An authentic, healthy and easy breakfast, among most of the south Indian families. Sweet pidi kozhukattai is usually done with rice flour, but rarely in ragi/finger millet flour. I thought of trying it in ragi flour, because when compared to all the millets, this ragi/finger millet has some wonderful taste which my family loves a lot. Also it is loaded with nutrients like calcium, proteins, iron and minerals. It is rich in fiber and contains less unsaturated fat.
Health Benefits of Ragi: It helps in reducing weight and also helps in the treatment of osteoporosis, controls diabetics, increases bone strength, reduces bad cholesterol, aids relaxation, treats anemia, helps in lactation, reverts skin aging and so on.
Let us move on to the recipe…
- Ragi flour – 1 cup
- Jaggery syrup – ½ cup
- Coconut (grated) – ¼ cup
- Moong dal/Green gram dal/Paasi parruppu – ¼ cup
- Salt – a pinch
- Prepare Jaggery Syrup, Check out this link for preparation methods:
- Boil the moong dal (it should not be in mashing consistency, but should be boiled).
- In a wide mouth bowl, take ragi flour, grated coconut, a pinch of salt and boiled moong dal. Stir it well.
- Pour in the jaggery syrup little by little and mix it well with your hands. (you should be able to shape it and then break it to pieces – consistency of the flour).
- Now take a small portion of flour and press it within your palms or make to round shape as you desire.
- Steam the shaped kozhukattai in the steamer for about 8 to 10 mins.
- Remove the lid and transfer it to a plate.
Check out this link for Jaggery Syrup: https://madraasi.com/2014/09/08/jaggery-dip/.