Ragi Buttermilk/Ragi Kanji is a very nutritious and refreshing drink that cools down the body in hot summers. A very popular summer drink in southern parts of India.
It is Gluten-free and can be made Vegan-Friendly.
About the Recipe
Ragi is popularly known as Nachini is one of the most cheapest available grains.
Ragi drink is consumed in both the sweet and savory forms. The savory form, Ragi Buttermilk is made with Ragi flour and yogurt.
Sweet version, Ragi Malt, is given to babies more than 6 months old, once they start weaning.
To make Ragi Kanji and Ragi Malt Vegan Friendly , use plant based yogurt and milk.
Ragi, Super Grain/Benefits of Ragi
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 phosphorus content. It is suggested that those who are are calcium deficient, 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 especially in North India, are not used to this grain and take time in getting acquainted with it's taste.
Ragi flour or grains can be included in your everyday meals. If you are not used to Ragi flour, you can start it by mixing it with other flours like besan, whole wheat flour or semolina and even coco powder to make it more delicious and suit your taste buds.
Recipes with Ragi on my blog
Eggless Ragi Chocolate Cookies
Ragi Dried fruits and Nuts Ladoo
Whole Wheat and Ragi Ladoo with Edible Gum
How to make Ragi Buttermilk
Making Ragi Kanji is very easy. As I have mentioned above, it is made with Ragi flour and yogurt. It is also traditionally made with Ragi grains . 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 sweeteners like sugar, jaggery or honey or any other natural sweeteners , as per once preference for the sweet version.
For Ragi kanji, 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 nutritious 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
To make Vegan friendly Ragi Buttermilk or Ragi Kanji use any plant based yogurt like cashew yogurt or peanut or soy yogurt.
You can make Ragi paste and refrigerate for 2-3 days. But make fresh buttermilk. I will not advise to make and store buttermilk in bulk.
Recipe Card for Ragi Kanji/Ragi Buttermilk
Ragi Kanji/Ragi Buttermilk
- 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.
If you still haven't tried this delicious and nutritious Ragi drink do try it. I will love to hear your feedback.. Also, include Ragi in your daily diet.
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Ragi kanji is a prefect drink for summer. Looks so delicious and beautifully presented
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.
Sasmita Sahoo Samanta
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
So true Sasmita .. it is very refreshing and healthy!!
Renu Agrawal Dongre
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.
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..
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..
Thanks aruna, do try this.. and let me know how you liked it.
Nachni or Ragi is the ultimate millet for all season. Traditional best way to deal with brutal summers.
We call this drink Nachnicha Ambil in Maharathi. Very refreshing and soothing drink especially for Summers. Love your presentation here Swaty.
The Girl Next Door
I love the look and sound of this ragi buttermilk. While we make ragi kanji with milk often, we have never tried it with buttermilk. Am sure it would taste delicious.
This is indeed a very healthy drink, and cooling too! We call it Nachnicha Aambil in Maharashtra.
Thanks Pooja!! Good to know the Maharashtrian name.. will update it in my post
I too was going to make it and post on the blog, but it just didn't happen! ?