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Ragi Ambali or Finger Millet Masala Malt

Ragi ambali or finger millet masala malt recipe, is a delicious flavoured healthy summer drink.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: karnataka
Keyword: Finger millet, Malt, Ragi, Summer drink
Author: Pavithra M Adiga


  • Ragi flour – 2 ½ tbsp
  • Buttermilk - 2 cups
  • Water - 1 cup
  • Jaggery powder - ½ tbsp
  • Salt as per taste
  • Onion (very finely chopped) – ¾ cup
  • Curry leaves - 5-6 nos
  • Roasted cumin or jeera powder - ¾ tsp
  • Asafoetida or hing powder - ½ tsp
  • Lemon juice - ¾ tsp (optional)


  • Dissolve ragi flour in water, cook the mixture on low heat.
  • Now add jaggery, salt mix well. Cook well with continuous stirring.
  • Ragi flour mixture thickens and changes in colour (this takes around 5 to 8 minutes)
  • Cool the mixture, add buttermilk, mix well.
  • Add finely chopped onion, curry leaves, roasted cumin powder, asafoetida and lemon juice. Adjust the salt as per taste.
  • Mix everything well. Serve this healthy nutritious ragi ambali or finger millet masala malt


If ragi flour thickens very fast during cooking, add more water and cook properly.
Salt, jaggery and lemon juice can be adjusted based on individual taste.
Thickness of ragi ambali can be adjusted with buttermilk and water.