Saturday, 9 May 2015

Nachanichi Wadi ( Ragi Sweet Diamonds)

The summer is in full form and is effecting many people. This is the time of the year when we need to take lot of natural coolants to keep our body safe from the ill effects of the hot weather. Though juices , buttermilk provide us much relief , this wonder millet ragi also is very effective .

 Ragi is rich in calcium and at the same time cools the body. Make a habit to use it regularly in your diet during summers.

 sweet which I have made is little time consuming and needs some advance preparation as well . But its delicious and healthy too.

Kids as well as adults love this yummy preparation.

Ingredients :

2 cup ......................Whole Ragi  ( nachni )
1 n 1/2 cup .................jaggery  ( chopped )
1 cup.........................fresh grated coconut
1 tsp........................cardamom powder
few ........................cashews or charoli ( chironji) or raisins ( optional)

Method :

Wash ragi and soak it overnight in water.

In the morning drain the water and tie ragi in muslin cloth .

Keep it in some dry place and keep on sprinkling some water every 3 to 4 hours.

You will see very small white sprouts coming out of ragi.

Now grind ragi along with coconut and water .

Strain the thick juice and again grind the remaining coarse mixture.

Repeat grinding till you get almost watery juice after straining.

Discard the left mixture.

Now add 2 to 3 cups water to the thick juice and let it rest for 5 to 6 hours.

The thick residue with settle at the bottom.

Strain the upper water carefully without disturbing the bottom residue .

This strained water can be had as it is after adding some sugar and lemon juice.

It is an excellent coolant during summers.

Now to the residue paste add jaggery and water and make a batter ( thinner than dosa batter).

Let the jaggery melt before you start cooking

Take a non stick kadhai and add 1 tbsp ghee to it.

Pour the batter and stir continuously at medium flame.

Add cardamom powder and dry fruits of your choice.

When the batter thickens and it starts leaving the sides lower the flames.

Now take the mixture in a  greased plate and spread it evenly and let it cool completely.

Cut into desired shape.

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