Friday, May 30, 2008

Sweet Ragi Sevai

One day, everyone got a sweet invitation from Siri and DK for their house warming. I rushed to their door and hanged out for a while, browsing each and every section. Even it indicated 0 postsenyum.
This duo built a new food forum and announced a fun idea International food league!
We have to choose a box and crack the riddle and cook a dish with the ingredient. When I sent a message to Siri, she sent me the riddle:

This was my riddle:
I am old and ancient and in many places a staple
health and longevity are wonders I wear like a lapel
My different forms give different taste
one form is enjoyed in the mornings - eaten in haste!
Another form is in form of soups and porridge
Or in forms of plain or stuffed breads
I thrive in the hot summers..But make you feel good and warm
I am good to people although many just use me for feeding birds and cattle in farms
I am just no mean and lowly grass with striking resemblance to maize
I have ‘pearls’ of wisdom to share if you want, to listen to me with grace
People with celiac turn to me
I give you fibre and irons, so rich i am for the world to see
Now sit tight and give it a hard thought - be clever be sane
to guess who I am, the highly nutritious and healthful whole grain.

I red once, twice, thrice and X times …..but got any clue tension
I closed the riddle with one hint but not sure “enjoyed the morning,” hinted “wheat” and I forgot about the riddle for 5 days. The 6 day,I opened the riddle and got a clue “ Celiac” so I withdraw Wheat from my list… I had millet and barley … so after doing a research I got it was “ millet”was the only grain eaten by human being and animals.
Sent my message to Siri with the answer and i waited patiently that should be the right onerindu
I got the reply back: Well done, you re the first one to crack at first attempt this riddle!tepuktangan
I was literally jumping out my chair!

Millet was my favorite one! I already got millet as a secret ingredient for arusuvai.
I enjoyed making porridge with Finger millet… Roti for my husb, but the ragi sevai, was a recent discovery in India market. We get in dry form like sevai, and have to soak in hot water…
But in US, I didn’t find it in any store. So the next step, I ventured in my kitchen. My first trial failed: I used only ragi, but did’t hold shape of sevai while steaming.
So I just added some rice flour and everything came together. My mom prepares for evening snack this ragi sevai and we all love it love

The ragi sevai is simple and healthy, can be given even to toddler.

Ragi sweet sevai

Ragi flour/ Finger millet: 1 cup
Rice flour: 2 tbsp (If u want a light colour or don't like ragi add 1/2 cup or more)
Salt: ¼ tsp

To Sprinkle:
Coconut: ¼ cup scraped
Cardamom: 4 or 5 pods crushed
Sugar: Per ur taste
Ghee (optional)

Special Ustensil
Iddiapam/sevai mold and idli plate and cooker

Method to prepare

Boil a cup of water with salt, pour slowly in the dry ingredient (flour) and form a soft dough (like roti). Keep cover until you re ready to put in iddiyapam mold. Fill the mold and press it in idli plate and cook 7 minutes. Once cooked, take it, when they are still hot sprinkle some grated coconut,sugar, cardamom and ghee. Enjoy this healthy snack in the evening or morning!

I dusted with powder sugar !

Kudos to my Dear Siri and DK to host such event i had much fun to crack it down the riddle


mitr_bayarea said...


really creative recipe...the topping w/powdered sugar, a good dish for the sweet tooth.

Uma said...

wonderful ragi sevai, cham! Lovely picture and yummy recipe too. Have a great weekend.

Cham said...

Mitr.Bay Thanks for ur lovely comment , i love this dish because everyone can adjust the sweet level. My mom serves in different bowl the sprinkling so we feel free to sprinkle by choice!
Uma: Thank you Uma, ve a great weekend 2

sireesha said...

Innovative recipe.I love sweets very much.i am feeling hungry now.Good to eat when sweet tooth fairy attacks....Have a great weekend.....

Madhavi said...

Very nice recipe, Cham!! will try soon..

Asha said...

That's a tough poem to uncover! You did well, Rai sevai! How beautiful is that? :))
Have a fun weekend Cham!:))

Kalai said...

Gorgeous dish, Cham!! Please take a look at my blog for a surprise waiting for you! :)

Divya Vikram said...

I love this ragi sevai a lot Cham..I havent tried it though..Thanks for the recipe..It was fun participating in the Open Sesame event isnt'it?

Shubha Ravikoti said...

hey dear... I have something for u in my blog... check it out! hope u like it..

Hetal said...

This seems to be a new and healthy recipe..

Madhuram said...

I know about this sevai, but have not tasted it so far. I don't know if instant ragi sevai is available in Indian stores. I don't have the acchu. Thanks for the recipe Cham. I have a murukku acchu with various plates, i should check whether I have the small holes one, so I can use that to make this sevai.

Sugarcraft India said...

Intelligent girl.. That was a tough one to crack and you got it in one!!
The sevai looks very nice ...!!

Suma Rajesh said...

wooo...nice presentation...i had once in was soo tasty..

Sandeepa said...

Ragi !!! i see everywhere, patent it :)

bhags said...

ragi sevai is new to me...nice thinking

Siri said...

'Sweet Ragi Sevai' looks yummo Chama and Thanks for participating in Open will begin tomorrow(June 1st).. more details will be posted today..:D


SASHREE said...

ragi sevai looking gr8.something is waiting for u @ my blog cham

A-kay said...

That was a very innovative recipe - never had anything like that with Ragi. Good job with the riddle!

kamala said...

Cham Love this ragi sevai..I like all sweets.Thanks for the award.Busy with sons's Bday .so couldnt go thru ur posts

Laavanya said...

I have some ragi flour I've been wanting to use.. this looks like the perfect dish.

Sailaja said...

Really creative and looks yummy

Sunshinemom said...

I find making sevai a long process but I totally love them and the idea of ragi sevai is too good, Cham!