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"Mane Adige" means "Home Food" in kannada and this blog is all about recipes that I cook. Most of the recipes I post here will be from "Mangalooru" and "Bengalooru " regions of Karnataka,India. Rest of them are the one's which I try out by improvising the recipes got from different sources.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Ragi / Raagi Mudde (Finger Millet)

"Hittam thindam bettam kithettam".... is a kannada saying which means, the one who eats raagi mudde has the strength and power to move hills!!! Originated in the old mysore region of Karnataka, Raagi Mudde is a very popular dish in almost all the rural parts of Karnataka, especially in mysore-mandya regions.
Raagi (Finger Millet, in english), as you all know is very rich in iron content and is very low on fat and calories. Raagi mudde is very filling and thats why it is also the staple food of farmers. Moreover, its so fast and easy to make that your meal will be ready in just a few minutes!!!

I still distinctly remember the first time I tasted raagi mudde..... It was at one of our relative's place in Mysore. I was really young then and it was the first time I had heard of or seen raagi mudde. I was surprised how their entire family was relishing those ugly looking raagi lumps.... My aunt forced me to try it out and I reluctantly picked up a small piece. She instructed me to roll the raagi mudde piece in sambhar gravy and swallow it directly without chewing. I started liking it after having a few pieces and have never stopped liking it till date!!! My mom used to make it for me regularly since then and now, I've started making it myself.

Eating raagi mudde which was once considered below status, is now becoming a style symbol. You get to see raagi mudde mess opening up all over the country, including the capital city of Delhi!! Former Prime Minister Mr. H.D Deve Gowda was reputed to serve a ragi mudde that tasted as if it had been made in Mandya, the Vokkaliga belt of Karnataka. When he was in power, it is said that he even had a separate cook imported from his home town, and even a separate kitchen just outside the main kitchen, for making raagi mudde!! Thanx to our ex-PM for having made this healthy and sumptuous dish famous all over India :)
Raagi mudde-Soppina saaru (green leaf curry) is the most famous combination. However, raagi mudde can be eaten with any gravy or curry. I made green beans sambhar this time. In the rural areas, it is also eaten with crushed green chillies, salt and onions. So, you can choose any side dish of your choice. Here's the raagi mudde recipe.. Enjoi!!

This will be my entry for Nupur's 'R' of A-Z of Indian Vegetables.


1 cup Ragi /Finger millet flour
2 tsp Oil
Salt as per taste

  1. Mix 1 - 1.5 tsp of ragi flour in 1.5 cups of water; Add 2 tsp oil and salt to the mixture.
  2. Heat the mixture in a kadai and bring it to boil. Add the remaining ragi flour, stirring continuously so that no lumps are formed. Ragi should form a single mass.
  3. Close and cook on low heat for about 1-2 mins.
  4. Remove from stove; Wet your hands and make ragi balls of desired size while it is still hot.
  5. Serve hot with any gravy/curry of your choice and enjoi!!

Note: To eat, pull out tiny balls of ragi from the ragi mudde; roll it in the gravy and swallow without chewing.


Freya said...

An unusual and delicious sounding dish! I wish we could get Finger Millet over here - wonder if it goes by another name?

Anonymous said...

Hey!!! I dint know that it was this simple to make!! Tnx. Need to search for ragi now :)


sra said...

Yes, the first thing I thought of when I saw this post was Mr Deve Gowda and his "humble ragi mudde"!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

@Freya and Paul,
I put a search on wiki, and here are the names that I found
Arabic: Tailabon
English: Finger millet, African millet, ragi, koracan
Ethiopia: Dagussa (Amharic/Sodo), tokuso (amharic), barankiya (Oromo)
French: eleusine cultivee, coracan, koracan
German: Fingerhirse
India: Ragi (Kannada, Telugu), Kelvaragu (Tamil), Maduva (in some parts of north INDIA), Nachani (Marathi)
Kenya: Wimbi (kiswahili), mugimbi (Kikuyu)
Nepal: Koddo
Sri Lanka: Kurakkan
Sudan: Tailabon (Arabic), ceyut (Bari)
Swahili: Wimbi, ulezi
Tanzania: Mwimbi, mbege
Uganda: Bulo
Zambia: Kambale, lupoko, mawele, majolothi, amale, bule
Zimbabwe: Rapoko, zviyo, njera, rukweza, mazhovole, uphoko, poho
Hope it helps! :)

right Maaya... Its really easy to make :)

yeah, thats right!!! Thanx to him...

