Ragi Flour – 1 cup (You can buy this from stores)
Cardoman Powder – ¼ + ¼ tsp
Salt – a tiny pinch
Ghee – 1 tsp + 1 tsp
Grated Coconut – ¼ cup
Jaggery Powder or Grated Jaggery – ¼ cup
Medium hot water – as required
Roast Ragi Flour for about 2 to 3 minutes in low to medium flame – stirring all the time so that it does not burn. Roast till the flour become hot. Now, allow it to cool.
Take the flour in a mixing bowl. Add 1 tbsp of Sugar, a pinch of Salt and a tsp of Ghee. Mix well.
Add medium hot water little by little and rub the flour till no trace of dry flour is seen. To check whether we have made the correct consistency, make a fistful of ball. It should hold together. When you press the ball, it will crumble and fall. You can stop adding water and rubbing once you achieve this consistency of the flour with water. You have to make this process slowly and not hurry with it. By doing so, you will get a soft Puttu mixture.
You may find small bumps in the Puttu mixture. Crumble them with fingers. This process will consume more time. Instead, take this mixture in a food processor or a mixer; operate in pulse mode for just 3 to 4 seconds and the mixture will become free of lumps.
Take the Ragi Flour in a mixing bowl. Add Salt and a tsp of Ghee. Make the Puttu mixture as shown earlier. Crumble it in a mixture jar for 5 to 10 seconds to break the lumps. Transfer to the bowl. Add Cardoman Powder and mix well.
Pour the Puttu Mixture and half the grated Coconut in a soft cotton cloth. Fold the cloth slightly as it should not touch the water in the steamer.
Heat the water in a steamer. Or idle cooker / pan. Steam the Ragi Puttu for 10 to 12 minutes. The Puttu is done. It will not stick to the fingers once it is done.
Transfer the Puttu to a bowl. Add Jaggery Powder, ¼ tsp of Cardoman Powder, a tsp of Ghee and the remaining grated Coconut. Mix well.
The healthy and delicious Sweet Ragi Puttu is ready.
It can be served as a breakfast dish or can be given to the children once they return from school.
Note: I used Organic Ragi flour.