - 1
  • Green chilli - 1
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Cumin/ jeera - 1 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
  • Butter milk(optional) or water - As needed

 

Method

  • Take Ragi, wheat flour, chopped onions, green chilli, torn curry leaves, cumin, salt in a bowl and add enough butter milk or water to make thin batter.
  • Heat dosa pan, drizzle with oil and pour as we do for rava dosa, drizzle some more oil and cook both sides in medium flame.

 

For Ragi Batter:

  • 2cups Ragi/Finger millet
  • 2cups Brown rice
  • 1cup Urad dal
  • 1/2tsp Fenugreek seeds

Method

  • Wash well and soak the finger millets with enough water for 5-6hours.
  • Soak the rice and urad dal with fenugreek seeds separately for 4-3hours.
  • Drain the water from urad dal and grind it as fine paste.
  • Transfer the urad dal batter to a vessel and grind now both the soaked finger millets and brown rice.
  • Grind them as bit coarse paste.
  • Now mix both the urad dal batter with rice-finger millet batter, add salt and keep aside for overnight.
  • After fermentation, give a stir and cook as dosas or idlies.
  • After three days, the batter can be prepared as uthappams.

For uthappams:

  • Ragi batter (as per need)
  • 1/2cup Grated carrot
  • 1/2cup Bell-peppers (red & green chopped finely)
  • Salt
  • Oil for drizzling

Method

  • Take the grated carrot, chopped bell-peppers in a bowl, add salt, mix well, don’t add to much of salt, coz the batter will have salt already.
  • Heat your usual dosa tawa, rub it gently with few drops of oil.
  • Once the tawa is hot, pour ladle of ragi batter and spread as thick dosa, don’t spread it thin.

 

  • Drizzle oil on the sides.
  • Sprinkle the carrot, bell-pepper mixture generously over the dosa, give a press with a spatula.
  • Once the dosa gets well cooked, flip the dosa and turn it to other side to cook.
  • Drizzle some oil and let it cook well.
  • When the other side gets cooked well, remove the uthappam from the tawa.
  • Serve immediately with chutney, sambar or Kuzhambu.

Ragi flour can be used to make flat breads, chappatis, dosas, idlis. Because of its high nutritional content ragi flour is recommended as a weaning food especially in the south India.

I keep Ragi flour in my house like we keep wheat flour and at times i just mix a spoon or so in anything like poori or chappati while preparing for my daughter.

Did you like the Ragi recipes shared here? Please do share your views and feedback here as we would to love to hear your views as well.

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| Mar 22, 2018

Can ragi be given in milk to baby..

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| Mar 22, 2018

Can ragi be given in milk...

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| Feb 13, 2018

very useful blog a big thank u

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| Feb 04, 2018

Hi my son is 2years 8months he want eat anything on his own he want even bite fruits and vegetables all should be mashed for him..... If their is any solution Plzzz inform me....

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| Feb 03, 2018

Does ragi cause cold cough for a 17 months old baby?

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| Feb 01, 2018

Good information

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| Nov 16, 2017

Can ragi be consumed by toddlers if they have constipation problems too?

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| Nov 14, 2017

Thank you Mam

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| Nov 14, 2017

Thank you. Mam

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| Oct 20, 2017

thank u for recipes mam

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| Oct 16, 2017

or how can i make the flour from the grain???????

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| Oct 16, 2017

i m also giving to my baby. i have ragi in d grain form .do any1 have recipe for ragi in grain form.......

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| Oct 13, 2017

It's really good information. ..for me. ..thank you. ..

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| Oct 11, 2017

iBook . l m n78uuuuu8uĺ hmmmm lkjooolklk ?

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| Oct 11, 2017

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| Oct 11, 2017

will try ragi dosa

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| Aug 23, 2017

Nice recepies...

