Ragi Sweet Semiya

Finger Millet or Ragi is a healthy traditional cereal and is gluten free, helps in reducing body weight. Also the cereal is rich in carbs, fibre, vitamins and good carbohydrates. For more health benefits, you can start include ragi in any form into your daily recipes like breakfast drink made with ragi sprouted flour, ragi dosai, ragi adai, ragi semiya - sweet & savory, ragi koozh (a staple food in TamilNadu).


In today's recipe sharing, we would see a easy recipe of ragi semiya. I call it easy as the semiya is readily available in the market and we just need to soak it for a while and steam it. Then the cooked semiya can either be made into a upma or just mixed with cocounut & sugar to be relished as a healthy breakfast dish! The latter is my all-time favorite breakfast of late. Let's see the stepwise pictures and instructions.


100 gms of ragi semiya (store bought)
3 tbsp freshly grated coconut
sugar as per your taste, you can use cane sugar or jaggery
1 tsp powdered cardamom
a pinch of salt
3 cups of water

How to make ragi sweet semiya:

1. Soak ragi semiya in enough water (at room temperature) so as the semiya gets completely immersed in water along with a pinch of salt. Let it soak for about 6-7 minutes.

Note: Adding salt is optional but it definitely helps in enhancing the sweetness of sugar.

2. Heat a steaming pot - I prefer idly cooker or a rice cooker. Use the top most idly plate and line it with a muslin cloth or any cotton cloth.

3. Filter out water from the soaked semiya and place it in the idly plate or a bowl if using rice cooker.

4. Cover it with a muslin cloth and steam cook for about 10 minutes.

5. Semiya is thoroughly cooked now. Transfer the cooked semiya into a bowl.

6. Add grated coconut, cardamom powder and sugar. Mix well and serve hot!

7. You can very well pack this ragi sweet semiya for breakfast or evening snacks.

8. While packing, layer coconut first, then cooked semiya followed by sugar. Repeat this 3-4 times.


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