Ragi Malt (salty version)

Millet is one of the oldest human foods and believed to be the first domesticated cereal grain. Among all the varieties of millet, Finger millet / Ragi / Mandia / Nachni is an important staple food in India. It has a slightly higher water requirement than most other millet. The plant carries several spikes / fingers at the top of the stem. The grain is so small, around 1-2 mm in diameter. This is really an amazing ‘super cereal’ which has many benefits like

  • loaded with high content of protein
  • a rich source of minerals
  • controls diabetes
  • anti-microbial properties
  • high anti-cancer potential
  • helps to reduce bad cholesterol as well as prevent cardiovascular disease and lots more.

Many recipes can be prepared using this millet. Particularly this millet is used in powder form, means the ragi flour. Here I have come up with a salty drink using this healthy millet flour as ‘Salty Ragi Malt‘. The whole process is so simple and hardly it takes few minutes to complete. The buttermilk is added here to adjust the consistency of the drink. If you want you can go with normal water as well. I have used some homemade buttermilk just by mixing curd and water in 1:2 ratio. This salty drink is an amazingly healthy and nutritious choice for people of all age group. If trying for babies, then the seasoning part has to be omitted.

So do try this salty version of Ragi Malt. If you tried my recipe and enjoyed fully, then please share some pictures of your creation with me. Also give your valuable feedback either in the comment box below or tag me as #firsttimercook on Instagram. You may also follow me on FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+Instagram and can subscribe for free to get new recipes directly into your inbox 😊

Preparation Time : 2 mins  |  Cooking Time : 5 mins 

Ingredients :        



Ragi flour

¼ cup


4 cup

Mustard seed

¼ tsp


1 pinch


As needed


As needed

Coriander leaf


Method :

  1. In a saucepan, first mix the ragi flour and water till no lumps are there.
  2. Then cook the ragi mixture for 3-4 minutes.
  3. When the mixture is heated, it always starts to form lumps immediately, so its always important to keep stirring the mixture continuously.
  4. Then turn off heat and allow the whole mixture to cool down completely.
  5. Next add the buttermilk, salt and mix till everything incorporated well.
  6. Now heat oil in a tadka pan.
  7. Add hing, mustard seed and allow to splutter.
  8. Pour this seasoning over the ragi mixture.
  9. Also add some finely chopped coriander leaves. I don’t prefer to add coriander leaves here, so I have not added.
  10. Mix everything well and adjust the consistency of the whole drink by adding more or less water / buttermilk.
  11. Serve this salted ragi malt chilled or as it is !

Notes :

  • Here i have used homemade buttermilk. Just in a bowl, mix curd and water in 1:2 ratio until smooth. And the buttermilk is ready.
  • Few curry leaves can be added to the seasoning.

PIN for later :

This ‘Ragi Malt (salty version)‘ is contributed for 53th Healthy Wellthy Cuisines where the theme is Ragi Fest at HW.  Here are more similar recipes shared by our Healthy Wealthy Group members as Ragi HalbaiRagi wheat snackersRagi Dates LadduChutney stuffed ragi idliRagi Pakoda.



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  1. Poonam Bachhav

    Healthy share Sasmita ! Love the earthy flavor of Ragi.

  2. Vanitha Bhat

    One of my favorite drinks, but it is sweet!! Must try this salty version!!! Yummy and healthy!

    1. Unknown

      I have never tried this recipe. i will give this recipe a try very soon. Beautiful presentation.

  3. Praneetha

    Being a Kannadiga, Ragi Malt is a drink I grew up drinking almost everyday. A staple in most of our families. This salted version sounds so lip smacking,will definitely try it.

  4. Indfused

    Love this healthy share Sasmita!

  5. Geetha Priyanka

    Rahi malt is a staple in our family, though I never tried with tadka. I will try next time. Lovely post

  6. Lata Lala

    Ragi is my favorite grain. I have never tried making malt out of it. Looks delicious.

  7. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen
    Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    One of my favorite drinks during summer, i love to add some ginger too!! Looks refreshing !❤️

  8. code2cook

    ragi malt look delicious, though I never had it. It is very nutritious drink and if anyone who loves is surely benefited. I got my workaround to eat ragi.

  9. Lathiya

    The salty version of Ragi looks yum…it's an ultimate healthy dish to have..I make a sweet version of it..will try this one next time

  10. Nisha

    This is so filling and looks delicious. We usually have the sweet version – ragi kanji. This is a perfect breakfast grab and go!

  11. Hayley

    I do use ragi flour but yet to make ragi malt, must try soon as winter approaching fast 🙂

  12. cookwithrenu

    Wow a drink with ragi simply yum and delicious…

  13. Ritu Tangri

    Wow! Quite a healthy drink. I must include in my diet. Thanks for sharing.

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