Ragi Halva Recipe
Diwali, the Festival of Lights, brings with it the joy of sharing delightful sweets. Today, I'm excited to share a healthy and traditional recipe, Ragi Halva, a gluten-free dessert made with Finger Millet.
In Ayurveda, the sweet taste, known as "Madhura Rasa," is one of the six primary tastes, each associated with specific qualities and effects on the body and mind. The sweet taste is characterized by its soothing, nourishing, and grounding properties.
Effects on Doshas:
- Balancing for Vata: The sweet taste helps pacify Vata dosha, offering warmth, stability, and nourishment to calm Vata's inherent dryness and variability.
- Balancing for Pitta: Sweet taste's cooling nature helps balance the heat of Pitta dosha, soothing inflammation and promoting a sense of calm.
- Aggravating for Kapha: While sweet taste in moderation is beneficial for Kapha, excessive consumption can contribute to Kapha imbalance, leading to lethargy and weight gain.
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In Ayurveda, Finger Millet, or Ragi, is recognized as a wholesome grain with numerous health benefits. It balances doshas, particularly Pitta and Kapha, making it an ideal choice for those seeking to soothe excess heat in the body. Loaded with essential nutrients like iron, calcium, and fiber, Ragi promotes digestive health, strengthens bones, and supports overall well-being. This recipe is especially valuable for individuals concerned about anemia and bone health, thanks to Ragi's nutritional richness.
My children adore this recipe and insist on making it every week, especially on weekends, where it has become a cherished family tradition. Let's dive into the recipe:
Ingredients (All Organic):
- 1.5 cups of Finger Millet flour
- 8 tbsp Pure grass-fed cultured ghee (about half a cup)
- 2 ripe bananas
- 4 cups of grass-fed cow's milk
- 1 cup of jaggery
- 2 tsp flaxseed flour
- 3/4 cup of rock candy aka Khadi shakar
- 2 tbsp carob powder
- 3 cardamoms deseeded and crushed
- 1/4 of a whole nutmeg crushed
- Poppy seeds as needed
- Pumpkin seeds as needed
- Dry Rose petals as needed
- Sliced almonds as needed
Step 1: Place a medium-large skillet or kadai on heat, add the ghee, wait for it to melt completely and heat well. Add the finger millet flour and roast until aromatic (3-5 minutes).
Step 2: Slowly add the bananas, breaking them into small pieces. Stir constantly, allowing the bananas to incorporate well. Add the carob powder and mix well. Stir constantly on medium heat for another 5 minutes.
Step 3: Add the crushed cardamom, nutmeg, and flaxseed flour. Mix well and stir for another 2 minutes.
Step 4: Add the jaggery and rock candy. Keep mixing constantly for about 3 minutes on low heat. Gradually add milk while stirring. Add one cup at a time, allowing it to soak in before adding the next cup. Keep mixing until it becomes smooth, resembling a thick fudge. That's the Halva – super delicious and healthy for children.
This recipe yields 6 medium servings or about 12 small servings, with a cooking time of 23 minutes and a preparation time of 5 minutes. Enjoy the festive season with the goodness of Ragi Halva!
May the festival of lights brighten your life and bring you moments of joy. Happy Diwali to you and your family.
FOOD FOR THE SOUL FAMILY.