Announcing JFI – Ragi/Finger Millet

JFI - Ragi/Finger Millet Event

Wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year 2010. JFI was the first food blog event I ever participated after starting this blog. Now I’m a proud host of the same. Thank you very much Indira for giving me this opportunity.

JFI means Jhiva for Ingredients and every month a natural ingredient relating to India or Indian cuisine is featured. I couldn’t think of any ingredient other than Ragi (Finger Millet). I feel that this grain is being neglected by us (or at least by me) like many other healthy Indian food ingredients. We are generous enough to embrace ingredients from other parts of the world, not that its wrong, but I feel that we should do justice to cereals and grains grown in our home country too.

From this year on-wards I’m going to take a resolution to try at least one Indian ingredient every month, which I have been neglecting all these days, starting with Ragi in Jan 2010. Are you with me on this? Thanks to the Internet and food blogs, I’m seeing a lot of ragi recipes off late. So it should not be a problem to prepare at least one healthy meal, if not more using whole ragi or ragi flour.

Send in your entries (old and new) and let us create a hub for ragi recipes to benefit everybody. Please note that the ragi flour we get in Indian grocery stores is devoid of the bran which is rich in fiber. So its not a whole grain flour, but this should not stop us from using this quite often, because something is better than nothing. If possible try to use the whole ragi by soaking and sprouting it.

Now for the rules of the event.


1. Cook with any form of ragi (whole ragi, sprouted ragi, or store bought flour etc) and post it in your blog between Jan 1st 2010 and Jan 31st 2010. Any form of cooking is okay too; steaming, baking, frying, etc. Keep it lacto-vegetarian (egg free and vegetarian) or vegan.

2. Please DO NOT HESITATE to send more than one recipe or the recipes you have already posted in your blog. Remember, we are trying to create a database of ragi recipes. Reposting of the old recipe posts is not necessary but link it back to this event announcement.

3. Send in your entries, with your name, recipe URL and picture of the dish (250×250) to ragi[at]egglesscooking[dot]com.

4. Don’t have a blog but would like to participate in the event? No problem, send me a mail to the above email address with your name, recipe and picture and I’ll include it in the round up along with the other entries.

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  2. Dershana

    Very nice event! chanced upon it only now. sending you my entries.

  3. H

    Thanks for your comment on my blog about Ragi rotti. I am new at this and am not sure what you meant when you said ‘Please link both the posts to the event announcement in my blog to be included in the round up.’

    Can you please tell me how to do that? Thanks in advance.

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  9. Sumathi

    Millet is in whole foods

  10. Stephine Jurden

    Good day. I’m having trouble with your blog. I can’t see the photos. Is anyone else having this problem? I have been having trouble with my computer lately, so I’m not sure if its my Internet connection or if its your blog. Thanks!

    Stephine I don’t think its the problem with the blog. Let me check anyways.

  11. Champa

    I sent you something.

  12. Champa

    Madhuram, I cannot find whole ragi near my place. I still haven’t checked the whole foods. Is ragi flour acceptable? If yes, I can do something with that.

    Sure Champa, ragi flour is ok.

  13. Sharmilee

    Didnt knw have to link back in the archive too, linked back now ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks Sharmilee. I too have updated this info in the event announcement.

  14. RedChillies

    Great choice Madhuram, thanks for reminding me about this raagi. It has been a while since I made raagi dishes. This will give me an opportunity.

  15. spice

    this is going to be good collection….i’ve started usingragi from last few months only…..& i guess i’ve one pic. taken too….should write about it & post it…

  16. Sharmilee

    My favourite grain…have sent my entry!!

  17. vanamala

    oh cool i have a recipe yet to post tht..will send it soon

  18. Cilantro

    Thank you for trying the Cranberry Vadu recipe and for your wonderful feedback. It means so much to me.
    Wish you & your family a very Happy New Year!!!

    You’re welcome Cilantro.

  19. DK

    and oh yes! Happy New year to you, arjun and Mr.Madhuram ๐Ÿ˜‰ Came back from our vacation just yday evening….Hope u had a great time too:)

    As usual dhaan. We wanted to watch Avatar, but couldn’t get tickets. Its booked until the 10th I guess.

  20. DK

    Thats a great theme Madhu! I already have few things which I would like to share – will do a consolidated post and send in the recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

    You have to send me some entries this time. How can I forget the detailed post on sprouted ragi?

  21. Ramya

    Wishing you a Happy New Year! I would love to participate, hopefully I can come up with a good dish.

    Thanks Ramya.

  22. Bharti

    Happy New year Madhu.
    I haven’t experimented much with ragi, so looking forward to learning from this event.

  23. surekha


    Thank you very much Surekha. Wish you the same.

  24. Cilantro

    Wish you and your family a very Happy New Year!!!
    Would love to participate in JFI.

  25. cham

    Wishing u and your family a Happy New year.
    Good choice!

  26. Siri

    Dear Madhu,

    Wishing you and your family a very Happy and Joyous 2010. ๐Ÿ˜€ .. I love the pic and a lovely theme for JFI ๐Ÿ˜€


  27. TBC

    A very happy 2010 to all of you! Hope you have a fantastic year ahead.

  28. Sumathi

    I Love Ragi .. will surely send in my entries..
    Wish you a Happy New Year !!

  29. Madhu

    Very good and healthy choice for JFI, will send in my entry..
    Have a Happy new year.

  30. ruchikacooks

    Wishing you and your family a very happy New year.

    I was wondering who is going to host JFI this month. Will surely send some recipes.

  31. Mona

    Gorgeous click!

  32. Sadhana

    Wishes for a Happy & Prosperous New Year. Ragi is a staple in my household, will definetly participate. Happy Hosting.
    Regarding your question on Xylitol it is available in health food store. I bought mine in Vitamin Shoppe and there are lot of brands available, i bought the one The Ultimate meal brand as it specifically says no Animal testing & ingredients. It does work well as a sugar substitute and have tried few dishes with them.

    Thanks for the info Sadhana. I’m going to look for xylitol.