Ragi halwa with step by step photos. Ragi halwa is a sweet dessert made from ragi flour (finger millet flour), milk, ghee, sugar, nuts and flavored with cardamom powder. It makes for a calcium rich, filling and delicious sweet that will be liked by everyone.
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.
If you are looking for an excellent source of calcium then ragi must be very high on your list. 100 grams of ragi contains approximately 350 mg of calcium.
It is a nutrient dense grain and a superfood. In South Indian cuisine you will find many recipes where ragi is used.
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 nuts too, but they are optional and you can skip them or add your preferred nuts or dry fruits. Remember to chop them and then add to the halwa.
You could make ragi halwa as a dessert and even for a sweet breakfast.
How to make Ragi Halwa
1. Heat 3 to 4 tablespoons ghee in a heavy pan or kadai. Try to use a well-seasoned heavy pan so as to avoid the halwa sticking to the pan.
2. Then add ½ cup ragi flour (nachni flour or finger millet flour). You can also use sprouted finger millet flour.
Ragi flour gets rancid quickly. So ensure that the flour does not have any rancid aroma and is within the shelf period.
3. Keep stirring the flour for 3 to 4 minutes on low heat.
4. The mixture will begin to bubble.
5. When the mixture starts bubbling, add ¼ cup of sugar. You can use raw sugar or regular sugar or you can also add jaggery or palm sugar or coconut sugar.
6. Stir and mix the sugar very well with the ragi mixture.
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.
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 halwa, till it starts thickening.
9. Soon the mixture will start leaving the edges of the pan. Now add ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder. Stir and mix well.
At this point you can also add your preferred nuts and dry fruits. Chop them and add. Some options are cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans, raisins, sultanas, pine nuts and pistachios.
10. Switch off the heat and transfer the halwa to a serving dish. As the halwa cools it will thicken more.
11. While serving garnish with finely chopped nuts. In the below photo I have garnished the halwa with finely chopped almonds and pistachios. You can also use finely chopped cashews. Serve ragi halwa warm or chilled.
It makes for a filling sweet. You can enjoy this sweet whenever hunger pangs strike you.
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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
- 6 to 7 almonds – slivered or chopped finely
- 6 to 7 pistachios – slivered or chopped finely
- Heat ghee in a pan or kadai.
- Add the ragi flour.
- Keep stirring the flour for 3 to 4 minutes on low heat. The mixture will bubble
- When the mixture starts bubbling, add sugar.
- Stir and mix very well.
- Then add 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 cardamom powder.
- Switch off the heat and transfer the 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.
- If the ragi halwa looks dry then add 1 to 2 tablespoons of hot milk.
- You can also add jaggery instead of sugar. Add jaggery as required.
- You can garnish the halwa with your choice of nuts and dry fruits.
- To make a vegan version of ragi halwa use a neutral flavored oil instead of ghee. Also add a plant based milk or water instead of milk.
Nutrition Info (Approximate values)
This Ragi Halwa post from the blog archives first published in August 2016 has been republished and updated on 30 Jun 2022.