Ragi Dosa (Finger Millet Crepes)

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Ragi Dosa is a healthy variation of dosa or crepes made with ragi seeds or ragi flour. There are many ways ragi dosa can be made. Ragi dosa recipe is gluten-free as well. I am sharing two tasty and healthy recipes in this post.

Ragi Dosa on a plate
  1. Instant Ragi Dosa – crispy dosa made quickly with ragi flour and curd.
  2. Fermented Ragi Dosa – made with ground urad dal and rice batter.

Both my recipes are tasty, plus you get a healthy ragi dosa that you can serve for breakfast, brunch or in the lunch-box.

What is Ragi

Ragi also known as Finger millet or Red millet is an ancient grain that first originated in South Africa and later came to India.

In India, Karnataka is one of the top producers of ragi. In rural areas of South Karnataka, ragi is consumed as a staple food.

These are tiny reddish seeds of the Eleusine Coracana plant. Ragi is commonly used in the cuisines of Maharashtra and Karnataka.

In Maharashtra finger millet is called as Nachni and in Karnataka as Ragi. It is also known as Mandua in Hindi, Kezhvargu in Tamil and Ragulu in Telugu.

In India ragi dishes are commonly fed to infants, lactating mothers and people recovering from illnesses. As ragi is easily digestible and very nutritious.

Ragi Health Benefits

  1. Ragi is a nutrient dense grain and a super food.
  2. It also has some essential amino acids which are required by the body.
  3. It is rich in calcium and extremely beneficial for vegans and vegetarians. Thus it aids in keeping the bones strong and prevents conditions like osteoporosis.
  4. It is the best source of calcium – 100 grams of ragi contains approximate 350 mg of calcium.
  5. As it is rich in iron it gets rid of anemia.
  6. Ragi is beneficial for folks having an aggravated pitta dosha.
  7. As ragi is cooling in nature, thus it is better to have it during the hot seasons.

Ragi Culinary Uses

In India, with ragi we make various dishes like flat breads, idli, dosa, vermicelli, pudding, porridge, sweets, cookies, cakes and even bread.

There is a special dish of ragi balls known as ragi mudde and is a speciality from the Karnataka cuisine.

Ragi ladoo, ragi bhakri (flatbreads) and ragi papad are some popular ragi recipes made in Maharashtra.

Ragi porridge (also known as ragi malt) made with milk or water and jaggery is fed to infants, kids and people recovering from illnesses.

I have also shared some healthy Ragi Recipes like:

  1. Ragi Ladoo – These are sweetened balls made with finger millet flour & jaggery.
  2. Ragi Kheer – Kheer is a creamy preparation made from milk. Here the ragi kheer is made from ragi flour, milk & nuts.
  3. Ragi Malt – This is a healthy dish which includes ragi flour, water and jaggery/sugar.
  4. Ragi Halwa – Who does not love halwa? Make this delicious Ragi halwa with ragi flour, ghee, milk and nuts.
  5. Ragi Roti – Healthy flatbreads made with a mix of finger millet flour and whole wheat flour.

Why this recipe works

This Instant Ragi Dosa recipe is a quick dish made with ragi flour, gram flour (besan), buttermilk, coconut, spices and salt. The recipe is made in about 40 Minutes and great for those super busy mornings.

The recipe is a no grind ragi dosa and very easy to make. Handy at times when you want to make a quick breakfast or brunch.

You only need to mix everything and then begin making the dosa. To quicken the process, you can use two skillets side by side to make these.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Instant Ragi Dosa

Making batter

1. Take 1 cup ragi flour (finger millet flour) and ¼ cup besan (gram flour) in a mixing bowl or pan. You can even use rice flour or chickpea flour instead of besan.

ragi flour and besan in a mixing bowl

2. Add the following ingredients:

  • ⅓ to ½ cup finely chopped onions
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves (chopped)
  • 1 green chilli (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • salt as per taste
adding onions, spices, herbs and salt to the bowl

3. Add ½ cup buttermilk and 1.5 cups water. To make the buttermilk, stir briskly ¼ cup curd (yogurt) with ¼ cup water.

TIP: You can also use the buttermilk obtained after churning butter.

Added buttermilk and water

4. Mix to a thin batter.

Mix to a thin batter

5. Add 3 tablespoons fresh grated coconut. Mix very well. Cover and let the batter rest for 15 to 20 minutes.

TIP: Add 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut if you do not fresh coconut or you can skip the coconut completely.

Add 3 tablespoons fresh grated coconut and mix

Making Ragi Dosa

6. Heat a cast-iron or non-stick tawa/skillet on medium heat. Spread some oil on the tawa.

Spread some oil on the tawa or pan

7. Before pouring batter mix very well as the flours settle on the bottom of the pan. On the medium hot tawa or skillet pour the batter from outside to inside just like you do for Rava Dosa.

