Healthy Ragi Cookies with Jaggery

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    Ragi cookies with jaggery
    Ragi cookies with jaggery

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    Karnataka is the leading producer of ragi. Ragi is a source of good carbohydrate. Ragi is a gluten-free cereal. It is loaded with several benefits and we should embrace Ragi in our food. Ragi Cookies is a great choice for healthy cookies and works great when you are trying to lose weight.

    Whether you call it finger millet, nachani or ragi, it all means health.

    |More Healthy Cookies Choice: Oatmeal Cookies

    I recently got our complete body check-up done and discovered that Amit has started getting his weight and cholesterol level under control, however, a lot was still to be achieved. Everything that helps in weight loss became our choice of food. Ragi Cookies followed the way.

    This recent routine health check-up made my thought stronger to make Ragi cookies. To make it healthier I planned to make ragi cookies with Jaggery.

    Ragi Cookies

    Ragi has many health benefits including:

    Skin: Source of vitamin D improves vitality, improve skin tissues and reduce wrinkles.

    Diabetes: Ragi has a low glycemic index and hence reduces food cravings. Helps in keeping the blood sugar in check.

    Anemia: Ragi is a good source of iron and helps improve hemoglobin levels.

    Insomnia: Ragi is a source of antioxidants like Tryptophan and Amino acids. This helps to reduce anxiety, depression, and Insomnia.

    Weight loss: Ragi is high in dietary fiber. It reduces unnecessary food cravings thus helps in weight loss.

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    This is an eggless butter biscuit recipe. The recipe includes ragi, oats and whole wheat. Feel free to call them multigrain cookies. This simple cookie recipe produces healthy biscuits for kids. The melt-in-mouth flavor of the cookies makes the kids fall for them.

    Ragi cookies in the Microwave?

    Of course yes. Remember the following

    • Ensure the microwave is in convection mode
    • Bake the ragi cookies at 150 °C for 12 to 15 min

    Let’s start the recipe

    In a non-stick pan, dry roast the finger millet flour (ragi flour) on low flame for about 10 minutes This will help to remove the raw smell or taste of the flour. Transfer it to a bowl and let it cool.

    In another mixing bowl, take wheat flour, oats, millet flour, jaggery powder, and baking powder. Mix all the dry ingredients well.

    Dry and wet ingredients Nachni Cookies

    Add butter to the dry ingredients and with the help of the fingertips start mixing butter with dry ingredients until you get the texture like breadcrumbs.

    Now add 1 tbs milk and bind the dough. I used 2 tbs for the recipe. If you feel your dough is still dry, you may add more milk.

    Tip: Don’t over knead the dough like regular chapatti or bread dough. We don’t want to form the gluten.

    Dough for Ragi Biscuits

    Cover the dough with a cling wrap and place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

    Tip: Refrigeration will help to set the dough and results in crispy cookies.

    Ragi Cookies Rested Dough

    After 30 minutes take the dough out from the refrigerator. Divide the dough into 16 equal portions. Start shaping the cookies.

    Let’s Bake

    Meanwhile, keep the oven for preheating at 160 °C. Roll each dough portion into a ball and slightly flatten it by pressing it with palm. Place all the shaped cookies on a baking tray lined with parchment paper by leaving some space in between as cookies will expand while baking.

    Bake the cookies in a preheated oven for about 15 to 18 minutes.

    Ragi Cookies before baking

    Once done, take the tray out from the oven and using a flat spatula transfer all the ragi cookies to a wired rack and let them cool.

    Ragi Cookies after baking

    Our healthy cookies are ready to be served. Stock these cookies in an airtight container for up to one month.

