Finger Millet Balls (Ragi Mudde)

Finger Millet flour is also know as Ragi in India. This flour is known to be rich in calcium, iron and fibre. Here's the recipe for a popular South Indian breakfast dish known as Ragi Mudde or the Finger Millet flour balls. In the past this dish was commonly eaten by farmers as it was their key source for minerals. 

Over the past decade or so, this dish is being more commonly eaten by all especially due to its health benefits. These balls by themselves are bland hence they are best eaten with a Spinach Lentil Gravy. The recipe for the spinach lentil gravy is in the 'Notes' Section of the recipe.


Ingredients:
Finger Millet (Ragi) flour1 cup
Salt1 tsp
Water2 cups

Method:
  1. Mix the flour: Mix the Finger Millet flour, salt and 1 cup of water in a bowl making sure that there are no lumps in the mixture. 
  2. Cook the flour: Heat the remaining one cup of water in a pan. Once the water boils, add the Finger millet mixture slowly and stir it into the water. Keep stirring the mixture to make sure there are no lumps and cook till the flour forms a dough sort of consistency. The dough should not be chewy and stick to your teeth, if it does, continue to cook for longer. This generally takes around 20 minutes of cooking in a medium flame. 
  3. Roll the balls: Let the mixture cool slightly and then divide it and make balls the size of a tennis ball. The Finger millet balls are ready to be served. 

Notes:
  1. Its important that you make the balls when the flour mixture is still warm. This might be a little difficult. Keep dipping your hand in a bowl of cold water and this will help to roll the balls.
  2. These finger millet balls are best served with a dollop of ghee and a thin spinach lentil gravy. Check out our Spinach Lentil Gravy recipe.

How to eat Ragi Mudde (Finger millet balls) with Sopinna Saaru (Spinach Lentil Gravy)?
This dish is best eaten with hand. Pinch a part of the finger millet ball and dunk it into the spinach lentil gravy. Roll and coat the ball with the gravy and scoop it straight into your mouth. Roll it over your tongue and swallow it. It will melt in your mouth is what my husband tells me.. He should know as he this is a dish close to him from his childhood.

Savour the different textures and flavours of the dish... the sweet spicy gravy with the sticky finger millet texture and the soft silky smooth spinach and the tender yet firm cooked lentils. Can healthy food give so much bliss?? 

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