Saturday, November 17, 2018

Ragi Halbai/Fingermillet & Coconut Halwa

Halubai or Halubai, this sweet is quite popular in Udupi,Mangalore and Malnad regions of Karnataka for festivals or celebrations. Often made with rice, jaggery and coconut, this sweet can be prepared well with Semolina aka Rava and Fingermillet aka Ragi. I have already tried making this Halubai with Semolina and you can find here for an another event. And my today's post is going to an another version of Halubai cooked with a millet which is quite interesting and healthy to add in our diet. I have been cooking with ragi flour aka fingermillet flour for a while. I do add them in my parathas, in most of my bakes and not to forget that this millets have their own place in my pantry. Healthy and definitely a nutritious millet to add often in our weekly diet, this millets are one of my favourite. However this millets are used for making many traditional village style sweet dishes like ragi jaggery adai, simli etc.. Coming to my today's Halubai, its a must to try as this sweet is definitely a delicious one.

Ragi Halbai, Ragi Halwa

Traditional way of preparing ragi halubai may be bit time consuming, as whole fingermillets are soaked and grinded as paste to extract their milk which is later used for making this dish. However if you are looking for an easy or cheat method of making this traditional dish, dont ran behind the whole fingermillets, just grab a packet of ragi flour and make this dish.And this ragi flour method works awesome to dish out this incredible ragi halwa. Am running this week's blogging marathon with Millet dishes as theme, obviously the posts for this week are going to be some healthy millet dishes to give a try without any fail.

Finger millet Halbai

Recipe Source: Here
1cup Ragi flour
1cup Jaggery
2cups Thick coconut milk
3tbsp Ghee
Few cashew nuts
1/4tsp Cardamom powder
Melon seeds (for decorating)

Blend the ragi flour with slightly warmed coconut milk as smooth paste.

Meanwhile make a jaggery syrup with one and half a cup of water and filter the syrup to remove the impurities.

Now combine both the ragi paste and jaggery syrup in a pan and cook in simmer.

Keep stirring and take care not to form lumps.

Ragi Halbai

Add the ghee in small amount while stirring and keep on stirring until the mixture turns thick.

Once the halwa gets off from the bottom of the pan, put off the stove. Add chopped cashew nuts to the halwa give a mix.

Pour this mixture on a greased plate, garnish with melon seeds.

Let it sit for few minutes and slice them as you wish.

Enjoy this delicious Ragi Halbai.

Fingermillet coconut halbai



Nalini's Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Halwa with ragi sounds inviting,must be a delicious and flavorful one.

MySpicyKitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Ragi halva with coconut milk looks good.

Rafeeda AR said... Reply To This Comment

Ragi is not something that is loved in our house due to its peculiar taste, but I guess I can get the folks to eat it, in this way! Love that it is made in coconut milk...

Srividhya said... Reply To This Comment

I would definitely not call this as cheat method but easy method. :-) :-) Very interesting recipe.

Ritu Tangri said... Reply To This Comment

This is a cool looking halwa and if the looks are good it becomes easy to make everybody eat a healthy grain like ragi that they otherwise won't.

Harini R said... Reply To This Comment

I agree there is no cheat method here. This looks like a perfectly healthy way to make a halwa.

Gayathri Kumar said... Reply To This Comment

Very healthy version of halwa. Cooked in coconut milk, this must be so flavourful.

Chef Mireille said... Reply To This Comment

fabulous consistency - and with all the health benefits of the millet flour

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said... Reply To This Comment

I never knew that we could use ragi the same way as wheat and make halwa with its milk. This looks so good and doable. I am definitely going to give this a try.

sushma said... Reply To This Comment

Wow Ragi Halwa sounds so interesting and it looks so beautiful too. Good one.

Pavani said... Reply To This Comment

Oh my, what an interesting halwa with ragi. Thanks for sharing this traditional recipe - it looks absolutely delicious.

code2cook said... Reply To This Comment

I am 1000% sure this ragi halbai would be so so delicious. after trying ragi barfi I love ragi and sweetness. sure a treat and must try recipe to make. healthy and nutritious.

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

That halwa looks fabulous Priya, what a fantastic find you have here..