FH said...

Great read and about Deve Gowda's culinary preference too.My husband who is from Sakleshpura coffee estates,still doesn'tlike it and in-laws still think it's lowly!!Their loss,right?;D
I have Mudde too at FH with Moolangi Gojju, my Mysore granmother's style.Sometimes I make it just for myself and have it for lunch.Looks lovely.We also eat with Uppin saaaru made with Alasande rasa,green cillies,garlic.Yummy:)
Send this to me when I host RCI K'taka in Sept.Please post beans saaru recipe too with home made saaru pd:)

Sreelu said...


Got to eat this during my days at b'lore must say its a taste that's acquired slowly.

chand said...

Wow Ramya ..raagi mudde..i thought i can never make it myself..reminds me of my mom making it on sundays..we used to relish it with erulli gojju and hasi majjige...thanks for the recipe :)

archana said...

This is something new to me.Looks simple to make.Thanks for sharing this healthy dish :)

Sia said...

whenever i look at ragi mudde it reminds me of deve gowda;)

Sia said...

and looks like i am not the only one who has same thoughts;)

Sig said...

Ramya, that is another new for me, never had this... So, this no chewing rule, what is that for?

Arts said...

Something new for me.. seems cool.. will try it with Sambar sometime!

Suganya said...

Hay this sounds different to me...But i can say it is a healthy dish by looking it. nice picture.

Kajal said...

Nice entry for Nupur, looks yummy.:)
Thanks for sharing my dear.:)

Nupur said...

What a delicious dish, and super-easy. The dish looks so satisfying!

Roopa said...

wonderfull entry ramya, nice writeup too! i still am somehow never got used to raggi mudde but i love all others malt, roti, mani one of my favorite. i still do nu how to swallow it ha ha :)

Seena said...

couldn't believe ragi got lowest position..In Kerala, this is considered as a nutritious food, and make Pathiri, puttu,dosa,cereals etc with this..especially for kids and aged..thanks for a different recipe..

Cynthia said...

The simplicity of this dish and its ingredients is what makes it appealing.

Aruna said...

Ramya, Raagi mudde thindu thumba varshane agide, now seeing ur oic I'm craving for it :-) Thx


Lakshmi said...

hmmmmm, Mudde photo chenagi bandide. Namma maneya weekend dish, esp in the afternoon. As you rightly said, soppinasaru is the ultimate combo with ragi mudde. Another fact is it is a great diabetic food.

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Thanx Asha.. yeah, will post that recipe sometime later:)

Yeah, right.... You need to have it a few times before you start liking it !!

@Chandana, Archana,
Thanx girls... :)

Oh yeah... Thats what comes forst to my mind too!! So I made sure I mention about HDD in my write up :)

hehe :D yeah... this ones got the no chewing rule!! thats bcoz ragi would be sticky and it would stick to your teeth if you tried chewing. Besides, it doesn't have any masala. So, it would not have any great taste without the gravy!!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

@Arts, Sukanya, Kajal, Nupur,
Hey, thanx girls!! its indeed healthy.... do try it out sometime.

hehe :D I completely understand.... My dad says the same thing too. He still cannot get himself to like it :)

@Seena, Cynthia, Aruna,
Hey, thanx there!! yeah, it hardly takes a few minutes to make it. Do try it out sometime....

@Taste of Mysore,
Oh yeah... its indeed good for ppl w/ diabetes. Forgot to mention it in the write up.. thanx :)

deena said...

hi ..visiting ur blog for the first time ..u have some amazing recipes..ragi is indeed a staple food here in b'lore i guess..do visit my blog too..thanks

Sharmi said...

