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3 Easy, Nutritious Summer Ragi Millet Drinks

2020-04-11

    Easy and nutritious summer drinks with Ragi millet (nachni)

    Summer is that special period of year where we all need to be careful on the food and drinks.

    Keeping hydrated is the key element of summer and so if the drink can be made nutritious, then it will be more beneficial. Healthy and tasty summer drinks are being shared here.

    The ingredients used in the healthy drinks during summer will determine the nutrient contents. It has be carefully chosen as per each person’s requirements.

    Ragi or finger millet (nachni) is a super food which can be beneficial during the summer time.

    Some of the benefits of Ragi….

    • Cooling effect
    • High in Calcium
    • Rich in antioxidants
    • Improves immunity
    • Ideal for diabetic diet
    • Natural source of Vitamin D
    • Supports collagen and so good for skin
    • Iron rich
    • Sprouted ragi is a good source of Vitamin C

    Some similar healthy and tasty drinks are:

    Traditional Golden Turmeric Milk (Immunity Booster)

    Energy boosting Sattu sharbet

    Garden cress – oats smoothie

    Garden cress virgin mojito

    Filter coffee at home without filter

    Kadak Chai (Indian masala karak tea)

    Kashmiri Pink Tea

    Three types of ragi based health drinks are being shared here.

    How to prepare Ragi millet milk extract and its cooking !!

    Ingredients

    • Ragi / Finger millet (Nachni) – 1/2 cup

    Preparation

    Soak ragi for about 1 hour. Then grind them by adding enough water. Sieve it and this can be stored in refrigerator for about a week. Ragi powder can also be used for this recipe.

    Cook the milk extract by adding 1/2 to 1 cup of water. Cook over low flame.  If you are using ragi powder, mix it with water and cook.  Stir thoroughly to avoid lumps.  Turn off the flame when it starts to thicken. Continue stirring till it becomes a smooth paste.

    1. Mango – Ragi Smoothie

    Ingredients

    • Fresh mango – 1 no (Fresh mango or mango pulp can be used)
    • Sugar – 1 to 2 tsp (optional)
    • Milk – 1 cup
    • Cooked ragi – 2 to 3 tbsp

    Preparation

    Blend all the ingredients together. Feel free to use any fruit of your choice. You can use other additives for milk shake like condensed milk, dry fruits etc. You can add ice cream as a topping so that kids will enjoy this healthy and tasty drink, without even realizing ragi is there!!!

    2. Ragi Buttermilk

    Ingredients

    • Green chilli – 1 no
    • Shallots – 2 to 3 nos
    • Ginger – 1/2-inch piece
    • Curd – 2 tbsp
    • Cooked ragi – 2 to 3 tbsp
    • Salt – as needed
    • Water – ½ to 1 cup
    • Curry leaves – few

    Preparation

    Blend all the ingredients together. Add water to adjust the thickness This special buttermilk is ideal as a mid-meal drink. Ragi buttermilk is quite refreshing and healthy.

    3. Ragi Kheer

    Ingredients

    • Cooked ragi – 2 to 3 tbsp
    • Cardamom powder – 1 pinch
    • Honey / jaggery / sugar – 1 to 2 tsp
    • Sesame seeds – 1/2 tsp
    • Milk (Boiled) – 1 cup

    Preparation

    Mix all the ingredients together. You can add all these ingredients while cooking ragi. Optionally ghee and dry fruits can also be added. This summer keep hydrated and enjoy these special healthy drinks!!!

    Refer detailed step by step cooking video below:

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