Before we look at how To sprout Ragi you must be wondering why sprout Ragi or can it be sprouted? Well,  being a seed it can very well be sprouted, it sprouts beautifully and in much less time than legumes.

Sprouted ragi is much more nutritious and easily digestible. Use ragi sprouts for making salad or snacks or turn it into sprouted ragi powder.

In this post, I am sharing how to make Ragi sprouts and along with that also sharing as to why sprout Ragi and then most importantly, how to use that sprouted Ragi. No specific recipe is there but definitely an interesting and knowledgeable read. Hope you will like it.

Ragi Sprouts

What is Ragi?

Chocolate-colored Ragi is millet and is thus gluten-free too. It is known by different names in different languages, like Nachni in Marathi, Mandua in Hindi, Finger millet in English, and so on. And this popular name Ragi belongs to the Kannada language.

Read: All About Millets

 

Why Do We Sprout Ragi?

Ragi or Finger millet is an extremely nutritious millet seating on the topmost pedestal of millets then what is the need to sprout it? Sprouting increases the nutrients that is well known.

Must Read: How To Make Sprouts And Why?

Ragi sprouts are not only much more nutritious but these are beautiful to look at! Chocolate-colored Ragi with white sprouts looks very tempting, something like an artwork.

Apart from other nutrients, Ragi is extremely rich in calcium and iron. 344 mg of calcium and 3.9 mg of Iron in just 100 g! No other millet is nearby also. And imagine when this figure multiplies by 20 then what? It means 6880 mg or 6.8 g in every 100 g. And this increase happens just when you sprout Ragi.

 

  Benefits

  1. Increase in calcium by 20%
  2. Increase in iron by 10%
  3. Vitamin B12: Sprouted ragi naturally contain B12 in it! We, the vegetarians have very limited options to consume B12 and thus its deficiency in vegetarians is very common.
  4. Reduction in antinutrients like phytic acid.
  5. Lower GI in sprouted ragi: Proportion of protein and fiber increases and that of starch decreases in sprouted ragi, and its overall impact is that sprouted ragi has a lower GI than the non-sprouted ones.
  6. Easy digestion: Sprouting ragi can be easily digested as dense proteins are converted into easy amino acids. This is the reason, sprouted ragi flour is the most preferred option to feed babies. You can read about the benefits of sprouted ragi .here

 

How To Make Ragi Sprouts?

 

Sprouted Ragi Cutlets

How To Make Sprouted Ragi Flour?

Once you have sprouted Ragi then turning it into flour is really easy though a bit time-consuming. For this, sun-dry ragi sprouts. Once completely dried then grind them in your mixie and our sprouted ragi powder is ready.

Ragi flour made from sprouted ragi is full of nutrition and extremely good for digestion. This flour is especially good for babies and is therefore used for making porridge for them. You can use this flour just like normal ragi flour for making porridge or pancakes or muffins or bread. Sharing here my method of making Sprouted ragi flour.

If you are looking at how to make Ragi flour at home without sprouting, then the method remains the same. Soak seeds for 8 to 10 hours. Thereafter, put them in a colander for an hour or so that excess water is drained. Thereafter dry these in the sunlight or simply under the fan and then grind into a fine powder.

 

Step By Step Instructions

A. Make Ragi Sprouts

Soak Ragi seeds

 

Put soaked Ragi seeds in colander

 

Tie the soaked seeds in a muslin cloth

 

Ragi sprouts are ready

 

How To Sprout Ragi

Use your sprouted ragi for whatever purpose you intend to.

B. Make Sprouted Ragi Flour 

Dry Sprouted Ragi

 

Sprouted Ragi dried completely

Sprouted Ragi Flour

 

FAQs

Q) If my Ragi seeds do not sprout?

Possible reasons can be:

 

Q) Is it necessary to sun-dry ragi sprouts?

 

Q) What can I make with sprouted Ragi?

Though there may be many others, but I am sharing three ways I have used sprouted ragi for. these three are:

  1. Millet Salad
  2. Sprouted Ragi Cutlet (No potatoes)
  3. Sprouted Ragi Flour

 

Q) What can I make with sprouted Ragi flour?

Sprouted ragi powder or flour can be used just like regular Ragi flour. You can use it for making:

 

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