Ragi and Oat Pancakes

April 30, 2020mayurisjikoni
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A bit about the group:

Members of this group give their partners two secret ingredients according to the theme decided and prepare a dish. Once the dish is ready we add the photo only and other members try and guess the secret ingredients. Towards the end of the month the secret is revealed when we share the recipe link. This month’s theme MILLETS was suggested by Aruna. Check the delicious Ragi Peanut Ladoo she has made using finger millet.



My Partner

For this theme my partner is Swaty who blogs at Food Trails. Swaty gave me ragi and oats as my secret ingredients while I gave her jaggery and ghee as we both wanted to make something sweet. I initially wanted to make cookies but what are the chances that two partners think of the same dish? After a few days remembered that I wanted to also try out the Ragi and Oats Pancake recipe.

Using the ingredients I gave Swaty, she made some super delicious cookies using ragi (finger millet).  Eggless Ragi Chocolate Cookies that she baked look superb. What a wonderful way to get kids to enjoy millet.


What are Millets?

Millets are cereals or grains and small seed grass belonging to the Poaceae family. Widely grown in African and Asian countries, millet is a  drought resistant crop. Predominantly used as animal fodder in other countries, different types of millets are a part of the the diet in many African and Asian countries. 


Types of Millets:

These grass family grains vary from each other in size, texture and colour. There are two main types:

  • Unhusked or Naked Grains or Major Millets like Pearl Millet (bajra), Finger Millet (ragi, nachni) and Sorghum (Jowar). These seeds don’t have a hard indigestible husk, hull or covering.One can use them as they are. 
  • Husked Grains or Minor Millets like Proso Millet (Chena), Foxtail Millet (thinai), Little Millet (samai), Barnyard Millet (sanwa, samo) and Kodo Millet (Varagu). These grains have a hard covering called the husk or hull. Therefore, these grains need to be hulled and is usually appears like coarse or fine semolina or broken rice.

Unhusked millets are easier for the farmer to process while the husked ones require processing tools like roasters, grinders, ovens etc.


Why Include Millets in Your Diet?

Millets are high in many nutritional minerals and vitamins, digestible fibre and are gluten free.

  • Including millets in your daily diet keeps you feeling full for a longer period than other carbohydrates do and yet it feels light on the stomach.
  • Low glycemic index means that millets help to control blood sugar levels in the body.
  • The magnesium in millets helps to reduce frequencies of migraines and helps to control asthma.
  • Millets are rich potassium and therefore help to regulate blood pressure and helps with good circulation of the blood.
  • Millets are a good source of protein especially for vegetarians.
  • Millets have good digestible fibre which helps to keep the digestion system function well, prevents bloating, constipation and cramps.
  • Millets contain antioxidants that help to flush out toxins from our bodies.


Some Of The Most Popular Millets:

  • Pearl Millet (Bajra)
  • Sorghum (Jowar)
  • Finger Millet (ragi)
  • Barnyard Millet, (samo, sama rice, sanwa, moriyo)
  • Foxtail Millet (thinai)
  • Little Millet, (samai, garjo, sava,samalu)
  • Proso Millet, (chena)
  • Kodo Millet (Varagu, Kodri)
  • Another forgotten known millet that is making a comeback in Karnataka is Browntop Millet or Signal Grass (korale). Will have to check this millet out next time I visit Bangalore.


Some recipes ideas to include millet in your daily diet:

Most of the  grains, can be cooked like rice, some take longer to cook than others. Millet flours can be used to make flatbreads, breads, cookies, snacks, etc. 

As Breakfast or a Snack:
Replace Normal Rice:

Side Dish:

As a snack:


My Preparation: Ragi and Oat Pancakes

I’ve wanted to try out ragi pancakes ever since I saw them on Pinterest. However, most of them had wheat or plain flour combined with finger millet. I wanted to make a gluten free option. So decided to add oats flour. My first batch without eggs didn’t have the pancake texture and hubby thought I would have been better off making them into thin crepes or pudla. Second trial with egg and overripe banana added, the pancakes were soft and had the perfect pancake texture too. It is a wonderful way to enjoy two very nutritional ingredients  all in one and enjoy the taste too at the same time. Did I mention they are sugar free as the banana adds the required sweetness. I served the pancakes with some chocolate sauce and honey. 


