24 February 2013

Muthari Kurukku / Ragi (Finger Millet) Porridge

Ragi or Finger Millet is well known to people in India. It is very much part of their diet at least during childhood. The specialty of these red pearls is that it is full of nutrients.Especially iron and calcium which is why it is given to babies and toddlers. Both my kids had them daily from the time they were 6 months old. It is gluten free and easily digestible for kids. It makes their bones strong and help them grow. I remember my granny making this porridge for me even when I was 13. She used to grind it to a fine paste on a grinding stone and make me have them every day. 

Ragi is good for people of all age groups. It is considered good for people on a diet too because it is rich in fiber and reduces cholesterol. It is considered to be one of the least allergenic and not an acid forming food.


Finger Millet / Ragi / Muthari - 3 tbsp
Husked Wheat - 1 1/2 tbsp
Water - 1 cup
Milk - 3/4 cup
Sugar - 3 tsp

Wash the finger millet and husked wheat in cold water (3-4 times).
Soak for 10 - 15 minutes.
In a dry mixer, pulse the finger millet broken wheat mixture thrice.
Add 1/4 cup water and grind to a fine paste.
Add in the rest of the water into the mixer and stir.
Pass this mixture through a sieve into a milk pan.
Switch on the flame to medium. Keep stirring else it will become thick before it cooks.
When it almost comes to a boil add the milk and stir.
Cook well till bubbles start forming on top and the porridge thickens.
Let cool and serve.

If you are planning to feed the baby in a bottle with spoon attached, add more milk so that it is easy for the baby to drink.
For older kids who are 1 year and above, add 2 almonds to the mixture while grinding after removing its skin.


  1. Aww..i did the same for my kids too.......daily dose of muthaari.........nostalgic post for me rinku :)

  2. some habits that are coming back for children are such kurukkus... lovely post rinku... :)

  3. very healthy for an awesome day....

  4. porridge looks delicious and creamy!

  5. Very healthy and yummy porridge...comfort and filling.

  6. Very delicious and nutritious porridge. Excellent preparation.

  7. Healthy recipe Rinku :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  8. I love this Muthari kurukku....used to feel a little lazy preparing this for my kids when they were small..but once they feel full the remaining goes into my mouth..hehe

  9. But whole milk cannot be given to babies under 1 year...so can you suggest an alternative for whole milk...btw ur recipie looks yummy...

    1. Thanks Lakhmi. About your query..I have diluted the milk here by adding water. But you can make it without the milk too. And instead of sugar you can add good quality jaggery or crystal sugar( kalkkandam).


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