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Roasted Ragi Chips

7:42 AM

healthy namkeen alternative


I love Indian namkeens (salty munchies). I have a few favourites, and I am sure I will write about them at one point or another. Today, I'll share a picture of my latest find and big time favourite in our home: roasted ragi chips. I get them from a local namkeen and a dry fruit shop (yes there are such stores in India). They are made with whole grain ragi, no oil, are roasted, and seasoned with hing (asafoetida) and mild spice mix of one kind or another.
I am sharing it in my pictures of India series, because I really don't have much to say about them, the picture speak a thousand word. Beside, namkeens in general are very Indian and always muched on with chai. Chai time IS namkeen time. Whether it is banana chips, Khatha Metha, aloo bujia, sev, masala peanuts or chana, you are sure to find something salty served along with your cup in India.

5 comments

  1. Anonymous9:36 AM

    I feel Indian cuisine has a lot of savoury items. Until now I have not come across a full meal that is sweet on the taste buds. Well except for malai kofta. Maybe that is the reason why we don't get used to the subzis. Don't get me wrong I do love the flat chapati drizzled with olive oil and sauted veggies, its a very healthy meal but everyday it gets boring. And dosa idli u need to plan ahead. We really do not like poha or upma and bambino vermicelli with veggies sounds like a dinner recipe. I don't understand as to why Indians consume so less fruit when there are fruit carts at every street!!! The cost of fruits here is so less that aside from breakfast u can eat a fruit salad for lunch too.I must say I have immense respect for these people trying to cook 3 times a day. Pancakes and waffles are done on a monthly basis here and its mostly fruit with cereal or oats. Savoury items for breakfast is out if the question for some people.
    Even the Chinese and koreans consume so little fruit. No wonder their immunity is so low. Maybevits Asian culture but I feel they really need to be educated on the benefits of fruits compared to cooked meals.

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    1. Actually, a lot of fruits grown locally are still costly by Indian standards. Once converted into a foreign currencies, sure yeah, they are cheap, but this is not something everybody can really afford on a daily basis in middle class India. Fruits are seen as a luxury, and are often reserved for festival puja offerings by some. The only fruits I have seen eaten regularly in India are bananas and mangos when these are in season.

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    2. Believe it or not, a lot of Idian ladies no longer do the idli batter from scratch in cities, the planning ahead bit is what motivates the change, as few have the time or even remember they were soaking rice and dal to make a batter. Most Kirana store have ready made fresh batter, and the brand ID has one that is nice and fluffy without preservative. I used to make my own, but with Ishita needing idli once a week in her tiffin as per set menu, I have been affected by the "oops I forgot to grind the soaked rice" syndrome a couple of times myself. When you have a nice acceptable and fresh alternative, the best is to go for it.

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  2. Anonymous4:17 PM

    Yummy. I love ragi porridge in general and I want to use some of the ragi flour in a chocolate cake. Many including the locals here have claimed that it blends well in the chocolate cake and it gives a distinct and tasty flavour. Just u need to mix all purpose and ragi in the ratio 1:1 or 2:1. Funny how something so cheap in India is 7 to 8 times the price here.

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    1. I don't remember the price of red millet in Switzerland, most people just buy ready made bread with it, or whole grains muesli mix. I wouldn't be surprised if it was costly there too, because it is a lesser known grain.
      In India I find it surprising that people don't use ragi as much as wheat considering it has so much more health benefit. It is quite affordable to buy, so it can't really be that much of a price constraint.

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