Ragi Kheer | Ragi Pudding

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Millets are a class of cereal crops that have been an important indigenous foodstuff for us Indians. This family consists of nutritious grains that are used to make many Indian dishes. Some of these are finger millet (ragi/nachni), barley (jau), amaranth (rajgira), sorghum (jowar) and pearl millet (bajra), which also fall under the category of ancient grains of India. This Ragi Kheer (or Ragi Pudding) is made with the flour of the finger millet. It is a simple, quick and really tasty dessert.

top shot of ragi kheer served in bowls kept on a wooden table with text layovers.

About Ragi Kheer

Ragi Kheer is that Indian dessert which you can sometimes prepare easily at home over your regular rice kheer, and enjoy with your loved ones. All you need for this pudding is ragi or nachni flour (finger millet flour), milk, sugar, ghee, your basic flavorings and some nuts.

This Ragi Kheer recipe is supremely easy and gets made within 30 minutes. You can even skip adding the dry fruits and saffron if you wish to. This sweet dish is also gluten-free and quite a hearty one. Have it in breakfast or as an after-meal dessert.

The Ragi Pudding mixture should be lump-free while cooking. To avoid the lumps, add hot milk in batches and keep stirring very well. If you add milk at room temperature, there are high chances of lump formation.

Ragi is a healthy millet rich in proteins, fibre, calcium and iron. Also known as the ‘wonder grain’ for weight loss. Really helpful for people with diabetes and babies. Ragi Porridge is a popular and healthy food given to kids.

Thus, it’s always a good idea to include ragi/nachni regularly in your diet. Other than this nutritious Ragi Kheer, you can make Ragi Ladoo, Ragi Dosa and Ragi Mudde. While making your chapati and roti too, add some ragi flour in the dough and make Ragi Roti.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Ragi Kheer

Boil Milk and Roast Ragi Flour

1. Firstly, heat 1.5 cups of whole milk in a thick bottomed pan till it comes to a boil. Set aside.

heating milk in a pan.

2. Then, in another thick bottomed pan or kadai, heat 1 tablespoon ghee.

heating ghee in another pan.

3. Reduce the heat to low, add 1.5 tablespoons ragi flour.

ragi flour added to hot ghee in the pan.

4. Sauté and stir continuously. Soon, the ragi flour will turn fragrant. It takes about 2 to 3 minutes on low heat. Stir continuously so that the ragi flour gets roasted well and evenly.

roasting ragi flour in hot ghee.

Add Milk

5. Now, pour 2 tablespoons hot milk. We have used 1.5 cups hot milk overall. But the hot milk needs to be added in small batches.

After adding 2 tablespoons hot milk, stir continuously so that the ragi flour combines well with the milk. The mixture should be smooth and lump free.

milk added and mixed with ragi flour.

6. Now, add 2 tablespoons more of hot milk. Keep stirring continuously while adding the milk. Ensure that there are no lumps formed. We need a smooth mixture for the kheer.

more milk added to the ragi flour.

7. Now pour the remaining hot milk and mix very well.

remaining hot milk added to the pan.

8. Next, add ¼ cup sugar or according to taste. Mix and stir well.

adding sugar in the kheer mixture.

9. Add 5 to 6 finely chopped cashews, 2 to 3 finely chopped pistachios and 2 to 3 finely chopped almonds. You can add more or less nuts as per your preference.

finely chopped cashews, finely chopped pistachios and finely chopped almonds added to the kheer mixture.

10. Sprinkle ⅛ teaspoon cardamom powder.

cardamom powder added to the kheer mixture.

11. Add 6 to 7 saffron strands (optional).

saffron strands added to kheer mixture.

Make Ragi Kheer

12. Mix well and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes on low to medium-low heat.

simmering ragi kheer in the pan.

13. You will see the kheer thickening.

ragi kheer thickening in the pan.

14. The kheer will also start bubbling and rising. Keep stirring the ragi kheer often.

ragi kheer bubbling in the pan.

15. The ragi kheer has to be of medium consistency. After 1 to 2 minutes, turn off the heat.

cooked ragi kheer in pan.

16. Serve Ragi Kheer hot, warm or chilled as a dessert or for breakfast.

Note that on cooling, the kheer becomes thick. Once the kheer has come to a room temperature, then refrigerate.

ragi kheer served in bowls kept on a wooden table with text layover.

Expert Tips

  1. Flour: Use fresh ragi flour which is in its shelf period. A big no to rancid flour. You can even make this Ragi Pudding with sprouted ragi flour.
  2. Sweetener: In addition to sugar, other sweeteners that you can add in this kheer are jaggery, palm sugar and coconut sugar. Just make sure that the milk doesn’t curdle after adding these. So, it is best to add after waiting for 4 to 5 minutes, post the completion of cooking.
  3. Spices: Traditionally, cardamom powder is always added in Indian Kheer recipes. If you want to listen to your adventurous side, experiment with vanilla, nutmeg powder or clove powder.
  4. Nuts and dry fruits: Use any of these – raisins, pine nuts, cashews, almonds, pistachios, etc.
  5. Vegan options: Your best substitutes are almond milk and coconut milk. However, keep in mind not to overheat these after mixing with the ragi flour. Keep the heat to the lowest while adding these. Once the milk is incorporated, gently heat through, and not boil or simmer. Coconut milk does curdle and separate, if boiled or overheated. Also, use coconut oil or any neutral oil in place of ghee.
  6. Scaling: Make less or more by halving or doubling the recipe.
  7. Storage: Leftover Ragi Kheer can be refrigerated after it comes to room temperature. But it will thicken on cooling. So, before serving, dilute the thick consistency by adding some more milk.

