Ragi Malt | How to Make Ragi Malt

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 in weight loss.

Course Beverage, Drinks
Cuisine Indian, Karnataka | South Indian
Keyword how to make ragi malt, ragi ambli, ragi malt, ragi malt for weight loss
recipe ragi ambli, ragi malt
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 203 kcal
Author Rachna Parmar


  • 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


  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 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. 
Nutrition Facts
Ragi Malt | How to Make Ragi Malt
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.