Ragi Kanji/Ragi Buttermilk

Ragi Kanji/ Ragi Buttermilk very nutritious and refreshing drink that cools down the body in hot summers. A very popular  summer drink in southern parts of India. 

Also known as Ragi Malt, it is consumed in both the sweet and savoury forms. The savoruy form, Ragi Buttermilk is made with Ragi flour and yogurt. A nourishing drink, that is also be given to babies and kids. Ragi is popularly known as Nachini is one of the most cheapest available grains.

Sweet version of Ragi is given to babies more than 6 months old, once they start weaning.

Ragi.. A Super Grain

Ragi, also known as Finger Millet, is a super grain. A gluten-free grain that is a boon for weight watchers, people on low cholesterol diets and diabetics. Rich in calcium, iron and phosphours content. It is suggested that those who are are calcium deficent, instead of taking calcium pills one should include Ragi diet. Known as one of the best body coolant for summers.

How to include Ragi in diet..

Many people who are not used to this grain take time in getting accquinted with it’s taste. Ragi flour or grains can be included in your everyday meals. My folks are still not used to the taste of plain ragi, so I mix it with other flours like besan, whole wheat flour or semolina and even coco powder to make it more delicious and suit their tatse buds. I make Ragi cookies, Ragi cakes and ragi ladoos that kids do not mind eating. Chck out these Ragi ladoos mixed with whole wheat flourOne ladoo with a glass of milk is what my teenager likes to have for quick breakfast with an apple or banana,early in morning while rushing off to school.

Ragi Idlis, Ragi dosa or Ragi vermecilli, Ragi roti are few of the other ways in which we can include this healthy grain in  diet. We have buttermilk for lunch almost everyday and manytimes I make this ragi Buttermilk when the temeperatures are soaring high, especially if we are going out. Coming back home and sipping on this delcious and chilled buttermilk, cools down and refreshes the body.

Ragi Kanji/Ragi Buttermilk

How to make Ragi Buttermilk..

Making Ragi buttermilk is very easy. As I have mentioned above, it is made with Ragi flour and yogurt. It is also made ragi grains traditionally. But for the ease of making, I use ragi flour. We didn’t use much of Ragi at my mom’s place and even at my hubby’s place. Few years back when I started exploring food from other cuisines, I discovered how nutritious ragi is and how it can be included in diets especially when there are kids in house.

To make Ragi buttermilk or malt(sweet version in milk) cook ragi flour in boiling water, until it forms a thick paste and once it cools down can be mixed with buttermilk, milk or water. Add any sweetners like sugar, jaggery or honey or any other natural sweetners , as per once preference for the sweet version.

For Ragi buttermilk, make buttermilk/chaas. Add 1-2 tsp of Ragi malt per glass of buttermilk or water.

For Ragi /malt, sweet version, add 1-2 tbsp in a cup of hot or cold milk. It is a filling and a very nutrious afterschool snack for kids.

Cooked Ragi malt can be stored in refrigerator for a day or two and can be consumed as per your liking.

Let’s see in detail, how I make delicious Ragi Kanji/Ragi Buttermilk..

Ragi Kanji/Ragi Buttermilk

Ragi Kanji or Buttermilk very nutritious and refreshing drink that cools down the body in hot summers. A very popular  summer drink in southern parts of India. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 2


  • 3 tbsp Ragi Flour
  • 1+1/4 Cup Water
  • 2 Glass Buttermilk see notes
  • Mint/Coriander/Green Chillies for garnish skip green chillies if making for kids


  • Mix ragi with 1/4 cup water and make a thick paste.
  • In a pan heat 1 cup water, once the water starts to boil, add ragi paste, mix it well and cook it until it forms a thick and glossy mixture.
  • Once it cools down. mix as required in a glass of buttermilk, yogurt.
  • To make the sweet version add it in chilled milk or hot milk with sweetener as required.


To make Buttermilk check out here..Chaas(Indian Buttermilk).
Keyword Buttermilk, Ragi Flour, Ragi Malt(Salty), Summer Coolers

If you still haven’t tried this delcious and nutritious Ragi drink do try it.I will love to hear your feedback.. Also, include Ragi in your daily diet.

Linking my post to my facebook group, Foodie Monday Bloghop, where the theme this week is #199RagiTales. The theme was suggested by Poonam, who blogs at Annapurna. Check out her blog, for super delcious and healthy recipes that range from worldwide cuisine to Indian cusine cuisine especially, the traditonal Maharastrian Cuisine. She also has lot of wonderful and healthy bakes with healthy flours and natural sweetners!!


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21 thoughts

  1. Ragi kanji is a popular drink at my place not only during summers. It is a healthy and delicious coolent.Your clicks are making it so tempting.Love this nutritious drink.

  2. Rangi kanji that to salty flavor is much loved by me…. use of ragi here makes the whole drink very nutritious and refreshing to beat the heat in summer

  3. I am intrigued on how Ragi buttermilk will taste. I have made a milkshake from Ragi, but would love to try a buttermilk. It would be a filling mid morning snack for me.

    1. It tastes just like the regular buttermilk, as Ragi doesn’t has a strong flavour.. kids have it without making any fuss.. do try it..

  4. Ragi Kanji looks very tasty , Ragi malt the sweeter version is my favorite drink from childhood, as mom use to add almonds and nuts powder in it. After cmg chennai I am tasting Ragi Kanji in temples on Friday’s. Love to try your Ragi buttermilk soon..

  5. We call this drink Nachnicha Ambil in Maharathi. Very refreshing and soothing drink especially for Summers. Love your presentation here Swaty.

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