Then you can gently spread the batter with the ladle. If there are some empty spots, then pour a bit of the batter in the spots to cover it.

pour ragi dosa batter

8. Let the base cook and become crisp. Sprinkle some oil on top and spread it with a spoon. Sprinkle a few drops of oil on the sides as well.

cook ragi dosa on tawa

9. When the base is golden and crisp, turn over and cook the other side. Cook till both sides are crisp and cooked well. Make all ragi dosa this way.

cook ragi dosa on tawa

10. Serve ragi dosa hot or warm.

folded ragi dosa served on a white plate with coconut chutney

Serving Suggestions

Serve ragi dosa with a potato masala (potato bhaji), any Indian veggie stir-fries, sambar or coconut chutney.

Tips

Helpful Tips

  1. Sourness: If you do not like the sourness in dosa due to the buttermilk being added, then you can add a bit of milk in combination with the buttermilk. For more sourness you can use sour curd.
  2. Replacing gram flour: You could even add rice flour instead of the besan (gram flour) in this ragi dosa recipe.
  3. Spicing it up: I have added chopped onions, green chillies, ginger to the batter to make it more wholesome and spicier. You can easily skip the onions, herbs and spices and make dosa just with ragi, besan, buttermilk and salt.
  4. Coconut: If you do not have fresh coconut, then you can add desiccated coconut or skip it completely.
  5. Sprouted ragi flour can be used instead of ragi flour.

About Fermented Variation

This healthy vegan version of ragi dosa recipe is made with fermented dosa batter like the regular dosa.

ragi dosa served on a white square plate on a red napkin with a side white bowl of green coconut chutney

Ragi or finger millet is a healthy seed and I do include them wherever I can. I make these ragi dosa with ragi flour and not the ragi seeds. However, you can make this dosa by soaking and grinding finger millet seeds.

I make both idli and dosa with this batter recipe. I have also shared the recipe of Ragi Idli made with this batter.

These ragi dosas are both crisp and soft and the idli are also soft and fluffy. So you can make both idli and dosa with this batter.

How to make Fermented Ragi Dosa

Soaking rice and lentils

1. Take 1 cup idli rice or parboiled rice (ukda chawal, sela chawal) in a bowl.

idli rice in a yellow bowl

2. Rinse the rice a couple of times. Add 1 to 1.5 cups water and keep the rice aside.

idli rice soaking in water

3. Rinse ¼ cup thick poha (flattened rice) once or twice and add to the rice bowl. Mix very well. Cover and keep aside to soak for 4 to 5 hours.

rinsed poha added

4. In another bowl take ½ cup urad dal and ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi).

urad dal and fenugreek seeds in a steel bowl

5. Rinse both for a couple of times. Then soak both the urad dal with the fenugreek seeds in 1 cup water for 4 to 5 hours.

urad dal and fenugreek seeds soaking in water

Making Batter

6. After 4 to 5 hours, drain the urad dal and add in a mixer-grinder jar. Also add water in parts. Initially, I added ¼ cup water and blend or ground for some seconds. Then I added again ¼ cup water and continued to blend.

soaked urad dal, fenugreek seeds and water in a blender

7. Grind the urad dal and methi seeds until you get a smooth and fluffy batter. While grinding, add water in parts. I added a total of ½ cup water for grinding urad dal. Once the batter is ground well, then pour the urad dal batter in a bowl or pan.

ground urad dal batter for ragi dosa recipe

8. Next drain the rice, poha and add them to the same mixer-grinder jar. Depending on your jar capacity, you can grind the rice in two to three batches.

For the first round I used ½ cup water and for the next round I added ¼ cup water. So overall I added ¾ cup water for grinding rice.

soaked rice and poha in a blender

9. Grind the rice till smooth or a fine granular consistency in the batter is also fine. While grinding, if the mixer-grinder becomes hot, then stop. Once the grinder cools down, then continue to grind.

ground rice batter for preparing ragi dosa

10. Pour the rice batter in the same bowl containing the urad dal batter.

batter for making ragi dosa recipe

11. Mix both the batters very well.

mixing the batters

12. Now add 1 cup ragi flour (nachni or finger millet flour).

ragi flour added

13. Then add ½ cup of water. You can adjust the water amount here depending on the consistency of the batter.

water added

14. Mix very well with a wired whisk or spoon or with your hands. Break the lumps if any. Mix to a smooth batter.

A bit of handwork is required while mixing the ragi flour with the dosa batter. 

