Ragi is a very good source of calcium and iron. I had seen people especially in villages taking ragi for breakfast. Including ragi in kids diet is very good for them. We introduce ragi porridge to babies even before they are an year old. As they grow you can start giving them ragi roti, idiyappam, puttu etc., at various stages. I had seen toddlers liking idiyappam a lot and so this is one way you can make them eat ragi.
This recipe is not only for the kids, even we can eat them at any time of the day. I usually make them as evening tiffin. It is a very simple and easy recipe, do try if definitely.
1 1/2 cups of Ragi flour
1/2 cup of Rice flour
1 1/2 cup of water
2 tbsp of oil
salt to taste
Boil the water, salt and oil in a pan. When it comes to a rolling boil add the rice and ragi flour. Combine the flour with the water by stirring it in and switch off the stove immediately. Cover it with the lid and keep aside. After 5 mins gently knead to form a smooth dough. Meanwhile grease the idli/idyappam plates. Fill a murrukku/idiyappam press with the dough and press them into the plates. Steam for 7 to 10 mins or until done.
You can serve them with little grated coconut, sugar and cardamom powder for the kids. This also goes very well with vegetable stew, kurma, tomato masala and egg curry.
Feeding toddlers is definitely a challenging job. They have their own preferences. Sometimes I even bribe him with his favourite snacks to make him eat healthy food:) So when Padmajha annonced the "Tasty Bites for Toddlers" event, I got interested. I am eagerly waiting for the round up of this event, as it would be an excellent opportunity to learn different recipes for feeding the picky toddlers. And this recipe is a contribution from me for the event.