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Ragi Nankhatai Biscuit

 Published 2008-Dec-19   Updated 2022-Jul-25
- Submitted by Dahlia
(Eggless Fingermillet Cookies, Khelvaragu Biscuit, Nachini Nankhatai)

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Ragi Biscuit is an eggless cookie made with finger-millet flour is not only tasty but very healthy too. These cookies are glutethn free and fiber rich. It can be used as an evening snack for school going kids and for adults too. Make these in bulk and store it for upto a month in air tight jars.

Recipe For Ragi Biscuit


  • Ragi Flour - 2 cups
  • Sugar - 3/4 cup (powdered)
  • Dalda/Butter/Ghee - 1 cup (soft and at room temperature)
  • Cardamon - 2 pods (crushed/powdered)
  • Baking Soda - 1 tsp
  • Salt - a pinch


  1. Dry roast the ragi flour for about 10 minutes until a nice aroma comes out. Do this on a very low flame to prevent the ragi from getting burnt.
  2. Add sugar, butter/ghee, baking soda and crushed cardamon to this and mix well.
  3. The moisture from the butter/ghee would be sufficient to make the dough. Add more butter if needed.
  4. Make small lemon sized balls out of the dough and line it in a cookie sheet/ baking tray. You could also flatten the dough and cut out different cookie shapes using a cookie cutter.


    • Grease the cookie sheet with oil or line it with parchment paper to prevent cookies from sticking to it.
    • The balls should be of uniform size to enable uniform cooking.
    • Leave enough space between the balls to give them sufficient space for expansion. They will double in size while baking.
    • You could press in some sliced nuts on top (like cashews, almonds or pistachios) to make it more rich.
  5. Bake it in a 300 degree F (150 C) oven for about 12-15 minutes.
  6. This can be stored for many weeks and served as a snack or given as a festival sweet.

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Comments (19)

Person   ()
Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe with us!!
Person   ()
You are welcome. Have a great day.
Person   ()
I've baked these cookies. The taste is absolutely lip smacking.. but after cooling too the cookies are very powdery.. like they will break at the small pressure. What to do now? Should i keep them in the oven for longer?
Person   ()
Ragi flour is characteristically little more powdery as compared to all purpose flour or wheat flour as it is gluten free.
Person   ()
Hello. Can i use the standard glass oven plate which was given with the microwave oven when we bought instead of the cookie tray?
Person   ()
I always use a tray to bake cookies. I have personally never tried baking it on the glass plate.
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Person   ()
Ragi is also called Finger Millet. Check this link. You will get an idea. . Unfortunately I do not know Urdu, so cant tell you its urdu name.
Person   ()
Ragi is known as Naachani in Retail shops in Mumbai.
Secondly it looks like Rye but it is Maroon in colour. Hope this will help. Go to Apna Bazar or any Mall and and I am sure U will get it.
Person   ()
Thanks for sharing Shashikumar.
Person   ()
Hi,thanks for the above receipies, can i use microwave owen for the above receipies, and if yes for how long shall I keep it in the microwave and at what temperature, pls let me know,
Person   ()
Hi Rita, I dont think you can use the microwave for this recipe.
Person   ()
Can I use baking powder instead of baking soda ? If yes then how much?
Person   ()
Please use baking soda. Thank you.
Person   ()
Can we make it in microwave... How much time?
Person   ()
Sorry, I have not made it in microwave.

You can microwave for 1 minute and give a try.
Person   ()
My Ragi biscuit dough became like a runny batter, is it becoz I used ghee in liquid form?
Person   ()
oh is it? Before baking, just refrigerate the dough for 15 minutes so that it hardens a bit.
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