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/ Millet Porridge was what she would want. Lactating mums are given Raab everyday for the nutritional values. Its also a remedy for sore throats and colds. Also, its given to people recovering from an illness. In addition to other food, toddlers 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, protein and niacin. Its also gluten free. Incidentally, the serotonin in millet has a calming effect on ones mood. As it has a low glycemic index good for controlling blood sugar. Excellent for digestion and 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 toddlers, 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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January 29, 2015 at 8:37 pm
I made this the otherday when I had the flu.Your recipe looks delicious I will try it next time.
January 29, 2015 at 10:29 pm
There are certainly some great ingredients here guaranteed to make you feel well, grandmothers did know a thing or two back then!
January 30, 2015 at 2:36 am
lovely healthy raab
January 30, 2015 at 3:32 pm
Looks delicious and healthy
June 26, 2016 at 9:46 am
Thanks for the share dear. My kids really liked it
June 26, 2016 at 4:53 pm
Thanks Shobana,I'm glad your kids loved it.
May 29, 2018 at 7:37 pm
Raab looks absolutely nutritious and lipsmacking. Love to have these sort of porridge for my breakfast. Delicious porridge.
May 29, 2018 at 9:55 pm
Thanks Priya, its really very nutritious and healthy.
January 26, 2020 at 2:09 am
I would love to have this as I like jaggery dishes.. I have once tried out the savoury version of Rajasthani Raab.That one has a thicker consistency.
January 26, 2020 at 1:16 pm
Shobha, the consistency depends on individuals. When given to replace a meal for people who are sick or after pregnancy, we make it thick. If its to ward off colds then its thinner so one can sip on it.
January 26, 2020 at 8:10 pm
It’s cold here and I would love to taste your raab. It makes a filling drink anytime of the day. I have never tasted it with gond so will have to make some to taste.
January 28, 2020 at 7:20 pm
Thanks Mina, I remember my mum would make it with Gond after I had delivered my first born.
Mireille Roc (@ChefMireille)
January 27, 2020 at 4:47 am
love all the detailed nutritional information you provided. Really makes you feel good about indulging in this delicious porridge.
January 28, 2020 at 7:19 pm
Thank you so much Mireille.
October 12, 2020 at 4:41 pm
I have heard a lot about Raab but never tried it. Looks and sounds so healthy, I definitely will love the sweet porridge but since hubby will be sharing make it savoury! Looks like breakfast for the day after is settled. 😀 Thanks.
October 12, 2020 at 7:10 pm
Thanks Archana, raab plays an important role for nursing mums and I remember having it practically every day for nearly 3-4 months. Also very good for chesty coughs, colds and flu.
October 14, 2020 at 1:05 pm
This is such a good recipe and coming from the older generation it is to be preserved. Looks so good and ideal when we are down with flu.
October 14, 2020 at 7:06 pm
Thank you so much Jayashree.
October 14, 2020 at 7:16 pm
I love all the spices used in this porridge. what a flavorful combination
October 14, 2020 at 11:31 pm
Thanks Mireille and its so delicious. I love it.
October 14, 2020 at 9:13 pm
Pearl millet porridge is so healthy and filling breakfast option. I personally prefer savory ones than sweet. we make kambu(pearl millet) koozh or kali similar to finger millet ones in South.
October 14, 2020 at 11:28 pm
That’s interesting. I like also the savory finger millet one that I make sometimes.