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Ragi halwa recipe With step by step photos. Ragi halwa is a sweet dessert made from ragi flour (finger millet flour), milk, ghee, sugar and cardamom powder.

Since many of you have asked me to add ragi recipes, I am adding them one by one. Ragi is a wonder millet grain and is also known as nachni or red millet. nachni has great benefits as its loaded with calcium and rich in minerals. In India ragi is consumed in the form of ragi mudde, Ragi ladoo, Ragi kheer, ragi dosa, ragi idli, ragi roti etc.

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ragi halwa recipe

I am sharing here the way I learnt to make ragi halwa from my mom. Here I have used used milk and ghee to prepare this halwa. Ghee gives a lovely aroma and flavor. Milk gives a good taste. Ragi halwa is a healthy sweet for toddlers and kids. I have added some dry fruits too, but they are optional and you can skip them.

You could make ragi halwa as a dessert and even for a sweet breakfast.

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Ragi Halwa

4.86 from 7 votes
Ragi halwa is a sweet dessert made from ragi flour, ghee, sugar and milk.
ragi halwa recipe, nachni halwa recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:20 mins
Servings (change the number to scale):2 to 3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


for ragi halwa

  • ½ cup ragi (nachni flour or finger millet flour). i used organic ragi flour
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 cup hot milk
  • ¼ cup sugar, i used organic sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder

for garnishing ragi halwa

  • 6 to 7 almonds - slivered or chopped finely
  • 6 to 7 pistachios - slivered or chopped finely


  • Heat ghee in a pan.
  • Then add 1/2 cup ragi flour.
  • Keep stirring the flour for 3 to 4 mins on low heat. The mixture will bubble
  • When the mixture starts bubbling, add 1/4 cup sugar.
  • Stir very well.
  • Then add 1 cup of hot milk. The milk has to be hot. So heat the milk separately in another pan.
  • Continue stirring the ragi halwa, till it starts thickening.
  • Soon the mixture will start leaving the edges of the pan. Now sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder.
  • Switch off the flame and transfer the ragi halwa to a serving dish. 
  • As the ragi halwa cools, it will thicken more. Garnish with chopped dry fruits. 
  • Serve ragi halwa warm or at room temperature.


1. If the ragi halwa looks dry then add 1 to 2 tablespoons of hot milk.
2. You can also add jaggery instead of sugar. Add jaggery as required.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Ragi Halwa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 568 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 59mg3%
Potassium 455mg13%
Carbohydrates 75g25%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 800IU16%
Calcium 349mg35%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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How to make ragi halwa recipe

1. Heat 3 to 4 tablespoons ghee in a pan.

ghee for ragi halwa recipe

2. Then add ½ cup ragi flour (nachni flour or finger millet flour).

ragi flour for ragi halwa recipe

3. Keep stirring the flour for 3 to 4 mins on low flame.

ragi flour to make ragi halwa recipe

4. The mixture will begin to bubble.

making ragi halwa recipe

5. When the mixture starts bubbling, add ¼ cup sugar.

sugar for ragi halwa recipe

6. Stir and mix the sugar very well with the ragi mixture.

sugar to make ragi halwa recipe

7. Now add 1 cup of hot milk. The milk has to be hot before you add. So heat the milk separately in a small pan till it becomes hot.

milk for ragi halwa recipe

8. When you add the milk, stir also at the same time. Keep on stirring while adding milk. Continue to stir even after all the milk has been added. Continue stirring the ragi halwa, till it starts thickening.

making ragi halwa recipe

9. Soon the mixture will start leaving the edges of the pan. Now add ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder. Mix well.

halwa mixture - ragi halwa recipe
10. Switch off the flame and transfer the ragi halwa to a serving dish. As the halwa cools it will thicken more.

preparing ragi halwa recipe

11. Garnish with chopped dry fruits. Serve ragi halwa warm or chilled.

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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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22 comments/reviews

  1. Hi Dassana just made ragi halwa for lunch my one year daughter and me both just loved it thanks for the recipe i usually make with jaggery but this one was super easy and yumm.

    Thanks ????5 stars

    • thanks sheetal for the review and glad to read your feedback. welcome and happy cooking.

  2. Tried it. Very tasty. Thanks for sharing Dassana????????

    • welcome bindu and thanks for the feedback on ragi halwa.

  3. Hi,
    I just saw your same Ragi Halwa under the name of Preethi in a website.
    I thought of jest letting you know, I dont know if it is you posting the same photos and recipes. I was just concerned if somebody was copying your content.

    • Thanks Priya for letting me know about it. There are many websites who are doing it. They are not only copying recipes word by word and photos from this blog but also from many other food blogs. Its a waste of time to contact them and remove the copied content. Because many such sites are mushrooming these days. I have deleted the link from your comment. Thanks again for your gesture and concern.

  4. Hi
    I made this recipe but changed it quite a bit to cater for my son when he was 6 months old. Instead of sugar I would add dates puree and instead of milk, hot water. It turns out amazing and a very good “first food” for little ones.

    When he grows up, will try this recipe as well:)

    Could you post some ragi cookies recipe please? I tried them from different websites but they didn’t out well. I guess I am used to your method of cooking; )
    Thank you!5 stars

    • thanks jinal for sharing this healthy variation. it will help the readers. i have got many requests for ragi cookies, so i will try to add them. thanks again.

  5. Hi Dassana,

    Do you have nachni duddali recipe? It’s similar to this however it requires nachni instead of nachni flour, I think. Please do post the recipe if you can?5 stars

    • Rida, i know the method but i have not posted the recipe. will try to add.

  6. Hi,

    Is it okay to use roasted ragi flour?

    • yes you can use roasted ragi flour, but then no need to roast it much in ghee. you can only roast for about 2 minutes.

      • Thanks a lot. 🙂 shall try it today.

        • welcome shalmika. do let me know how the ragi halwa turns out for you.

  7. We made it today and it is yummy…..so tasty….. Thanks for the recipe

    • welcome shareena and glad to know.

  8. Nice……is it compulsory to use non stick pan….5 stars

    • not compulsory. you can use a good heavy iron kadai too. but avoid steel ones as the flour can get burnt.

  9. Hi,

    I was looking for this receipe from a long time. Thanks for posting it dear.

    Can we add milk before adding sugar so that ragi flour get cooked completely with milk first ?4 stars

    • welcome rubina. you can add milk before adding sugar.

  10. very nice and nutritious too

    • thanks bhawna.