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| Aug 23, 2017

I forgot to rost the ragi is it ok

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| Aug 16, 2017

yummy recipes n thx for sharing it

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| Aug 16, 2017

yummy recipes n thx for sharing it

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| Aug 16, 2017

yummy recipes n thx for sharing it

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| Aug 09, 2017

is the ragi flour available in any department store?thanks

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| Aug 05, 2017

lv HK Kyushu's uuuh Ok? j j j j I+joijk

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| Aug 05, 2017

it's very nice...... thanks

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| Aug 05, 2017

thanks for the good idea

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| Aug 05, 2017

thanks for recipes

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| Aug 05, 2017

wow nice

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| Aug 05, 2017

Hmm this option I'll pull l pill poop I cgll

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| Aug 05, 2017

thank u so much for recipes. i want to make my children to eat ragi. but was unable to understand how to give it. but now this recipe was helpful for me to give them the ragi. thanks a lot

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| Aug 05, 2017

plz... suggest me... how to use makhana? ..lotus seeds?

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| Aug 05, 2017

i tried this winter for my son when he was 9 months but it did not suit him. now he is 1yr 11months now can i try on it.

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| Aug 05, 2017

i also... give my baby..

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| Aug 05, 2017

please suggest some diet for my 1 yr 2 month baby. can we use mosquiti repellent cream to avoid mosquito binding

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| Aug 05, 2017

thanks..

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| Aug 05, 2017

thanks for useful information

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| Aug 05, 2017

Youngtown I te

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| Jul 29, 2017

i stopped giving it in winter, but after reading this i should continue

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| Jul 29, 2017

Thank you for information & easy recipes.

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| Jul 29, 2017

Thank you..

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| Jul 26, 2017

thanq for gud recipe

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| Jul 23, 2017

Thank you for your wonderful ideas

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| Jul 23, 2017

Very nice

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| Jul 22, 2017

nice recipe

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| Jul 21, 2017

nice recipes... thanx

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| Jul 21, 2017

thanks

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| Jul 20, 2017

unique recipe thanks

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| Jul 20, 2017

very nice

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| Jul 18, 2017

thanks

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| Jul 11, 2017

thanks for receipe

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| Jul 10, 2017

thanks for recipe. i learnt New recipe of ragi

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| Jul 10, 2017

Thanks for this recipe first time I come to know about ragi flour

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| Jul 09, 2017

Thanks for the recipes it's very helpful

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| Jul 09, 2017

thanks for info n recipes its very helpful

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| Jul 08, 2017

Even I give it to my daughters daily in the morning as a replacement of milk even if they have cold or cough or what ever. thanks again priya for sharing different kinds of recipes as I used to give only sweet ragi porridge daily. will try the other ones.

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| Jul 08, 2017

I give it to my daughter everyday whether she is not well also

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| Jul 08, 2017

Thank you all. As mentioned Ragi can be given as weaning food to a baby as well as to the kids. It does not lead to cold if given in the right way. Pls read the blog.. u can give ragi halwa etc

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| Jul 08, 2017

Is ragi cold or hot in nature... Does giving ragi cause cold

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| Jul 08, 2017

pls reply

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| Jul 08, 2017

should I given ragi to my 1year old baby,during cold and cough??

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| Jul 08, 2017

thank you... for nice information's and good recipe

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| Jul 08, 2017

Does ragi leads to cold?

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| Jul 07, 2017

You can start from 6 months onwards..

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| Jul 07, 2017

At what age ragi is given??

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| Jul 07, 2017

At what age ragi is given??

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| Jul 07, 2017

ragi is very nutritional food... for every one in family... thank you Priya for yummy recipes... :-)

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| Jul 07, 2017

what is ragi exactly in hindi

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| Jul 07, 2017

Its the best food for babies n for the whole family overall. Very nutritious and delicious. Thanx for the variety of recipes. Will try it surely.

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| Jul 07, 2017

thanks for dffrnt recipe. myself also give ragi malt to my two n half yrs baby since she is 10 month ,she loved it very much...

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| Jul 06, 2017

Thanks a lot, very helpful recipes

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| Jul 06, 2017

super idea really I don't know this now I will try it for my children

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| Jul 06, 2017

what is the right time to give ragi malt my daughter is 5yr old, how much quantity do I need to give her?

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| Jul 06, 2017

nice recipes

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| Jul 06, 2017

excellent, ragi is really a miracle food. very good for health. I myself took ragi malt when I was pregnant n now I give ragi porridge daily to both my kids, believe me it will do wonders for the kid. thank you for the different kinds of recipes with ragi.

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| Jul 06, 2017

Good one! If ragi is sprouted and used for doss it'll be easily digestible.

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| Jul 05, 2017

it's really useful for kids diet.... very interesting..

