Organic Finger Millet (Ragi) Panwich

May 10, 2016

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About Vedica Organics

We established Vedica Organics LLC as a family business to connect organic farmers in India to international consumers seeking high quality organic products.

Ragi (aka Finger Millet), is widely grown as a cereal in the arid areas of Africa and Asia. Originated in East Africa, has been found in an Indian archaeological site dated to 1800 BC, with India being a major cultivator.

 

 Benefits of Ragi

Ragi with its many goodness and nutritional components as explained by Medindia, makes it necessary part of a vegan or a vegetarian diet. Listed below are few of the Ragi benefits:

 

Weight Loss

It has a much higher amount of dietary fibre compared to white rice and other grains. It is also a low fat cereal and most of the fats are in the unsaturated form. This makes it the best choice in grains for you, if trying to lose weight.


For Bones

Ragi is the richest source of calcium among plant foods. It helps in development of bones in growing children and in maintenance of bone health in adults and aging people. Thus Ragi helps to keep bone problems at bay and could reduce risk of fractures too. 

 

For Diabetics

Regular consumption of finger millet is known to reduce the risk of diabetes mellitus and gastrointestinal tract disorders. According to research Finger Millet based diets help diabetics as they contain higher amounts of fibre over other cereals and millets. Diets based on whole finger millet have a lower ability to increase blood sugar level.

Lowering High Cholesterol Levels

Ragi contains amino acids which hinders fat formation in the liver, and helps to bring down the cholesterol levels. The high fibre content of Ragi also helps to manage cholesterol problems.

Anaemia Remedy

Ragi is an excellent plant source of natural Iron. Its consumption helps in tackling Anaemia. Vitamin C increases iron absorption. Sprouted Ragi develops vitamin C in the process of sprouting, therefore the iron in Ragi becomes more bioavailable when consumed as sprouted Ragi flour or Ragi malt.


Relaxation

One amazing benefit of Ragi is that it helps in relaxing the body naturally. It is found to be beneficial in conditions of anxiety, depression and migraine.

 

Source of Essential Amino Acids

Ragi is rich in Amino Acids vital for the body which helps in several aspects like muscle repair, blood and bone formation, improves skin health, facilitates metabolism and repair of body tissues. Ragi (aka Red Millet) is useful in various body processes, is main provider of sulphur in body, which is the body's natural and most important antioxidant.

For Nutritional value, click here.

 

Gluten Free Nature

For those who have celiac disease or are sensitive to gluten (who for health reasons should not eat wheat with gluten), Ragi is here for rescue. Following a gluten free diet doesn’t mean giving up many grains, pastas, cereals and processed foods, but look for the tasty alternatives to other sources of gluten.

And the good news is, more and more groceries, online health food stores like Vedica Organics stock gluten-free products for you. Now it has become far easier for people with true gluten problems to eat healthy diets.

Organic Benefit

Once upon a time, Organic food was available only at health food stores, marketed to "tree-hugging" consumers willing to pay extra for "natural," environmentally friendly foods. Today, Organic foods are undeniably mainstream. Not only can they be found at most every neighbourhood grocer, but even giants like Wal-Mart are getting into the act.

"If you can afford them, buy them," recommends New York University professor Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH. "It really is a personal choice but how can anyone think substances, such as pesticides, capable of killing insects, can be good for you?" Consumption of Organic foods can reduce the risk of pesticide exposure.

The popularity of Organic products, which are grown naturally, pesticide-free, chemical free or without use of antibiotics and/or growth hormones is huge. With people who buy Organic are seeking assurance that food production is gentle to the earth, and/or looking for safer, purer and more natural foods.

Let’s turnaround the fortunes of Finger Millet (aka African Millet). Here’s a very interesting Organic Ragi Panwich (Finger Millet Pancake Sandwich) recipe below, and if you enjoy them, include more Ragi in your diet. That would be one miniscule step in the right direction.

Also, Vedica Organics offers highly discounted Organic Ragi products with free shipping !

 

Organic Ragi Panwich (Finger Millet Pancake Sandwich)

 

 

Time

Prep Time: 15 MIN

Cook Time: 20 MIN

Serves: 4

Ingredients

For Organic Ragi Pancake Batter

1/2 cup Organic Ragi flour (Organic Finger Millet Flour)

1/2 cup Organic Whole Wheat Flour

1 large Banana, mashed / 3 tsp. of Granulated Sugar

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

A pinch of Organic Salt

1 Egg whisked (Or Flax meal - Egg Replacer)

Oil for cooking

 

For Panwich

1 teaspoon Butter or Margarine

1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar Cheese

2 teaspoons Water

2 Eggs

1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar Cheese

Bacon/Any Meat/ Hash Brown slice (your choice)

1 teaspoon of Cream of Soup & Sour Cream (if using Hash Brown)

Method

  • Combine all the ingredients listed under Organic Ragi pancake batter in a large mixing bowl (batter should be of pouring consistency but not watery or even too thick).
  • Heat a skillet greased with a little oil on medium heat.
  • Once heated, pour a ladle or 1/4 cup of pancake batter on to the skillet.
  • While the pancake is cooking on medium heat, you will notice the top side begins to get bubbles. Air pockets will slowly get steamed and cooked. At this point flip to the other side and allow it to cook for about 30 seconds.
  • Flip again and place cooked pancakes on cookie sheet.
  • Continue the same with remaining batter and grease the skillet with oil after each batch.
  • Meanwhile, in small bowl, beat the eggs and water with fork or wire whisk.
  • In non-stick skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Pour egg mixture into skillet; cook until top is almost set. Gently lift edges to allow uncooked egg to flow underneath; continue to cook until set. Top with cheese. Remove from heat. Cut into 4 wedges.
  • Place bacon/meat slice in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, and set aside or prepare the cheesy hash browns slice where the hash brown is baked with cream of soup, sour cream and cheese; as an alternative to meat.
  • To assemble each Panwich, top 1 pancake with egg wedge, meat/cheesy hash brown slice and another pancake.

Recipe credits: Archana Doshi, archanaskitchen.com & bettycrocker.com

You can purchase Organic Ragi Atta (Organic Finger Millet Flour) on Amazon or on our Vedica Organics website. We also sell Organic Whole Wheat Flour and Organic Salt as listed in ingredients above.

 

Click the link: http://www.vedicaOrganics.com/products/Organic-ragi-atta-millet-flour to shop with Vedica Organics.



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