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Call it Ragi Banana cake or Ragi Banana Bread, whatever you may call it, is one of my healthiest bake till date. It has all the healthy ingredients a cake can ever have. Yes, it has Ragi that is Finger Millet, curd, bananas, walnuts and guess what? It has jaggery powder and does not have any refined sugar. So, isn’t it cool? A super healthy cake for you and your family.

This cake has only Ragi atta, and neither all-purpose flour nor wheat flour is added to it and is thus gluten-free too. And looking at it if you thought that it has cocoa powder then let me tell you that no, no cocoa powder is there.

Ragi Banana Cake with Walnuts
Ragi Banana Bread
Ragi Cake recipe


Recently for the first time, I tried Ragi cake and was a hit. I have made 3-4 batches since then. My hubby even said that it was better than regular banana cake. And my calorie-conscious son Siddharth, who is also fond of cakes, loved this healthy version. I was reluctant in using only Ragi Atta but then decided to give it a try and no regrets. I followed my recipe of Banana Walnut Muffins only with the change in flour and sugar. Surprisingly, this cake, though looks like having cocoa powder, but tastes superb without chocolate flavour also.

What Is Ragi?

Though Ragi needs no introduction today but still just few lines about it. Ragi is a millet also known as Finger Millet or Nachni Flour. It is a wonder grain seated on the topmost level amongst all the cereals.

Benefits Of Ragi

Ragi, being a millet is a storehouse of benefits.


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Tips for the Perfect Outcome

Before you jump to the recipe, just a few things are worth mentioning.


Step By Step Recipe

Grease the cake tin
Lightly roast ragi flour
Sift ragi flour, baking powder and baking soda
dust walnuts with dry ragi flour
In a food processor, put bananas, curd, oil and jaggery powder
Add sifted ragi flour
mix in flour coated walnuts
Ready for baking
cool on wire rack
bake in disposable pans for gifting purposes


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Q) Can I make this cake without an oven?

You can easily make this cake without an oven on the gas top too. For baking it in a cooker or kadhai, please refer my post on how to bake a cake without oven.

Q) Can I omit bananas and make plain ragi cake?

Yes. But in that case, it’s better if you follow my Ragi Muffins recipe. Instead of muffin moulds, put the cake batter in a 6″ loaf tin and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or till the skewer inserted comes ot clean.

Q) I do not have a food processor, then how to make this cake?

No worries. In this case, first, sift jaggery powder to remove tiny grits and lumps. Then mash everything in a bowl using a fork. You can even use a grinder.


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Ragi Banana Cake

Ragi Cake, with the goodness of bananas and walnuts, that too without any refined sugar is perfect for breakfast or as a snack. Also, Gluten-free, low GI and full of nutrients.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Baked


My 1 Cup measures 240 ml

  • 1 Cup Ragi Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Jaggery Powder
  • 2 Bananas
  • 2 0 r 3 Tablespoon Curd
  • 1/4 Cup Walnuts
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
  • 2 or 3 Tablespoon Milk Use only if required


  • Grease a loaf pan of 6" and keep it aside.
  • Dry roast ragi flour for about 2 minutes on medium flame.
  • Preheat oven for 15 minutes at 180 degrees C.
  • Sift Ragi flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt 2 to 3 times. Sifting incorporates air in the flour which inturn makes the cake light.
  • Chop walnuts into small pieces. Keep aside about 1 teaspoon for sprinkling on the top and coat the rest with just 1 teaspoon of dry mix.
  • In the food processor bowl, throw chopped bananas, oil, curd, jaggery powder and vanilla essence.
  • Run the processor for a minute or so till bananas are pureed.
  • Add dry mix into this and run the processor till everything is mixed nicely. The batter should be of dropping consistency at this stage. In case, it is too thick then adjust its consistency by adding little milk.
  • Add flour coated walnuts and mix with a spatula/spoon. Do not run the processor now otherwise walnuts will get mashed.
  • Put the batter in the greased loaf pan. Tap 2-3 times to release air bubbles if any.
  • Sprinkle walnuts, though completely optional.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes or till the skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Loosen the edges with a butter knife and invert the bread on a wire rack.
  • When gets cool, slice it and serve with love, coffee optional.


  1. You can bake this in disposable cake pans also if baking for gifting purposes. In that case, just let it remain as it is after removing it from the oven. No need of inverting it. When cool then wrap with cling film.
  2. You can take more or fewer bananas as per your taste.
  3. The quantity of jaggery powder may vary (by a tablespoon ) depending upon the sweetness of bananas. Highly over-ripened bananas have their own natural sugar (fructose).
  4. Start by adding 2 tablespoon curd only. Later, if the batter is too thick then add some more otherwise not.
  5. You can add cocoa powder if looking for a chocolate flavor. In that case, remove 2 tablespoons Ragi flour and substitute it with cocoa powder.
Keyword Banana Cake, Ragi Bread Recipe, Ragi Cake


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By Gayathri Murli

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21 Responses

      1. For each egg, one teaspoon of flax meal can be used, mixed with warm water. So for two eggs, two teaspoons of flax meal and likewise.

      1. If I want to bake it in pressure cooker….should I make any changes….please direct me as i don’t have an oven or microwave.

  1. 5 stars
    I was looking for a ragi banana cake and chanced upon your site. The cake turned out really well and was over the moment it was cut. I used 3 bananas and hence used only a teaspoon of jaggery powder, but had to add 2 tspn or so of whole wheat flour as well as few choco chips. Baked the cake for 40 mins. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It was my first ragi cake.

    1. 5 stars
      Cake is very tasty and fluffy 😋😍 thanks a lot fir this healthy version
      Everyone liked it including my children who don’t like gluten-free bakes also loved and said it’s mouth watering😊

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