More Kheer Varieties To Try!

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top shot of ragi kheer or ragi pudding served in bowls kept on a wooden table with text layovers.

Ragi Kheer | Ragi Pudding

Ragi Kheer is a sweet pudding made with ragi flour (finger millet flour), milk, sugar, cardamom powder, nuts and ghee. An easy recipe that comes together in 30 minutes.
4.78 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Cuisine Indian
Course Desserts, Sweets
Diet Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 3
Units

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1.5 tablespoons ragi flour (nachni or finger millet or red millet flour)
  • 1.5 cups milk – hot
  • ¼ cup sugar or add as required
  • 5 to 6 cashews – whole or chopped
  • 2 to 3 pistachios – sliced or chopped finely
  • 2 to 3 almonds – sliced or chopped finely
  • 5 to 6 saffron strands – optional
  • teaspoon cardamom powder

Instructions
 

Boiling milk

  • Firstly heat milk in a thick bottomed pan until it comes to a boil. 
  • Set the hot milk aside.

Roasting ragi flour

  • Then in another thick bottomed pan or kadai, heat ghee.
  • Reduce the flame. First add 1.5 tablespoons of ragi flour.
  • Roast and stir continuously. Soon the ragi flour will release its aroma. It takes about 2 to 3 minutes on low heat. Stir continuously so that the ragi flour gets roasted well.

Adding milk

  • Now add 2 tablespoons of hot milk.
  • After adding 2 tablespoons of hot milk, keep continuously stirring so the ragi flour combines well in the milk, the mixture should be smooth and without any lumps.
  • Next again add more 2 tablespoons of hot milk, continuously keep stirring. Ensure that there are no lumps formed. We need a smooth mixture for the kheer. Now pour the rest of hot milk and mix thoroughly.
  • Note that we need to add a total of 1.5 cups of hot milk. But we are adding first 4 tablespoons of the hot milk in two rounds so that there are no lumps in the kheer.
  • Add ¼ cup of sugar and mix again.
  • Add chopped cashews, pistachios and almonds.
  • Sprinkle cardamom powder and saffron strands.

Making ragi kheer

  • Mix again and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes on low to medum-low heat. You will see the ragi kheer thickening.
  • The kheer will start bubbling. Keep stirring the kheer often.
  • The ragi kheer has to be of medium consistency. After 1 to 2 minutes switch off the heat.

Serving suggestions

  • You can serve ragi kheer hot or warm or chilled as a dessert or for breakfast. 
  • Garnish with sliced or chopped almonds, cashews or pistachios or a few saffron strands while serving.
  • Do note that on cooling, the consistency of ragi kheer will become thick. When the kheer has come to a room temperature, then refrigerate it.

Storage

  • You can also refrigerate any leftovers. On cooling ragi kheer will thicken.
  • Before serving, mix a bit of milk to dilute the thick consistency and warm or heat the milk in a small pan. 

Notes

  • Ragi Flour: The ragi flour has to be fresh and in its shelf period. Make sure it is not rancid. You can also make this kheer with sprouted ragi flour.
  • Sweeteners: You can add your choice of sweeteners, but do make sure that the milk does not curdle after adding sweeteners. For sweeteners like palm sugar, coconut sugar and jaggery, it is best to add them after a waiting of 4 to 5 minutes once the cooking is complete.
  • Nuts and dry fruits: Various nuts and dry fruits like raisins, pine nuts, cashews, almonds, pistachios can be added.
  • Vegan options: Almond milk and coconut milk work best in this recipe. However do make sure not to overheat these nuts milk after you mix with the ragi flour. When adding, keep the flame to the lowest. Once all the milk is incorporated, simply heat through gently. Do not boil or simmer. Coconut milk will curdle and separate if boiled or overheated. Use a neutral oil or coconut oil in place of ghee.
  • Scaling: You can halve or double this recipe easily.
  • Spices: Traditionally, in most kheer variants, cardamom powder is always added. If you are feeling adventurous, experiment with vanilla, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder or clove powder.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Ragi Kheer | Ragi Pudding
Amount Per Serving
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 54mg2%
Potassium 227mg6%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 202IU4%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin B12 1µg17%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin D 2µg13%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 1µg1%
Calcium 169mg17%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 9µg2%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 33mg8%
Phosphorus 145mg15%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Ragi Kheer recipe post from the archives first published in September 2016 has been republished and updated on 12 July 2022.

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12 Comments

    1. ragi ambali is a drink and is different from ragi kheer. this ragi kheer is rich in flavors and taste.

  1. Hi.. I just saw your ragi kheer recipe.. Can we add jaggery instead of sugar.. Expecting a reply from you4 stars

  2. Ya he liked n ya its a simple recip but wen we thinkanythin diffen nothin strike me but finally i ende with this app

  3. Thank you very much. Have tried a couple of your recipes…all turned out well. Hopefully my 2 year old likes the ragi kheer I made…
    Good luck to you and everyone at home. Please keep on uploading yummy food recipes.4 stars