Ingredients For Ragi and Oat Pancakes

  • Finger Millet (nacho,ragi, wimbi) flour
  • Oats flour
  • Milk
  • Plain yogurt
  • Baking powder
  • Egg
  • Over ripe Banana
  • Salt
  • Butter or oil
  • Serve it with:
  • Chocolate sauce, or maple syrup or honey or any flavored nut butter
  • Add some fresh fruits and nuts


Dietary Tip:

  • Gluten Free

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Enjoy a gluten free, nutritious breakfast with these no refined sugar pancakes. Sweetness comes from the over ripe banana.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, fusion
Servings 4 pancakes


  • ½ cup ragi (nachni, finger millet, wimbi) flour
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • 1 large overripe banana mashed
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • tsp salt
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder


  • 1 cup mixed fruit chopped
  • honey, maple syrup or chocolate sauce
  • ½ cup chopped nuts optional
  • some butter or oil for cooking


  • Mix the oat and ragi flours together.
  • Add baking powder, cinnamon and salt to the flour. Mix well.
  • In another bowl whisk the egg lightly.
  • Add mashed banana, yogurt and milk to the egg.
  • Whisk well.
  • Add the flour mixture and mix till the flour mixture is incorporated into the liquid.
  • Don't over mix.
  • Heat a skillet or frying pan over medium heat.
  • Add a bit of butter or drizzle some oil in the pan or skillet.
  • Add about ¼ cup of the batter, spread it little using a spoon into a round shape.Don't make it too thin.
  • Drizzle oil or add a pat of butter around it.
  • Lower the heat and let the pancake cook.
  • As the top appears a little dry, flip it over.
  • Add a little oil or butter and let the other side cook.
  • Repeat with the remaining batter.
  • Serve pancakes topped with chopped fruits and nuts of your choice. Drizzle chocolate sauce, honey or maple syrup over the pancakes.


  • Don't let the batter rest for too long as the oat flour will soak up the liquid.Add more if required.
  • Cover the pan with a lid so that the pancakes get cooked well without getting burnt.
Keyword gluten free

Pin for Later:

ragi and oat pancakes


A little request:

If you do try this recipe then please either

  • add a comment below,
  • send a picture to my email mayuri.ajay.patel62@gmail.com
  •  tag me as #mayuri_jikoni on Instagram
  • or tag me on Twitter as #Mayuri1962



  • FoodTrails

    May 1, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    Ragi Oats Pancakes look so fluffy and inviting topped with fruits.eggs. my kids will love to dig into these with their favourite chocolate sauce toppings.. a keeper recipe especially for those on gluten restricted diets,

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2020 at 4:08 pm

      Swaty thanks. Its also a good way to include ragi in your diet and these pancakes were not heavy at all like normal pancakes.

      1. poonampagar

        May 8, 2020 at 8:30 am

        Pancakes with oatmeal and ragi flour look absolutely delicious , soft and fluffy. Great way to add millets into daily diet. I always add overripe bananas to my pancakes as they not only add sweetness to the dish butalso act as an egg substitute. Your fruit and chocolate topping makes the dish all the more desirable !

      2. Sujata Roy

        May 19, 2020 at 11:07 am

        5 stars
        Ragi oats banana pancakes with egg and flavoured with cinnamon. Wow sounds delicious and nutritious. I would also love to have it with some honey, nuts and fresh fruits. Loved this healthy and yummy pancakes Mayuri.

      3. mayurisjikoni

        May 19, 2020 at 3:00 pm

        Thank you so much Sujata, I had mine with honey and hubby had his with chocolate sauce.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    May 5, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    I am loving the combination of flours here, ragi and oats both healthy and gluten free. Adding of bananas will add to sweetness as well would be enjoyed by kids. Healthy, delicious and must try recipe

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 5, 2020 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you so much Renu, hope they love the pancakes.

