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Finger millet cookies(Ragi biscuits)

We had some problem with our computer for last few days. Finally it was fixed yesterday. Here, due to electricity fluctuations and other problems, all the electronic appliances go bad every so often. It takes too long to get them fixed as we have to take help from someone from nearby Taluka place Kumta. Also, since ours is the only home with a broadband connection here, whenever something goes wrong in the telephone exchange, it takes a very long time to get it fixed.

It was some 8 years back, my son had moved to Bangalore for his job. Whenever he visited us, he would bring some baked goodies from the famous bakeries there. One such thing he always got for us was ragi biscuits. (By the way, do not confuse these with American biscuits, in Indian English, biscuit means cookies). Then I saw a recipe for these biscuits in one Kannada magazine, we followed it and the result was a disaster. So this time, we made them like nankatayi .

The most important thing to remember here is, roast the flour before making the dough. If this step is skipped, they get a muddy taste. We love these, do give them a try.

2 cups ragi flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 tea spn cardamom powder
1 tea spn baking powder

Roast ragi flour in a big pan, on a medium heat, for about 5-10mins (do not burn it). Take off the heat.
Now add sugar, melted butter, baking powder, cardamom powder to it and mix well.
Preheat the oven at 300F for 10mins.
Make small balls of the dough and keep it on a greased or (lined with parchment paper) baking tray. Leave enough space between two biscuits as they double in size after baking.

Bake in oven at 300F for about 20mins. Take off the oven. Cool to room temperature and store in air tight container.

Makes about 2 dozen biscuits
Preparation time : 20mins + baking time

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  • viji kannan September 23, 2008, 9:12 pm

    Wow, Its a Great Idea to bake cookies with Raagi ; Its a must try for me. Thanks Aayi.

  • Aruna September 23, 2008, 9:16 pm

    Varadpachi, have lots of ragi flour to finish off, before it catches any Barodu. This one is a very nutritional and healthy biscuit.

  • Lakshmi September 23, 2008, 10:13 pm

    Amma, ragi biscuits reminded me of Nanjundeshwara bakery of Tumkur..I always loved their ragi biscuits, they were the best sweet treats for us. Thanks for the ragi biscuit recipe. Will Try it soon :)

    • Krishna January 27, 2012, 9:00 am

      Wow! I was just googling for these biscuits to recommend to a friend in Bangalore and to my surprise these look closet to what I enjoyed at Nanjundeshwara bakery inTumkur during my fours years at SIT. Tumkur had great Dilpansands, Set dosas, and one great andhra restaurant that opened around late 80s.

  • Ujwal September 23, 2008, 11:26 pm

    Thanks mayi for this biscuit. I had always loved this biscuit and wanted to try making it at home. Looks lovely.

  • Purnima September 24, 2008, 12:30 am

    Varadapacchi, these r new to me, wd try these as kids like biscuits n wd be calcium rich for them! tks for sharing your method.

  • Raaga September 24, 2008, 12:35 am

    Hi Varadapachi… I have 2 kg of ragi flour and anything I make with it tastes muddy… before it gets any “barads” I will try these cookies.

  • sowmya September 24, 2008, 1:34 am

    very good recipe…am going to make them …

  • sia September 24, 2008, 3:33 am

    much better and healthier than maida biscuits. Aayi, u rock :)

  • Aparna September 24, 2008, 3:35 am

    Ragi flour I have and I’m going to give these a go. Cookies with ragi is unusual to say the least.

  • Roma September 24, 2008, 4:01 am

    Aayi, this is the most healthy biscuit recipe. I love nankhatai. Been a huge fan of it from childhood days. Your biscuits look mouth watering.

  • geeta September 24, 2008, 12:29 pm

    a picture is missing its trademark AAYIS RECIPES.


    Shilpa: Thanks Geeta. Updated.

  • Divya Vikram September 24, 2008, 1:48 pm

    I got a packet of raagi yesterday..Will try this recipe..thanks for sharing.

  • Arun Shanbhag September 24, 2008, 3:36 pm

    This is a great recipe and I can use the Raagi flour that we got from Kumta. heeee heeeeee! Will let you know how it goes!
    *My mouth is constantly working, so I eat a lot of snacks! These will be better than the cream biscuits that I eat*

    Have a fantastic trip!
    Here is the link for fresh raagi flour. :-P

  • richa September 24, 2008, 6:18 pm

    wow! raagi biscuits sound great, a must try for sure :)

  • Maya September 24, 2008, 10:24 pm

    Wow, what an excellent and healthy biscuit recipe Aunty..I have to try this soon..Thanx..

  • pelicano September 25, 2008, 7:04 am

    The biscuits look positively lovely Mrs. Varada! I had no idea that ragi could be used for sweets, and, since I have some of this flour on hand, will be trying these soon. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Divya September 25, 2008, 12:29 pm

    Hi Varadpachi…Raagi biscuits sound so healthy and going by the looks of it,I am sure delicious as well.Got some raagi flour and the next thing am gonna try is this one.Thanks for the amazing recipe!!

