Raagi/nanchne (Finger millet) Neeru (water) is a drink served at almost all homes in North Kanara during summer. It is supposed to be the best drink to beat the heat. Since the heat becomes unbearable in the coastal areas, people usually drink this after working for long hours under the sun.
The raagi powder is prepared fresh by frying the raagi(without oil) for a few minutes and then grinding it to a fine powder. But these days everybody uses the ready made raagi flour for this.
The black liquid jaggery usually found in North Kanara is used for this drink, but if it cannot be found, the normal jaggery can also be used.
These days, as any other traditional dish, this heavenly drink is substituted by more and more commercial drinks. But I bet this is the best to beat the heat compared to any other ready made juice or drinks that we get in market.
I remember my aayi used to give us the chilled nanchne udak when we came back from playing during sunny days. We preferred this to any other juice.
I will post the picture soon (once I find raagi here).
Raagi/nanchne powder 1/2 cup
Jaggery 2 tbl spns
Cardamom powder 1/2 tea spn
Water 2 cups
Mix all the ingredients and blend it for a few minutes. Chill.
Before serving, mix once again with a spoon.
Serves : 2
Preparation time : 5min