Ragi Malt ~ Finger Millet Drink

At times, a lot of sadness engulfs the heart and the mind. Unnecessarily, unknowingly, catching me off guard. Being the month of Ramadan, I am trying to create and thrive on a lot of positive thoughts but at times, I do break and as human, it is normal. Somehow, I am reminded of this Hadith today:

There are seven whom Allah will shade in His Shade on the Day when there is no shade except His Shade: a just ruler; a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic; a man whose heart is attached to the mosques; two men who love each other for Allah’s sake, meeting for that and parting upon that; a man who is called by a woman of beauty and position [for illegal intercourse], but be says: ‘I fear Allah’; a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity; and a man who remembered Allah in private and so his eyes shed tears. 
[Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

At times, we need to continously keep reminding ourselves that we do a lot and leave a lot for the sake of Allah. Maybe things may not show as of now, but InShaAllah during the course of time, it becomes visible but not necessarily in this world. A detailed description of the above Hadith can be found in this link, for those who would be interested to read. :)

During Iftar, we normally make something to drink right after breaking the fast. Normally, it is the Tharikanji, but now I am trying more varieties into it. At times, I make oats, or Kooka Kaachiyathu and sometimes even the Paal Vaazhakka in a more flowing form by adding some water. Now I have discovered that the men are starting to like this version of a nice filling drink that I am already putting it into my list to make it at least a couple of times before Ramadan ends. Raagi or finger millet is well known for its benefits, and personally I never liked it before till I tried making this malt, and I must say I am hooked. The only other way I would use raagi was to make this puttu, but now I have found one more way to use it! Hopefully I will try to use it more into my cooking - hopefully, that is! Hehe... Off to the way this healthy drink is made...

Ragi Malt ~ Finger Millet Drink
Serves 2


2 cups skimmed milk
2 tbsp raagi (finger millet) powder
1 tbsp almond powder (optional)
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
3 tbsp honey
Sliced almonds for garnish


Combine all ingredients except the honey in a saucepan. Mix well and bring to cook on low flame till the mixture boils. Since raagi takes some time to cook, cook till it gets done. Switch off the flame and add the honey. Whisk vigorously till well combined. Pour into mugs, garnish with almonds and enjoy!


1. The almond powder is optional. You can skip it but it gives a nice flavor to the drink.
2. You can sweeten the drink with sugar, brown sugar or grated jaggery - the choice is yours!
3. You can even make this with part coconut milk instead of milk.

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