  • Usha September 25, 2008, 3:41 pm

    Looks delicious…I would have never thought to use raagi flour in cookies :)

  • Aru September 26, 2008, 11:14 am

    Hi , I am new to baking and I started off yesterday with this cookie as my first ever baking venture :) Thanks for your easy recipe ! They tasted Yumm :) But the cookies did not turn as crunchy as I had expected. I used aluminium foil instead of parchment paper. Could it be due to this, or was it due to the less butter that I added ?

    Shilpa: I think it was due to butter. They are not very crunchy but if you have tasted nankatayi before, they taste/feel almost same.

  • Archy September 26, 2008, 12:02 pm

    Wow, Raagi biscuits looks so gud an d yum !!
    Shall try dem.. !! Thanx for sharing Shilpa !!

  • Arati September 26, 2008, 2:55 pm

    Aayi you are really great. These cookies turned out so good that my husband finished them off in a day.Thanks for the recipe.

  • Aru September 29, 2008, 10:26 pm

    Thanks for your reply. I will try it again sometime soon. :)

  • gk September 30, 2008, 1:04 pm

    Varada pacchi,

    thanks for sharing another mouth watering recipe.

    I made these Raagi Cookies yestrday and came out very well. My young son couldn’t wait to try it this morning.


  • P Priya September 30, 2008, 8:13 pm

    Hello and Thank you for the great recipe! I tried this and could not have enough!

  • Shubha October 5, 2008, 6:31 am

    I tried this recipe with Healthy mix atta Nirappa brand (mixture of all flours such as ragi, wheat, jowar, rice etc etc normally used to mix with milk and drink ) which was available at the local store.Also used Amul Butter. The result was amazing buiscuits which were finished within no time.
    Million thanks to aayi for posting such a wonderful recipe.
    My husband and kiddo loved these.
    Do keep up the good work.
    Shubha – Kuwait

  • saher February 23, 2009, 5:23 am

    it is very good

  • Vidhya June 24, 2009, 4:40 pm


    I tried this today ….but it didn’t double the size n become a biscuit . It is still in the same form as i kept with a little crispiness in it.

    It tastes superb but how to cook it . I kept in the oven for 30mts. does it require additional baking?

  • jharna July 4, 2009, 9:58 am

    Can we prepared ragi biscuits in micro wave or any other option apart frm oven???????

    shilpa: Yes, you can prepare them in microwave oven.

  • Shri August 25, 2009, 6:17 am

    Agree with viji. Wonderful to think of biscuits with ragi. I recently got introduced to ragi based preparations and would luv to try these. Thanks!

  • Kiranmayi Kamath October 9, 2009, 12:48 am

    Dear Varada mayi,

    Recipe looks good.Can the same be made with spices instead of sugar, suitable for diabetics and calory conscious people:) Your suggestions please.

    • Shilpa October 9, 2009, 10:57 am

      Probably you can. We haven’t tried it so far :(

  • SS November 13, 2009, 1:18 pm

    Hi Shilpa/Aayi,

    Nice website. I just came across it. Good to see lot of konkani recipes. You have great descriptions of the village also. :)

    I am trying this recipe measurement for measurement from your site here. Unfortunately, I have no clue why, but so far the “cookie-dough” is very crumbly-powdery. I don’t know what it is that I did wrong.

    I am only able to bind it into laddoos if I heat it in the microwave. I did this for 2 laddoos – I heated the “dough” in the microwave for a minute and then made 2 laddoos and put them on a cookie-sheet and baked them for 20 mins. But they didn’t melt and spread or anything. They are still exactly the same ladoo shape as before, neither harder not softer.

    I don’t know what to do with the rest of the dough. I don’t know whether these “laddoos” will have decent shelf-life if I bake them? or shud I not bake them? If I add more butter will that make the dough a little more sticky? I cud try that!

    Hoping to fix this somehow. :(

    Thanks in any case! :) Best regards!

  • SS November 13, 2009, 2:20 pm

    Hey Shilpa and/or Aayi,

    I just tried adding a little more butter to a small portion of the dough. While the consistency of the dough does improve and I do get biscuit-like output when it is baked, the end result seems really greasy. :( Even to touch! :(

    I am wondering if I should go the laddoo way. Even then though, am not sure whether to bake it or not. (There is baking powder in it!! So its weird to not bake.)

    Anyway, just an update! I was hoping to make these in advance for Thanksgiving. But it doesn’t look like today is my day! :D Cheers anyway!

    • artdreamer November 22, 2011, 7:07 pm

      I ended up with 1 3/4 cups millet.. roasted .. dash of salt.. 1/4 teaspoon baking powder .. 1/2 stick butter.. 1 3/4 eggs.. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla .. 1/2 cup sugar.. 1/4 teaspoon cardamom.. 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder.. and 1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks. 300 for 20 min. .. it came out perfect consistency.