I have heard a lot about this dish. lot of kannadiga friends have this. tasted it when I was very young. they also say that they have it with meat gravy right?
looks awesome and healthy.

Richa said...

wow! raagi mudde looks yum and as u mentioned so healthy as well!
btw why is it to be swallowed and not chewed?

mynanhipari said...

wow! yummy raagi mudde......photo nodi baayalli neerurtha idhe:) I just love Raagi mudde-soppina huli combo and also the taste of the huli after the mudde is all over...raagi adds the extra flavor to it:) its been a while since I made it.....will surely make it this week....
The reason it has to be swallowed and not chewed is maybe because its very sticky and tends to stick to your teeth.

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

@Deena, Sharmi, Richa, Mynanhipari,
hey, thanx girls..... Glad you like dit!! Yeah, you swallow it bcoz it would stick to your teeth otherwise!!

Prema Sundar said...

Have heard and read abt it in some blogs but haven't tried it. sounds healthy and nice.

Anonymous said...

houdu, nange mudde maaDoke barutte, aa beans huLi barolla, adakken tiruv beku?

Anonymous said...

thankyou for the recipe. I am from karnataka, our food is so delicious. I would appreciate if you can give simple Karnataka recipes for pregnant ladies.Especially women like me who live in other countries and dwhose parents are not alive to look after. It will be wonderful. Types of food that could be eaten during morning sickness. Right now I am pregnant and I feel so tired to cook and I cannot eat hard food. Right now I drink only ragi ganji. My tongue tastes so bitter. Please give some simple and digestable karnataka recipes for pregnant ladies.

Anonymous said...

thankyou for the recipe. I am from karnataka, our food is so delicious. I would appreciate if you can give simple Karnataka recipes for pregnant ladies.Especially women like me who live in other countries and dont have parents to look after. It will be wonderful. Types of food that could be eaten during morning sickness. Right now I am pregnant and I feel so tired to cook and I cannot eat hard food. Right now I drink only ragi ganji. My tongue tastes so bitter. Please give some simple and digestable karnataka recipes for pregnant ladies.

Anonymous said...

Hi guys
I live in Delhi, am married to a lovely guy frm UP, and so naturally I crave for my mum's food and all the goodies of Mysore - my home town. ragi mudde got me craving for home-food again!!!
Surely I shall have it next time I visit home.
Yaaro obru kannada dallu barediddare - nodi khushi aayithu.

Anonymous said...

Rajan says:
It is better swallowed after you dip it in the curry.
If chew, it sticks to the teeth and tongue. It is difficult to remove it from the groves in between teeth.
In fact there is no NEED to chew.
Its fragrance is what makes it appetizing. Fragrance is less in case of cooked rice. If some one does not like swallowing mudde, they can make rotis or even dosai (DOse).
Adding a little salt and good ghee makes, while cooking, it smells nicer and and easier to roll in to balls.
Jai Raagee mudde

Raghu said...

hi Ramya,
nice to see a writeup on my fav Ragi mudde. I'm frm a farming family from old Mysore region & have been eating ragi mudde since childhood. Among the non-vegetarians (no offense to vegetarians here), its an amazing combo with mutton curry.
there r few subtle variations in the mudde that I've observed. In Bengaluru region the mudde is prepared from just ragi. While in Kolar, a add good amount of rice is added making it lot more chunkier & giving it a different taste..
I've been out of India for almost 1 yr now & haven't eaten mudde since. I'm really missing it.. :(

sudhindra said...

i never ever imagined that raagi mudde is so popular, but now i shud say, ragi mudde is quite a star, and like most of you, i was introduced to this by my grand ma, and of course in mysore, now i make it myself for dinner every day, it makes me at home in an otherwise foreign land.

good to see so many friends doing the same and whoever said raagi mudde ge jai, i am with u

take care guys and keep eating good food.
can ne body say, how many calories do you gain by eating one raagi mudde??

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