Raab/Millet Flour Porridge
What is Raab?
Raab is like a soup or porridge made from pearl millet flour (bajri). Incidentally, Ragi(Finger Millet) Raab, Ragi Kanji or Ragi Porridge is very popular in South India. Also its a very popular breakfast in Kenya and is called Uji. In the case of my grandmother, whenever she didn’t feel like eating a normal meal, a bowlful of Raab or Millet Porridge was what she would want. Lactating mums are given Raab everyday and its also a remedy for sore throats and colds. Also given to people recovering from an illness. In addition to other pureed food, babies are given a tablespoon or two of Raab.
Health Benefits of Raab
- Raab has loads of benefits.
- Its comfort food, wards off cold, flu and coughs.
- Prepare it when you feel like having something sweet and hot. Its nutritious so you can sip through it without any guilt.I love raab and find any excuse to make it.
- Added with Gond or Edible Gum, its beneficial for the elderly or lactating mums as it provides stamina.
- Its a filling meal.
Here are some of the benefits of the ingredients used in making Raab:
Millet flour: easily digested, has alkaline properties, rich in magnesium, rich in protein and niacin, gluten free, the serotonin in millet has a calming effect on ones mood, it has low glycemic index, good for the heart, keeps cholesterol in check, good for digestion which helps to eliminate problems like bloating, constipation, cramps, excess gas. The benefits are numerous.
Jaggery: a great remedy for anemia, joint pains and menstrual cramps.Purifies the blood, boosts energy, prevents constipation, high in minerals, cleanses the liver, increases immunity, reduces premenstrual syndrome.
Ghee: stimulates the secretion of gastric juices to aid digestion, soothing for the throat, rich in Vitamins A, D, E and K.
Ginger:anti inflammatory properties, prevents nausea, helps to get rid of nose and chest congestion, helps to revive a dull appetite, helps fight infections.
Fennel seeds: increases production of milk in lactating mothers, rich source of fiber, helps digestions, prevents bloating and excess gas,relieves water retention, provides strength,rich in antioxidants, rich in copper which is required for production of red cells.
Ajwain(carom seeds or bishop weed): aids digestion,wards off constipation, beneficial to pregnant and lactating mums,relieves cough and asthma, helps prevent bloating, good remedy for migraines.
Almonds: help build strong bones and teeth, help to reduce heart diseases, boost brain activity, provide energy and alkalize the body.
Gond or Edible Gum: My grandmother always use to insist on adding fried Gond or edible gum as she would always tell us that its good for the back. Gond helps to ward off colds, coughs and eases chest congestion. In addition, it takes care of any digestive ailments like diarrhea.
Pepper: In addition to having anti inflammatory properties, it also stimulates circulation and mucous flow.
Can you replace millet flour?
Most certainly you can, replace pearl millet flour with sorghum flour(jowar), finger millet flour (nachni or ragi), Buckwheat flour (kuttu ka atta), Barley flour (jau), wheat flour or rice flour.
- In the case of babies, add nut powder, make it using milk, and add a bit of honey.
- If you don’t enjoy sweet raab, you can make a savory one with yogurt, water, salt and add spices of your choice.
Our Grandmothers probably didn’t know all the benefits of having raab but still used it as the most natural remedy for almost everything. This is one recipe that probably has been passed along through generations. With all the health benefits,how can one really ignore a soup or porridge?
Where my family is concerned, after Raab the other most popular remedy for cold and coughs is Turmeric Tea Latte or as we call it at home Hardar Varu Doodh or Haldi Ka Doodh.
Another alternate for fussy eaters like kids or the elderly Strawberry Finger Millet Smoothie is nutritious and filling.
Alternately I make a cup of hot water, add 1 tsp turmeric powder, ¼ tsp pepper powder and 1 tsp honey. Mix it well and sip on it.
Raab or Millet Flour Porridge
The colour of the raab will depend entirely on the colour of the jaggery. I have used organic jaggery which is darker in colour. Consistency can vary from a thin gruel to a thick one depending on the amount of flour you use.Go on make raab for a sick person or just because you feel like having a hot energetic drink.
- Gluten Free
- For Vegan version replace ghee with coconut oil
RAAB/MILLET FLOUR PORRIDGE
1 cup water
1-2 tbsp grated jaggery (gur)
1 tsp gond or edible gum
2 tbsp millet flour
1- 2 tsp ghee (clarified butter)
¼ tsp carom seeds (ajwain, bishop weed)
½ tsp fennel seeds (valiyari)
¼ tsp cardamom powder (elachi)
1 tbsp almond powder
½ tsp ginger powder
pinch of saffron
a generous pinch of pepper powder
- Put water and jaggery in a pan. Heat it till the jaggery melts. Strain the liquid to remove any impurities.
- Add ginger powder to it and mix well.
- Heat ghee in another pan over very low heat.
- Add Gond or edible gum and stir fry it till it puffs up.
- Remove it from the ghee and let it cool.
- Crush it lightly.
- To the remaining ghee in the pan, add carom and fennel seeds.
- Add millet flour and stir is continuously till you get the aroma and it begins to bubble a bit. (1-2 mins)
- Add almond powder and mix for a few seconds.
- Add the hot jaggery water. Be careful as the water will splatter.
- Stir the mixture and cook it over low heat till it becomes slightly thick.
- Add cardamom and black pepper powder. Add saffron and serve.
- If you are going to serve this to an elderly person who had chewing problems then its best to grind the fennel and ajwain seeds into a powder.
- Add sliced almonds for a more filling drink.
- Stir fry the millet flour over low heat. Make sure it does not burn.
- Can add more ghee if you like.
- Sometimes a pinch of turmeric powder is added if having it to decongest the nose or chest.
- For a thicker raab add 3 tbsp of millet.
- You can add more ginger powder. Adjust the ingredients according to your taste.
- Add other nuts of your choice.
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