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CULINARY CORNER: CURATING RAGI AND OATS LADDOO DURING LOCKDOWN

28/04/2020 at 3:21 PM

Most of us have come up with very innovative dishes during the lockdown. One such curative is – ragi and oats laddoo. It is very healthy and gluten free.

Laddoo are sphere-shaped sweet meat or dessert and has its origin from India. It is prepared from various types of flours, fat and sugar. Sometimes ingredients: such as chopped nuts or dried raisins are also added. In the earlier days it was only confined to besan or Bengal Gram Flour.  At present we get quite a number variants and one of them has been Ragi and Oats laddoo – it is a very healthy dessert to binge on as snacks or even as a light dessert as it has complex carbohydrates, and healthy high-in-fibre content. It can go as one of the best desserts for diabetes challenged individuals.

Ragi or Finger millet locally known as Mandia is extremely nutritious. It resembles more like mustard seeds in appearance. Per100 g of Ragi contains about 7.3 gms of protein, 72 gms complex carbohydrates, 3.6 gms of dietary fiber and 2.7 gms of minerals. Of all the cereals and millets, finger millet has the highest amount of calcium 344 mg and potassium 408 mg. Ragi helps in weight management; controls diabetes, reduces cholesterol and  helps in bowel movement.

Oats are a whole-grain food and are a species of cereal grain grown for its seed, which is known by the same name in Odia in some places it is known as Jaba. Per 100 g of oats we get about 16.8 gms of protein, 66.3 gms of complex carbohydrates, no sugar, 10.6 gms of fiber and 6.9 gms of fat. Oats helps in controlling blood sugar, and its filling characteristics helps in weight management.

Thus this combination is a power house of complex carbohydrates and high value of other nutrients which helps in controlling diabetes.

INGREDIENTS: 100 gms Ragi (millet), 50 gms oats, jiggery, sugar or sugar free sweeteners’, as per the health permits and taste, 25 gms dry mixed nuts, 30 ml ghee (clarified butter) or oil, 1 tsp cardamom powder, 20 gms roasted melon seeds, 200 ml water or milk (preferred), 20 gms chopped dates.

METHOD: First we need to dry roast Ragi and Oats separately to remove the earthy taste from Ragi and to make Oats crunchy. Add a bit of ghee (clarified butter) or oil to a pan, when it smokes put all the dry nuts & dates into the pan and mix it well. Finally add rest of the ingredients and add milk or water gradually until it forms a smooth & Sticky paste. If need be, use your heel of the palm to make a smooth dough without any lumps – after it is taken out of the pan. Then take a small portion in hand and make smooth balls using both the palms. Before it cools completely sprinkle cardamom powder. To prevent sticking to your hands one can wet it with water or Ghee (clarified butter). Sprinkle some crushed oats on top to do a bit of garnishing and appearance.

Healthy laddoo’s

These laddoo’s can be stored in an air tight compartment to be consumed later.

Disclaimer: The dish preparation and views are done by Chef Deepak Mishra and are not that of Prameyanews.

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