Ragi Malt or Weight Loss Finger Millet Drink (Salty and Sweet) Step-by-step Recipe

by Rachna

Ragi is finger millet that is a supergrain. It has multiple health benefits and is widely used here in South Indian cuisine. You can check out my recipes of Ragi Rotti, Ragi Dosa. Ragi malt is also called Ragi Ambli here in Karnataka. It is made two ways — either salty or sweet.

This is a weight loss millet drink that is very healthy. You can have it in place of breakfast as it will keep you full. It is gluten free and very energising. It is also known to have a cooling effect on your body.

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Benefits of Ragi or Finger Millet

Ragi or finger millet is a wonderfood excellent for your health.

  1. It is one of the highest non-dairy sources of Calcium, excellent for our bones and teeth.
  2. It is rich in iron and hence is very useful in battling anemia. It is also high in Vitamin C, dietary fibre and protein.
  3. It keeps you full for longer as it has low glycemic index hence is useful in weight management.
  4. It is a natural source of Vitamin D and along with amino acids, it helps in keeping your skin healthy.
  5. It is also known to help prevent diabetes and regulate blood sugar effectively.
  6. It is high in antioxidants and amino acids that helps with battling anxiety and insomnia.

Hence it makes sense to include ragi or finger millet in your daily diet. I am in awe of Karnataka food where ragi is included in multiple ways in the daily diet.

how to make ragi malt

Here’s how to make ragi malt or weight loss millet drink:

Prep Time 5 minutes 

Cook Time 5 minutes 

Total Time 10 minutes 

Servings 2 people 

Calories 203 kcal 

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp ragi or finger millet powder
  • 2 cups water

For Salty version

  • 1.5 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. cilantro chopped
  • salt as per taste
  • few curry leaves chopped

For Sweet version

  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp. jaggery
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom powder

Instructions

  1. First dissolve finger millet or ragi powder in some water to make a thin paste.
  2. Heat 1.5 cups water. When it comes to a boil, add ragi mixed in water. Cook on low heat for about 3-4 minutes till you get a smooth, glossy, cooked finger millet mix. It turns dark brown in colour. Keep it aside to cool down a bit.

For Salty ragi malt

  1. Add 1.5 cups buttermilk to the cooked ragi and mix well. It should be a smooth, runny consistency and not with lumps. Add salt, chopped onions, chilli, cilantro and curry leaves. Mix well and taste. You can consume it right away or you can chill in the fridge and have. Ragi malt is ready to have.

For sweet ragi malt

  1. Add 1.5 cups cold milk to the cooked ragi. Mix well so that there are no lumps. Now add powdered jaggery/sugar and cardamom powder. Serve cold. Ragi malt is ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

  1. As ragi or finger millet does not have any taste of its own, the savoury ragi malt tastes similar to buttermilk and the sweet one similar to a milk drink.
  2. This method of making ragi malt helps you eat this wonderful millet in a very delectable manner.
  3. Your kids will enjoy having this. 
  4. You can prepare cooked ragi and keep in the fridge. That way you can quickly make sweet or savoury ragi malt when needed.
  5. You can skip any ingredient you don’t like eg. curry leaves or onions. You can also add other seasoning that you like eg. chopped mint leaves etc. 
  6. You can also add chopped nuts to your sweet version if you like.

Ragi Malt | Weight Loss Pearl Millet Drink

Rachna Parmar
Ragi malt is also known as ragi ambli in Karnataka. It is a super healthy drink that is easy to make. It helps in keeping the body cool and helps in weight loss.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Beverage, Drinks
Cuisine Indian, Karnataka | South Indian
Servings 2 people
Calories 203 kcal
people

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp ragi finger millet powder
  • 2 cups water

For Salty version

  • 1.5 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. cilantro chopped
  • salt as per taste
  • few curry leaves chopped

For Sweet version

  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp. jaggery
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom powder

Instructions
 

  • First dissolve finger millet or ragi powder in some water to make a thin paste.
  • Heat 1.5 cups water. When it comes to a boil, add ragi mixed in water. Cook on low heat for about 3-4 minutes till you get a smooth, glossy, cooked finger millet mix. It turns dark brown in colour. Keep it aside to cool down a bit.

For Salty ragi malt

  • Add 1.5 cups buttermilk to the cooked ragi and mix well. It should be a smooth, runny consistency and not with lumps. Add salt, chopped onions, chilli, cilantro and curry leaves. Mix well and taste. You can consume it right away or you can chill in the fridge and have. Ragi malt is ready to have.

For sweet ragi malt

  • Add 1.5 cups cold milk to the cooked ragi. Mix well so that there are no lumps. Now add powdered jaggery/sugar and cardamom powder. Serve cold. Ragi malt is ready to serve.

Notes

  1. As ragi or finger millet does not have any taste of its own, the savoury ragi malt tastes similar to buttermilk and the sweet one similar to a milk drink.
  2. This method of making ragi malt helps you eat this wonderful millet in a very delectable manner.
  3. Your kids will enjoy having this. 
  4. You can prepare cooked ragi and keep in the fridge. That way you can quickly make sweet or savory ragi malt when needed.
  5. You can skip any ingredient you don’t like eg. curry leaves or onions. You can also add other seasoning that you like eg. chopped mint leaves etc. 
  6. You can also add chopped nuts to your sweet version if you like.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Ragi Malt | Weight Loss Pearl Millet Drink
Amount Per Serving
Calories 203 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 283mg12%
Potassium 412mg12%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 795IU16%
Vitamin C 6.8mg8%
Calcium 297mg30%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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ragi malt

Dissolve ragi or finger millet powder in some water.

how to make ragi malt

Boil 1.5 cups of water.

ragi malt for weight loss

Add ragi mixed in water to the boiled water and cook till finger millet mix is well cooked.

Ragi malt

Mix buttermilk for savoury version (or cold milk for sweet version) to form a smooth beverage.

ragi malt for weight loss

Add curry leaves, cilantro, green chilli, onions with salt and serve ragi malt (Add jaggery and cardamom powder to the milk version for sweet ragi malt).

ragi malt for weight loss

Do make this wonderful and super healthy ragi malt done two ways. Your kids and family will enjoy it.

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Shailaja Vishwanath -

Been having ragi malt since childhood ? Growing up in Chennai, it was one of the best ways to beat the heat, especially the savoury version. Even in college, in Anantapur, in Andhra Pradesh, it was a welcome drink we’d have every day once January began. Our hostel would make a HUGE vat of this and dole out innumerable cups to all the students. Bliss!

I’ve started having ragi malt (jaggery and milk version almost daily ) for the last month now. Such a welcome and refreshing drink.

Your post reminded me of the savoury variety which my grandmother used to make and then my mom continued to make. Shall make it soon.

Agree with you on the sheer variety of ragi dishes in Karnataka.

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Rachna -

I have only started having it regularly, of late. I love it. Kids are also having it now. I do make ragi dosa and rotti regularly. But now I am making this daily. Really loving it. ?

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Image Earth Travel -

Never heard of this one Rachna! Your recipes always make me hangry!

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Obsessivemom -

Never heard of this but I’ll go looking for Ragi powder now. Seems like a good change from my regular buttermilk.

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Rajlakshmi -

the last time I tried this, it was a disaster. Maybe because I got the measurement wrong. But this time I will follow your recipe for the sweet malt. It looks so good.

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Sanch @ Sanch Writes -

I’m not sure if we get this here. Will keep an eye out for it as it does seem simple to make

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