Sugar free Ragi cookies | Finger Millet cookies

Finger millet / Ragi / Mandia / Nachni is a wonderful ingredient that was lost as compared to the popularity of wheat and rice has grown. One of the forgotten ancient millets, ragi is slowly attracting as the latest desi super food. The grain is a rich source of calcium, protein, iron and more. Ragi grain is very small so that it cannot be polished all that much, which means it basically retains all the good stuff. Ragi has thirty times as much calcium as rice, more then ten times as much fiber and its nutrients are easily absorb-able. It is gluten free, cheap and easily accessible as well. India is the world’s largest producer of ragi. Using this natural wonder either in grain or powder form, one can make a no of dishes starting from breads to bakes to pilaf or even beverages. I have already shared 2 beverages using the ragi as Salty Ragi Malt and Ragi Malt using Date & Almond which is the sweet version.

Today’s post is a cookie recipe using this wonderful finger millet / ragi as Sugar free Ragi cookies. One can use the powder form of this millet. Just roast a bit the ragi and then make a powder in blender jar. Else use the store bought ragi flour and in that case before using in the cookie recipe, just dry roast the flour for 2-3 minutes or till the color gets a wee bit darker then use. 

Well the process here is quite easy and the end result is very healthy and tastes very delicious too. Completely sugar free these cookies are, as I have used jaggery in powder form. Along with ragi flour some wheat flour is also used. Instead of butter olive oil is used to keep the cookies as Vegan, but it is optional. If desired, the 1/2 cup butter can be replaced with olive oil. To get some crunch some chopped dryfruits are also added to the cookies. These cookies are perfect for evening snacks, kids tiffin box without any guilt feelings. So do try these calcium rich cookies loaded with the goodness of ragi and 


Recipe Card for ‘Sugar free Ragi cookies | Finger Millet cookies’ :

Vegan baking, Cookies, Ragi, Finger millet, Jaggery, No sugar cookie, Olive oil, Dry fruits, wheat flour

Cookies, Baking, Vegan, Finger millet, Ragi, Jaggery


Author: sasmita

Sugar free Ragi cookies / Finger Millet cookies

calcium rich vegan cookies loaded with the goodness of ragi and jaggery

prep time: 10 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 35 M


  • Ragi flour (finger millet flour) 2/3 cup
  • Wheat flour 1/3 cup
  • Jaggery powder 1/2 cup
  • Dry fruits (finely chopped) 3 tbsp
  • Olive oil 1/4 cup
  • Baking powder 3/4 tsp
  • Cardamom powder 1/2 tsp
  • Water 2-3 tbsp


How to cook Sugar free Ragi cookies / Finger Millet cookies

  1. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees C.
  2. In a pan roast the ragi flour for 2-3 minutes or till the color gets a wee bit darker.
  3. Transfer to a plate and allow to cool down properly.
  4. Mix together all the dry ingredients as wheat flour, ragi flour, baking powder and jaggery powder in a mixing bowl. Keep aside.
  5. Next add vanilla essence, olive oil and mix well to get a dough structure.
  6. Then add all the chopped dry fruits and gently mix till well incorporated in the dough.
  7. Scoop up 2 tbsp of the mixture and shape into ball.
  8. Flatten slightly and place over a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  9. Similarly make balls from rest dough and arrange on the baking tray keeping some space in between.
  10. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  11. Take out the baking tray from oven and keep aside for 5-10 minutes.
  12. Next transfer the cookies onto a wire rack and allow to cool down completely.
  13. Store in an airtight container and serve when desired !


I have used olive oil, any other vegetable oil can be preferred.
Any other essence one can add here instead of cardamom also.

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This Sugar free Ragi cookies / Finger Millet cookies is contributed for 199th theme of the Foodie Monday Blog Hop foodie group which is decided as ‘Ragi Tales‘ and suggested by ‘Poonam’ who blogs at Annapurna

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  1. Priya Iyer

    Love these healthy ragi cookies, especially so since they are free of refined sugar. A delicious treat for adults and children alike, I say.

  2. Poonam Bachhav

    Sugar free ragi cookies sounds so delicious and healthy treats. This would make a perfect accompaniment with milk for breakfast.

  3. Vasusvegkitchen

    Ragi cookies looks very delicious and healthy as you prepared it using wheat flour instead of maida and that to sugar free sounds crunchy and healthy, superb 👌

  4. Swati

    Suagr-free ragi cookies are guilt-free treat for every age group. The cookies are sp perfectly baked with a beautiful texture.. will love to ahve these with a my chai!!

  5. cookwithrenu

    Fortunately my family loves the dishes made using Ragi and your super healthy cookies looks like a must try and a perfect addition to my Ragi list.

  6. preethi'scuisine

    Home made sugar free cookies are always the best .They are far better and healthy compared to the processed ones.Love these sugar free ragi cookies.Fantastic clicks.

  7. veena

    Sasmita, these booked cutislooks very delicious. I am trying this out for sure

  8. Raju

    So happy to see this blog.The way you explained about ragi(finger millets) benefits and sugar free Ragi cookies was outstanding.For sure i will follow the recipe which you have given above.I also love to mention some more benefits about finger millets(Ragi) click here for details

  9. Sunita

    I have to avoid atta or wheat flour also so what can we substitute for wheat flour

    1. Sasmita

      You can add oats flour or besan instead of atta. Although I have not tried these substitutes, do try and let me know!

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