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Ragi (Finger Millet) Satva Recipe

Nachni satva or Ragi satva is a sweet delicacy from the tropical land of Goa. This recipe not only tastes divine, it also contains high amounts of calcium and iron! Ragi is a healthy meal option for your munchkin, and this recipe is just the one for you if your child likes sweet delights. If you want to learn how to make a simple Ragi (finger millet) satva recipe, read ahead!

Cooking Time:

Type  Time 
Preparation Time 00:30:00
Cook Time 00:15:00
Total Time 00:45:00

Cooking Method:


Type of Meal:


Suitable For:

Babies over 9 months of age

Meal Schedule:

Mid-morning or evening snack

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You need the following ingredients to make Ragi (finger millet) satva for toddlers:

Type  Quantity / volume 
Ragi 1 cup
Coconut, grated 1 cup
Jaggery 1 cup
Cashew nuts, finely chopped 2 tablespoons
Raisins, finely chopped 1 tablespoon
Cardamom powder ½ teaspoon
Salt A pinch
Water As required
Ghee For greasing


Follow these step-by-step instructions to make ragi satva for your baby:

  1. Soak ragi pearls in enough water for at least 5 to 6 hours.
  2. Grind the grated coconut with some water to make a fine paste. Use a fine muslin cloth to strain coconut milk from the paste by squeezing it nicely.
  3. Mix the jaggery in coconut milk and leave it to dissolve while you make the other preparations.
  4. Take the soaked ragi and grind into a smooth paste using some water. Use a muslin cloth to extract ragi juice by squeezing the paste. Keep the juice aside for some time. Discard any excess water that comes on top.
  5. Mix the ragi juice into the coconut and jaggery solution.
  6. Heat the mixture in a heavy-bottomed pan on low flame as you keep stirring the mixture continuously.
  7. Add the chopped cashew nuts, chopped raisins, salt, and cardamom powder when the mixture begins to thicken. Mix well.
  8. Grease a flat round dish with ghee and transfer the contents in it. Flatten the mixture using a spatula. Let it cool.
  9. Cut into desired shapes, and serve this yummy delight to your little one!

Recipe Tips

Here are some tips that you can use if you want to make the perfect homemade ragi (finger millet) satva baby food recipe:

  • It is important to soak the ragi for a few hours. If possible, soak the ragi pearls overnight.
  • You can add other chopped nuts such as pistachios, walnuts, chestnuts, etc. to add more texture to the recipe. However, for younger babies, you can skip adding nuts to the recipe.
  • You can use other kinds of sweeteners such as palm sugar, brown sugar, etc. in place of jaggery.
  • You can store ragi satva in the fridge for a couple of days. Before serving, take out the required amount and bring it to room temperature.

Nutrition Information (serving per 100 grams)

Type  Value 
Energy 320 calories
Carbohydrates 75 grams
Protein 8 grams
Fats 3 grams
Sodium 5 grams

Health Benefits

Now you know the steps to make ragi (finger millet) satva, you should also know the many health benefits of this yummy recipe:

  • Loaded with calcium, ragi is an excellent meal option, as it helps in the formation of bones and teeth in growing babies.
  • Ample amounts of nutritional content in ragi prevent malnutrition in young kids.
  • An excellent source of iron, feeding ragi to your baby on a regular basis can prevent iron deficiencies.
  • Ragi is also a good source of dietary fibre, thus keeping digestive issues at bay.

Buying Guide

Keep the following tips in mind when buying ingredients for making ragi satva for your toddler:

  • Make sure you check the best before and date of packaging on the label before buying ragi.
  • Buy organic ragi pearls for your baby, as they are without any harmful pesticides and chemicals and thus safe for your little one.
  • Make sure you buy branded products from renowned food-grade brands.

This sweet recipe is very easy and simple to make, and is highly nutritious at the same time. Try this ragi (nachni) satva recipe next time you want to make a sweet delicacy for your little one!

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