I had sweet tooth today and there was this Ragi flour sitting for long time! Thought of preparing manni (in Kannada they call it ragi halbai) a kind of healthy halwa. My Mom frequently prepared it because my Dad likes it much! Well, recently ragi has gained popularity as an healthy option for it is rich in calcium and fibre. But, food can be healthy or not based on how we cook! Okay, here is how to make Manni ...
1 cup Ragi flour
1 cup fresh grated and ground coconut or coconut milk
1.5 cups grated jaggery, for mild sweet taste, add another half cup if you like sweeeeet!
1 pod cardamom- powdered
1 tablespoon ghee, you can add another if you like strong flavor of ghee
Few roasted cashew nuts
Grease a plate or a mould, keep aside.
In a thick-bottomed saucepan mix ragi flour, ground coconut or coconut milk and 3 cups of water. Don't allow lumps.
Keep it on medium heat and keep stirring to avoid lumps at the bottom. Add jaggery and cardamom powder when the mixture becomes slightly thick. Keep stirring.
Add ghee when the mixture gets considerably thick. Go on stirring ...
Remove from heat when mixture starts leaving the pan. Pour into the greased plate or mould and let it cool to room temperature.
Cut into desired shape and garnish with nuts when serving.
I had posted this recipe long long long ago ... thought of reposting it again with a better look!