  • poonampagar

    May 8, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Pancakes with oatmeal and ragi flour look absolutely delicious , soft and fluffy. Great way to add millets into daily diet. I always add overripe bananas to my pancakes as they not only add sweetness to the dish butalso act as an egg substitute. Your fruit and chocolate topping makes the dish all the more desirable !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 8, 2020 at 8:28 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam. I’m hoping to try out an eggless version again. My first trial with it was not so successful as I didn’t use wheat or plain flour. Those actually help to hold the structure.

  • preethi76

    May 9, 2020 at 6:56 am

    Ragi and oats pancakes makes an interesting and nutritious combo. Would love to have these delicious pancakes as you have presented.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 10, 2020 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi, do try the recipe out for brunch..they are quite different from the normal pancakes.

  • sharanya palanisshami

    May 10, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    Ragi was my favorite millet. A healthy pancake with Ragi looks delicious……..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 10, 2020 at 4:22 pm

      Thank you so much Sharanya..

  • The Girl Next Door

    May 11, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Oh my God! These pancakes look so fluffy, delicious and inviting. Who wouldn’t want a bite of these? 🙂

    Absolutely loved the plating!

    Great way to include ragi and oats in one’s diet.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 11, 2020 at 11:39 pm

      Thank you so much Priya and yes its a great way to include ragi and oats in one’s diet.

  • sizzlingtastebuds

    May 14, 2020 at 7:54 am

    two fantastic ingredinets – Ragi and Oats coming together in a pancake ! scrupmtious…

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 14, 2020 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks Kalyani

  • Anu Kollon

    May 14, 2020 at 11:41 pm

    These pancakes look so delicious with all the chocolate sauce and fresh fruits. I have tried ragi with wheat flour pancakes before but this version of gluten free is a must try.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 15, 2020 at 8:16 pm

      Thank you so much Anu, hope you enjoy the pancakes whenever you try them out.

  • Vasusvegkitchen

    May 15, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Ragi and oats pancakes looks amazing di. Such a healthy pancakes di, combination of ragi nd oats flour with banana sounds very interesting di. Loved yummy topping on pancakes di.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 15, 2020 at 8:11 pm

      Thank you so much Aruna.

  • namscorner18

    May 15, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Ragi oats pancakes looks so inviting and sinful. Healthy and filling breakfast. Wow you have some great collection of millet recipes which I can refer later.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 15, 2020 at 8:44 pm

      Thank you so much Narmadha, I love using different kinds of millets.

  • Sasmita

    May 20, 2020 at 8:12 am

    5 stars
    WOW !!! such a scrumptious spread 🙂
    The pancakes using oats and ragi looks as a perfectly healthy breakfast, the toppings (chocolate sauce and fresh fruits) are so inviting .. Love this gluten free version pancake !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 21, 2020 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you so much Sasmita.

  • Archana

    May 22, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    5 stars
    How on earth did I miss commenting on these pancakes? They are absolutely stunning n perfect for my diet which happens whenever I see something as delicious as this ragi n oats pancakes. Will definitely try this pancakes they are fingerlicking delicious.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 22, 2020 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you so much Archana, do try them out, they are soft and delicious.

  • poornima

    May 24, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Wow, what a healthy version of pancake. Loved the way you presented and soon going to try this!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 24, 2020 at 3:42 pm

      Thanks Poornima.

  • Seema Sriram

    June 2, 2020 at 7:54 am

    5 stars
    How exciting is this recipe!!Topped with fruits it looks so beautiful. In addition, it is such a lovely recipe you have presented here with ragi. Thankyou.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 2, 2020 at 6:22 pm

      Thanks Seema.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    June 11, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    5 stars
    Ragi pancakes with oats looks tasty and easy to make. They are ideal to serve for fussy children. Loved it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 11, 2020 at 11:07 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree.

  • Shalini

    September 16, 2020 at 8:40 am

    My two year old loved it. Including Ragi powder to the pancake is an awesome idea and thats attracted me the most. We all loved it. My daughter and husband had it with honey. I just had it plain.
    I have bookmarked many of your other recipes. Planning to try them one by one each.
    Keep up the good work. Have a good day!!

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