Finger Millet/ Ragi (Tamil: Kelvargu; Malayalam: Koovarugu; Hindi: Mandua; Telugu: Ragulu; Kannada: Ragi)
     Health benefits include: 1) Good source of natural calcium for growing children and older adults and helps improve bone strengthening 2) Energy for weight watchers, as it contains the amino acid tryptophan that reduces the appetite. Besides, being high in fibre, it provides a feeling of fullness when consumed 3) Beats high sugar and cholesterol – Ragi is beneficial for diabetics as well as those with high cholesterol, as the high fibre content of Ragi makes it a food item with low glycaemic index. That is, it results in slow increase in blood sugar level.
You can prepare crispy, paper thin tasty as well as nutritious dosas with this batter.

Ragi flour – 2 cups
Urad dhal- ½ cup
Fenugreek seeds/ Methi seeds- 1 teaspoon
Salt- to taste
Oil-to grease
  • Soak urad dhal and fenugreek seeds together for 1-2 hours. Grind as a fine paste in a blender.
  • Add the ragi flour with ground urad dhal, ¼ cup at a time and mix well with ladle without forming any lumps.
  • Add salt to taste. Mix well and allow to ferment for around 6-7hours or overnight
  • After fermentation mix the batter well with a ladle to make crispy dosas. If the batter is too thick add a bit of water and mix well.
  • Slightly grease the dosa pan with oil. Add a ladle full batter and spread paper thin and allow to cook.  Flip and cook the dosas if you like.
  • Serve hot with any chutneys/ sambar.