  • Anupama November 18, 2009, 3:59 am

    Hi Shilpa/Aayi,

    How to make this in microwave.

    Please tell me

    • Shilpa November 18, 2009, 9:16 am

      Anupama, we haven’t tried it in microwave, but read that it gets done in 5-6mins. Give it a try

  • Sudha February 8, 2010, 4:12 am

    Can i roast Ragi first and then powder it…

  • Anjali March 15, 2010, 1:59 pm

    Great recipe for my daughter who is allergic to wheat. She can finally eat some cookies
    Can I replace the butter with ghee ? If yes what would the proportion be like ?

    • Shilpa March 16, 2010, 8:49 am

      Shilpa: I would try with same amount of ghee as butter.

  • Anu March 25, 2010, 3:05 pm

    Yes, very good recipe, especially for my daughter who also has wheat allergies

  • Anu March 25, 2010, 3:07 pm

    just curious Can these cookies be made using jowar flour?

  • poppy June 1, 2010, 7:11 pm

    Okay, saw the recipe and immediately tried it. I had ragi flour sitting around and this recipe was perfect. Folllowed it to a T,but the cookies retained shaped but were soft and crumbled. What happened you think???? But were super delicious..

  • sandhya November 11, 2010, 5:34 am

    shilpa could u pls post the recipe for choclate cookies

  • gokula February 15, 2011, 6:44 am


    i tried this recipe, it came out great except for one reason the biscuits have cracks on top of it, what do i do to make it come out smooth on top

  • Bindu March 3, 2011, 5:12 am

    dear vardha mai,
    I am from kundapur. Often wondered what appliance is exactly used for baking cookies and cakes. since u r from kunta, i feel u r the right person to suggest what we can get which can be repaired locally too. i have a microwave with grill.i dont want to go for a microwave convection again. How much watts is it? Do these appliances consume lots of electricity. pl let me know.

    • Shilpa March 4, 2011, 10:19 am

      I think you can bake it in microwave too. Many of my readers did with success. Bake it just for 5-6mins. Aayi had a very old round glass top oven, it no more works. She does not bake anything now. She made these when she was here with me in US.

  • Deeksha June 9, 2011, 6:53 am

    I was lookign for this recipe..and yours looks good since it has no maida in it. I am going to try it tonight….MW and convection way both. Will let u know the result tomorrow :)

    • Deeksha June 10, 2011, 12:11 am

      Hey, tried the recipe yesterday…. The cookies looked exactly like yours but it remained get kinda crumbly when I break it. When I made the flour it was still a little powdery so I added 2-3 tablespoon of milk to bind it.

      The taste is a little muddy maybe I should have added a little maida but all in all its not bad. Looking forward to more recipes. Thanks

  • Ramya June 27, 2011, 4:33 pm

    i tried it and the taste was good.. but it was stuck to the cookie try and while taking in out it was breaking ..
    cud u help me out with some tips for better result next time..

  • Meenal November 27, 2011, 2:41 pm

    Nice n healthy cookies..! can i make them with Ghee instead of butter..?

  • Meenal November 28, 2011, 8:14 am

    hey, nice n healthy Cookies..Can i make these using ghee…instead of butter..? Also can the same recipie be followed to make jowar/bajra flours biscuits..? Pls advice.

    • Shilpa November 28, 2011, 11:21 am

      Haven’t tried with any other flours. You can use ghee

  • divya February 28, 2012, 8:53 am

    hi shilpa,
    i tried with ur nankatai receipe y’day it had come out extremely wel. so today gave a try to ragi cookies exactly the same method dat of nankatai..but unfortunetly these have remained the same way as it was kept though baked it for extra time without being cruchy nor getting into bigger size.. could u please tell where i might ve gone wrong.. would it cos i used vanaspati instead of butter as u mentioned..

    thanx shilpa..

    • Shilpa February 28, 2012, 10:56 pm

      Divya, this recipe uses baking powder and nankatayi uses baking soda. That may be the reason for different results.

  • Ashwini August 23, 2012, 3:37 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    Website super anthaheli nim aayi gey. Ivathu experiment nandu shuru aithu, biscuite madona antha yochane banthu…

    I tried these today and followed the same method and measurements. However I used the grill at 275 deg F and in about 10 minutes they had turned black, so I took them out and they were tasty then, but slightly burnt outside. After they completely cooled, they were quite hard though ( still tasty, but soft would have been nicer!)

    What could I have done differently?

    • Shilpa August 23, 2012, 5:04 pm

      Thanks Ashwini.
      You used the grill? Next time try using the normal OTG mode.

  • Aleesha Banks December 13, 2013, 6:19 am

    So delicious, nice, tasty and what will better than home made?
    Thanks for sharing.

  • aparna July 27, 2014, 6:10 am

    I agree with SS to quite an extent. The dough didnt come together with the prescribed amount of butter. i didnt want to add any more so i made the dough with some water instead. Its sitting in my oven since last 30 minutes without an iota of change. can’t imagine whats gone wrong.
    Very disappointing.

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