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| Jul 05, 2017

ty... m going to try this.

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| Jul 05, 2017

Thank you all.. ragi should be given to babies right from weaning for its known qualities.

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| Jul 05, 2017

Thank you so much will try it definitely

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| Jul 05, 2017

Thank you so much will try it definitely

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| Jul 05, 2017

Thanks.... my baby loves ragi

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| Jul 05, 2017

these are really very good recipes ..I am gonna try this. ..

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| Jul 05, 2017

Thanks Priya... Your recipes are really nice, will try for my toddlers... I have twins a boy n a girl .My son is a fussy eater, he is not interested in meals , May be this new recipes will work wonders for me.

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| Jul 05, 2017

Amazing..

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| Jul 05, 2017

hey fatema, it's also called as Nachni

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| Jul 05, 2017

Awesome ideas ...thank you !

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| Jul 05, 2017

is there any other name for Ragi..... as I m not able to find it in my town

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| Jul 05, 2017

nice post

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| Jul 05, 2017

Bhagavatam.. you can try apple but with banana the taste goes really well

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| Jul 05, 2017

To prepare sprouted ragi flour. Clean and soak it for half an hour. Tie it in a Muslim cloth and keep in warm place overnight or until the sprouts are out. Then dry it under the sun for half hour covered with a cloth. Than roast it for 2 mins, let it cool and grind it

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| Jul 05, 2017

Hari.. you may pls consult the doctor

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| Jul 05, 2017

Poorni. For pooris you can do 60 40 ratio. 60% ragi flour and 40% atta and knead it well

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| Jul 05, 2017

Hi Priti, I don't know what's it called in Gujarati. But you can order it online as the flour is available

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| Jul 05, 2017

Thank u everyone for loving the blog..

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| Jul 05, 2017

Awesome badhiya..

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| Jul 05, 2017

My son is goin to b 1 on 26 July. what should I add in his eating routine. can u please tell me what Ragi is called in gujarati.

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| Jul 05, 2017

awesome.....

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| Jul 05, 2017

wowww.. love the recipes.. can we make puris too with ragi flour??do we have to add atta??if yes,pls tell the proportion of ragi and atta:)thankyou.

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| Jul 05, 2017

will try one of it right now

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| Jul 05, 2017

very useful information.... keep posting :)

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| Jul 05, 2017

I have been giving him raagi from 6 months.... I prepare home made powder without sprouting ragi. till now his digestion is good... but some where I have a doubt that raagi creates indigestion problem which leads to kidney problems in future.... is this really true?? pls suggest

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| Jul 05, 2017

very helpful article..

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| Jul 05, 2017

thanks for the wonderful recipes...

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| Jul 05, 2017

good recipes............ will try

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| Jul 05, 2017

thanks for the recipes.. I will try.. for my daughter..

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| Jul 04, 2017

Thankyou for such wonderful recipes..... will try

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| Jul 04, 2017

Thankyou for such wonderful recipes..... will try

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| Jul 04, 2017

Better to prepare at home. v have to soak ragi in water whole night,then strain the water. later let them sprouted by tighing them in a cloth. after sprouting let them air dry n then add to blender to make fine powder. sprouted ragi powder is easily digestible for babies

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| Jul 04, 2017

Amazing research

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| Jul 04, 2017

Very useful blog. Thanks for sharing

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| Jul 04, 2017

Is the flour available in the shops is not ok? If not how to make it at home?

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| Jul 04, 2017

I have tried for my baby when he is at 10 months but he got rashes on his face so I stopped giving him. But he is 15 months old now can I try again??? Or he faces the same again???

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| Jul 04, 2017

at which time we have to give items

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| Jul 04, 2017

ragi easy avalable he nhi hai ?

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| Jul 04, 2017

Ragi is a very nutritional I have been giving my baby from his 7th month but in a porridge form will try the other recipes mentioned thank you. One question can we mix other fruits like apple, peer in place of banana?

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| Jul 04, 2017

The much-awaited blog. Thanks for sharing Pooja Mankotia!

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| Jul 04, 2017

Thanks a ton. Appreciate that you shared recipes as well.

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| Jul 04, 2017

Nice and healthy recipes of Ragi, thanks for Sharing nutritional values of ragi , its really wonderful grain. Will try Ragi Banana pancakes.

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