Ragi or Finger millet, generically known as ‘ Eleusine Coracana’, is a gluten-free,
calcium, iron, and fiber-rich millet. It contains an important amino acid called ‘Methionine’, which plays a vital role in the synthesis and production of other important amino acids.
Ragi, being gluten-free is easily absorbed by the infants gut and digested by their still-
developing system quite well. Ragi adds to the richness of the nutritive profile, as it is also high
in B class of vitamins and folic acid (which play a prime role in the synthesis of red blood
cells). In short, Ragi has this goodness to fit into the table of complete RDA requirement for the
WHY IS NACHNI (RAGI) SO IMPORTANT TO BE INTRODUCED IN EVERY INFANTS DIET?
1. Ragi is gluten-free: – Being gluten-free, Ragi is readily digested by baby’s developing
digestive system, making them least susceptible to abdominal discomfort and colicky.
2. High in Tryptophan:- Tryptophan is an essential amino acid (which cannot be synthesized in
the body) which acts as a precursor by the brain to get converted to the brain chemical called
‘serotonin’; which helps in relaxation of the brain neurons and induce good sleep.
3. High in Calcium and Iron: – Being extremely high in calcium and iron, it helps in synthesizing of red blood cells production and prevention of osteoporosis in small babies.It is also considered as an immunity booster and plays a significant role in overall development.
4. A natural coolant: – Ragi in combination with buttermilk acts as a natural coolant and gets
quickly assimilated in the gut, keeping gut related problems at bay in any climate.
5. A practical ingredient:- Ragi can almost go with any recipes like porridges, smoothies,
parathas, khichadi,ladoos, etc. and most importantly, it comes at a very affordable cost.
6. Quick to make: – Ragi recipes are usually quick enough to make. They are considered to be a
non-perishable food. There is nothing much for prior cooking/preparation needed to create any
7. A complete food: – Ragi can be used as a better replacement to wheat and rice for its
complete nutritional profile as it is unprocessed.It can safely be taken by the babies with a
history of gluten allergy.
The above points can help infant achieve pink of his health with some delicious recipes making
infants diet non-monotonous and healthy yet tasty. The only contraindication to be followed
before using ragi is to avoid in cases of kids suffering from some congenital kidney ailments. It
is always a better idea to keep adding ragi millet in various recipes, to facilitate baby’s appetite
towards this amazing superfood.
Nachni flour can be used in making upma,idlis,dosas,ladoos etc. Ragi malt can be used to
make porridges ,dry fruit laddos, milkshakes etc. It is always better to dry roast the flour or malt before using to enhance the richness of the flour due to its high levels of polyphenols
compounds, which have high antioxidant effects.