Alternatively, you could mix the ragi flour in ½ cup water (preferably warm) in a separate bowl. Then add this ragi batter to dosa batter. There would be no lump formation this way and also less strain while mixing.

ragi dosa batter ready

15. Cover the bowl or pan with a lid and let it ferment overnight or for 8 to 9 hours or more depending on the temperature conditions in your city. The batter will increase in volume and double up.

ragi dosa batter in a bowl

16. The ragi dosa batter after fermentation on the next day. if the batter does not increase in volume, then just add ¼ teaspoon baking soda in the batter. Mix very well and then proceed to make ragi dosa or idli.

fermented ragi dosa batter

17. Add salt and mix very well. I added salt the next day due to it being a cold season here. In a warmer climate, add salt before you keep the batter for fermentation.

salt added to ragi dosa batter

Cooking Ragi Dosa

18. Heat an iron skillet or tawa or a non-stick pan. Dip half of an onion in oil and smear the oil on the iron tawa or griddle. If using non-stick pan, then don’t smear oil.

oil on a black skillet

19. Pour a ladle of the batter and quickly spread the dosa with the help of ladle in a circular motion.

batter spread to a round shape

20. Let the one side cook. Drizzle with ½ to 1 teaspoon oil on the top and sides.

ragi dosa being cooked on skillet

21. Flip and cook the other side of nachni dosa till crisp and browned. instead of cooking the dosa on both sides, you can just cook one side.

ragi dosa flipped

22. When both the sides are cooked and crisp, remove the dosa.

ragi dosa folded and ready to be served

23. Serve this healthy fermented ragi dosa hot or warm. Any leftover batter can be refrigerated for a couple of days or frozen for about a month.

ragi dosa served on a white square plate on a red napkin with a side white bowl of green coconut chutney

Serving suggestions

Like regular dosa, these ragi dosa also go well with coconut chutney and sambar or even idli-dosa podi (dry chutney). I had served these with coconut garlic chutney.

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folded ragi dosa served on a white plate with coconut chutney

Instant Ragi Dosa

4.85 from 20 votes
Ragi Dosa are crepes made from ragi flour. This Instant Ragi Dosa recipe is quick and made with ragi flour (finger millet flour), gram flour, buttermilk, onions, ginger, spices and coconut.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Cuisine South Indian
Course: Breakfast
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Difficulty Level: Easy

Servings 3
Units

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ragi flour or sprouted ragi flour (finger millet flour) – 150 grams
  • ¼ cup besan (gram flour) or rice flour
  • ⅓ to ½ cup finely chopped onions
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped ginger or ½ inch ginger
  • ½ teaspoon chopped green chillies or 1 green chilli or serrano pepper, chopped
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves – chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (cilantro)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 pinch asafoetida – optional
  • 3 tablespoons fresh grated coconut or desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup buttermilk or ¼ cup curd (yogurt) mixed in ¼ cup water
  • 1.5 cups water or add as required
  • salt as required
  • oil or ghee as required for cooking

Instructions

Making Batter

  • Take ragi flour and besan (gram flour) in a mixing bowl or pan. You can even use rice flour or chickpea flour instead of besan. 
  • Add finely chopped onions, finely chopped ginger, chopped curry leaves, chopped green chillies, chopped coriander leaves, asafoetida, cumin seeds, grated coconut and salt as per taste. 
  • Add buttermilk and 1.5 cups water. To make the buttermilk, stir briskly ¼ cup curd with ¼ cup water. 
  • Mix very well to a thin batter. 
  • Cover and let the batter rest for 15 to 20 minutes. 

Cooking Ragi Dosa

  • Heat a tawa or a skillet on medium flame. Spread some oil on the tawa. 
  • Before pouring batter mix very well as the flours settle on the bottom of the pan. On the medium hot tawa or skillet pour the batter from outside to inside just like you do for rava dosa. Then you can gently spread the batter with the ladle.
  • Let the base cook and become crisp. Sprinkle some oil on top and spread it with a spoon. Sprinkle a few drops of oil on the sides of the dosa as well.
  • When the base is golden and crisp, turn over and cook the other side. Cook till both sides are crisp and cooked well. Make all ragi dosa this way. 
  • Serve ragi dosa hot or warm.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve ragi dosa with any potato masala, vegetable dish, sambar or coconut chutney.