    Ragi cookies

    Ragi Cookies Calories Count

    Total Calories1233.2 Calories
    Total Servings16 Cookies
    Calories per Serving77.07 per cookie

     

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    Healthy Ragi Cookies with Jaggery Yum
    Ragi Cookies aka Ragi Biscuits is a great healthy choice for cookies. Make sugarless Ragi Cookies at home with my step-by-step easy to follow recipe. These Ragi Cookies are made with Jaggery.
    Course Snacks, Tea Time
    Cuisine American
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 18 minutes
    Passive Time 30 minutes
    Servings
    Cookies
    Ingredients
    Course Snacks, Tea Time
    Cuisine American
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 18 minutes
    Passive Time 30 minutes
    Servings
    Cookies
    Ingredients
    Instructions
    1. In a non-stick pan, dry roast the finger millet flour (ragi flour) on low flame for about 10 minutes This will help to remove the raw smell or taste of the flour. Transfer it into a bowl and let it cool.
    2. In a mixing bowl, mix all the dry ingredients by adding butter into it.
    3. Add 1 tbs milk at a time and start binding the dough.
    4. Cover the dough with a cling wrap and let it rest in refrigerator for 30 min.
    5. Meanwhile preheat the oven at 160 °C .
    6. Shape the refrigerated dough into small balls. Flatten each dough ball between the palms and place on a baking tray by leaving so space in between.
    7. Bake the cookies in a preheated oven for 15 to 18 minutes.
    8. After baking, let the cookies cool down completely on a wired rack.
    9. Ragi cookies with Jaggery are ready to be served.
    Recipe Notes
    • Don’t forget to dry roast the finger millet flour, else you will get the earthen flavour in the cookies after baking.
    • Do not over knead the dough. Just bind it gently.
    • Use cold butter for the recipe.
    • Resting the dough in refrigerator helps to get crunchy cookies.
    • In case you don’t have jaggery, use 50 gm of powdered sugar.
    • Substituting unsalted butter with salted butter will change the texture as well as flavour of the cookies.
    • To get crispy cookies, roll the dough thinner.
    • Add milk to the dough accordingly. The dough should be hard and firm.
    • Always bake cookies in a preheated oven.
    • Store the cookies in an air tight container.

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    22 COMMENTS

    1. It’s a great recipe. But it’s not gluten free since you’ve used wheat flour in it. Please edit the gluten free part because it’s misleading.

    2. Hello Sonia
      Thank you for your beautiful recipe and very useful process tips.
      Can we organise a workshop on making healthy cookies at Kochi (Kerala) by you?
      Regards
      Jayan

      • Hi Jayan,
        This is a nice idea. Let me know what is your plan. You can alternatively also talk to Amit @ 9873232662. He takes care of all the workshops event planning.

        Cheers!

    3. Hi, so I tried this recipe out – loved the idea. But two things –
      1. There is no ingredients lists – so I actually just made assumptions wrt quantity.
      2. Which led to this point – after taking out from the fridge the dough was still crumbly.

      Am waiting for the biscuits to get baked as I write this – so will keep you posted on the end result. But can you share the ingredients and the amount for next time :

      • Dear Rajika,
        Thanks for writing to me and liking the idea of ragi cookies.
        Answering your questions:
        1. There is no ingredients lists – so I actually just made assumptions wrt quantity.
        – Well looks like you did not scroll down and checked the recipe card. The recipe card has the list of the ingredients and shortened steps. The recipe card is printable.

        2. Which led to this point – after taking out from the fridge the dough was still crumbly.
        – Hoping that using the correct ingredients and correct quantity should solve your problem.

        Regards
        Sonia

      • Dear Dr. Neeru Mehra, Butter is purposely used to give binding to the flour which is difficult to achieve with Refined oil. As an alternate, you may use clarified butter (desi ghee) or coconut oil.

        Regards
        Sonia

    4. Thanks for sharing delicious recipe for me. My grandfather is sugar patient . so I searching new sugar free recipe. I will definitely prepare your recipe for him.

    5. Thanks for this super food Super healthy recipe! Can we make this into spicy cookie? If yes, what would u add? TIA!

      • Hi Bharati,
        Thanks for liking the cookie. I haven’t yet tried a spicy version of this cookie and cannot comment as of now. Spicy biscuits can range from simple cumin seeds biscuits to biscuits with ginger, chillies, cinnamon, curry leaves etc.

        Sonia.

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