Notes

  1. Sourness: If you do not like the sourness in dosa due to the buttermilk being added, then you can add a bit of milk along with the buttermilk. For more sourness you can use sour curd.
  2. Replacing gram flour: Use rice flour instead of the besan (gram flour).
  3. Spicing: I have added chopped onions, green chillies, ginger to the batter to make it more wholesome and spicier. You can easily skip the onions, herbs and spices and make dosa just with ragi, besan, buttermilk and salt. About ¼ to ½ teaspoon of crushed black pepper can also be added.
  4. Coconut: Add desiccated coconut in place of fresh grated coconut or skip it completely.
  5. Sprouted ragi flour can be used instead of ragi flour.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Instant Ragi Dosa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 345 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 502mg22%
Potassium 484mg14%
Carbohydrates 67g22%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 194IU4%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 32mg160%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin B12 1µg17%
Vitamin C 56mg68%
Vitamin D 1µg7%
Vitamin K 1µg1%
Calcium 336mg34%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 333µg83%
Iron 6mg33%
Magnesium 115mg29%
Phosphorus 268mg27%
Zinc 2mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Fermented Ragi Dosa Recipe

4.91 from 11 votes
This vegan ragi dosa is a healthy and fermented dosa variety made with ragi flour, urad dal and idli rice. The ingredients are ground and then fermented to make crisp dosas.
Prep Time 9 hrs
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 9 hrs 30 mins

Cuisine South Indian
Course: Breakfast
Diet: Vegan
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Servings 5
Units

Ingredients

  • 1 cup idli rice or parboiled rice or 200 grams
  • ½ cup urad dal (husked black grams) or 100 to 120 grams
  • ¼ cup poha (flattened rice)
  • 1 cup ragi flour (nachni or finger millet flour) or 120 grams
  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi seeds)
  • ½ cup water – for grinding urad dal or add as required
  • ¾ cup water – for grinding rice or add as required
  • ⅓ to ½ cup water – to be added later whiling mixing ragi flour
  • 1 teaspoon rock salt (edible and food grade) – food grade and edible (sendha namak) or sea salt – add as required
  • oil – as required for making dosa

Instructions

Soaking

  • In a bowl, rinse and then soak the rice with poha for 3 to 4 hours.
  • In another bowl, rinse and soak the urad dal with the fenugreek seeds for 3 to 4 hours.

Making batter

  • Drain the rice & poha and then in a wet grinder, first grind the rice and poha, adding about ¾ cup water till smooth. A fine granular consistency is also fine.
  • Pour the rice batter in a deep bowl. Remove the batter clinging at the sides with a spatula and add in the bowl.
  • Drain the urad dal. Then in the same grinder grind the urad dal and methi seeds till you get a smooth and fluffy batter. Add ½ cup water in parts while grinding the urad dal.
  • Pour the urad dal batter in the same deep bowl. Mix well.
  • Add the ragi flour and ⅓ to ½ cup water. Again mix very well. There should be no lumps in the batter.
  • Stir in salt. Close the bowl with a lid. Not airtight but just kept over it.
  • Keep the ragi dosa batter in a warm place for 8 to 9 hours or more till the batter doubles up and is well fermented.
  • If the batter does not increase in volume, then just add 1.5 to 2 tbsp yogurt and ¼ tsp baking soda in the batter. Stir and let it sit for some 30 minutes more and then proceed making with the dosa or idli.

Cooking ragi dosa

  • Heat a iron griddle or tava or a non stick pan. Dip half of an onion in oil and smear the oil on the iron tava or griddle. If using non stick pan, then don’t smear oil.
  • Pour a ladle of the batter and quickly spread the dosa with the help of ladle in a circular motion.
  • Let the one side cook. Drizzle with ½ to 1 tsp oil on the top and sides.
  • Flip and cook the other side of dosa till crisp and browned.
  • Instead of cooking the ragi dosa on both sides, you can just cook one side.
  • For cooking only on once side, after spreading the dosa batter on the hot tava, sprinkle oil on sides and top.
  • Cover the dosa with a lid and cook till the base gets golden and the top is also cooked.
  • Remove and serve the ragi dosa hot with coconut chutney and vegetable sambar.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Fermented Ragi Dosa Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 478mg21%
Potassium 246mg7%
Carbohydrates 81g27%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Calcium 188mg19%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 12µg3%
Iron 4mg22%
Magnesium 76mg19%
Phosphorus 187mg19%
Zinc 2mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  2. Hello Dasanna,

    I always follow your receipes. But this ragi dosa receipe i am bit confused. You said it is good for vegans also, but i find buttermilk in that. What substitute i can use for buttermilk, since i am following vegan diet5 stars

    1. Ragi as a flour or grain is extremely good for both vegans and vegetarians. For a vegan version, just use water and add about ½ to 1 teaspoon lemon juice for that sour taste. You can even use cashew yogurt or almond yogurt. Another good option would be to use thin coconut milk. Here too for the that light tang you can add a bit of lemon juice.

  3. today in dinner i tried ragi dosa from your recipes it is just awesome came out so good… everyone loved it5 stars

    1. thanks for sharing this sweta. glad to know ragi dosa was liked by everyone.

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