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Ragi (Finger Millet) Ke Ladoo | Protein & Calcium Rich, No Sugar, VEGAN

Ragi (Finger Millet) Ke Ladoo | Protein & Calcium Rich, No Sugar, VEGAN

Good for immunity, good for strengthening the body from the inside, and absolutely addictive – this traditional Indian Ladoo has its own charm. These Ladoos are perfect even for the summer season because ragi or finger millet has a cooling effect on your body. It gives you a burst of energy and that is why you can eat them in the morning. Most importantly, these are highly addictive and irresistible. You can’t have just one.

Ragi is very healthy and should be consumed regularly. It is highly rich in protein, calcium, and phosphorous.

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Let me share one secret with you. No matter how much I avoid eating too many sweets, I lose control when it comes to Ladoos. Literally! I am a big fan of besan ladoos, motichoor ladoos and gond ke ladoo. For me, these are highly addictive and irresistible. I simply can not eat just one. In fact, I can easily have 2 to 3 Ladoos in one go. Hard to believe, Right? By the way, I found a partner who is just like me when it comes to Ladoos 😀

My mom and even my mother-in-law make big-size Ladoos. And since we can not stop at just one piece, we end up eating a lot more quantity of it. That is why I make slightly smaller size Ladoos. I try to fool my mind. I eat less quantity of it and let my mind think that I already had two pieces and I should stop. It is weird but works for me. You can also try that and let me know if this trick works for you too.

Gond ke ladoo/Pinni

What is Ragi or Finger Millet?

Ragi is an extremely nutritious millet that is widely available in India. It is called Finger Millet in English. It comes in different forms – whole grains, rava, and flour. These tiny pearls are highly rich in proteins which makes them a perfect food for vegetarians and vegans. Not just that, it has low-fat content, it is gluten-free, and rich in fiber too.

Ragi is also good for the health of bones and teeth since it is rich in calcium and phosphorous. So, don’t think much and make this gem of the ingredients a part of your regular diet.

By the way, it resembles a lot like brown mustard seeds.


What is Ragi Ke Ladoo (Finger Millet Ladoo)?

Ragi or Finger Millet Ladoo (or laddu) is a traditional Indian sweet or mithai recipe. Ragi is a millet and it is highly nutritious. The best thing about this millet is that you can consume it even during the summer season. It has a cooling effect on your body.

These ladoos contain Ragi Flour (Finger Millet Flour), nuts and seeds, jaggery or sugar, and ghee. This blog is a reminder to grab all the ingredients and make it soon. These are also called ragi ki pinni, or energy balls in English.

What are millets?

Millets are the first grains cultivated by humankind, around 500 to 1000 years back. Despite being highly nutritious tiny small grains, these are not very popular majorly because of the lack of awareness. It is a generic term for a group of different kinds of grains that include the following:

  1. Finger Millet (Ragi)
  2. Foxtail Millet (Kangni)
  3. Pearl Millet (Bajra)
  4. Proso Millet (Chena)
  5. Kodo Millet (Kodo)
  6. Amaranth (Rajgira)
  7. Barnyard Millet (Sanva)
  8. Buckwheat (Kuttu)
  9. Little Millet (Sama)
  10. Sorghum (Jowar)
Vegan Pinni or Ladoo

Millets are rich in vitamins, minerals, calcium, and fibers. They are gluten-free and are good to control blood sugar. These contain complex carbohydrates. Millets are extremely healthy and good for the body. So, make it a part of your regular diet.

More Millets Recipes

  1. Amaranth (Rajgira) Ladoos or Energy Bars
  2. Buckwheat Savory Pancakes (Kuttu Ke Cheele)
  3. Bajre Ki Khichri

Easy Swaps

  1. Nuts and Seeds: Use any that are available.
  2. Flour: You can use ragi flour and gram flour (besan) in any ration you prefer.
  3. Vegan Ghee: You can even use regular cow ghee (dairy product), coconut oil, any nut butter, or date syrup instead. We need it to bind the ladoos.
  4. Jaggery Powder: You can sweeten it with sugar, coconut sugar, soft dates, etc.

Is this recipe Vegan?

Yes. All the ingredients used in this recipe are vegan and plant-based. I made vegan ghee at home using vegan butter.

How to make Vegan Ghee at home?

I will share the simplest of the methods that I used for this recipe. I took vegan butter (400 grams) and cooked it in a saucepan on medium-low flame. It will form bubbles which I removed (and saved for other recipes). I cooked it for around 20 minutes and that is it. Strain it in a jar and cool completely. It will even solidify just like ghee. 🙂 That is what I used to make these ladoos.

How to store Ragi Ke Ladoo?

Ragi Ke Ladoo can be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature for around 3 to 4 weeks. It can last a long time so you can make a big batch. But let me warn you, these are highly addictive and irresistible and you won’t be able to have just one. They finish very fast.

More Millets recipes – just as good

  1. Bajre ke Ladoo (Pearl Millet Energy Balls)
  2. Buttu Ka Cheela (Buckwheat Pancakes)
  3. Amaranth and Dates Energy Bars
  4. Bajre Ki Khichri with Kachumbar Salad

More Ragi (Finger Millet Recipes) – just as good

  1. Vegetable Ragi Appe (savory mini pancakes or puffs)
  2. Instant Ragi Idli
  3. Instant ragi Dosa

Now grab all the ingredients because you are ready to make this delicious sweet treat at home. I am sure you and your family will enjoy it and from now on will never buy it from the shops. Homemade ones are always tastier and contain the best quality ingredients. You can eat it as a dessert, snack, and even for breakfast.

If you try this recipe and like it too, please share the photo of your creation on Instagram and tag us @thefearlesscooking. We just love to see your recreation of our recipes.

Happy Cooking 🙂

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Richa & Jatin

Ragi (Finger Millet) Ke Ladoo | Protein & Calcium Rich, No Sugar, VEGAN

Healthy. Nutritious. Delicious.

A perfect way to include this gem of a grain - Ragi or Finger Millet - in your regular diet. The best thing is that this millet can be consumed even in summer season. So, what are you waiting for?

Make & Enjoy!



40 min

Prep Time

15 min

Cook Time

55 min

Total Time



Prepare Nuts & Dried Fruits
  1. Add dates in a food processor and pulse until crushed. 
  2. To that, add nuts and raisins and pulse until coarsely ground. 
  3. Once done, transfer them to a large bowl. 
Prepare Ladoos
  1. In a large pan, add ragi flour and besan. Roast until fragrant or slightly brown. Keep the flame low and keep stirring else the flour will burn. It takes around 15 - 20 minutes on medium-low flame. 
  2. Transfer it to the same bowl in which we have the nuts and seeds mixture. 
  3. Add jaggery powder. Mix and combine everything well. 
  4. Start adding vegan ghee - 2 to 3 Tbsp at a time. Mix well. Add more and combine everything well until the mixture starts to form a ball. The total amount of vegan ghee added is - 8 Tbsp
  5. Start shaping the mixture into small balls - the size of a table tennis ball. To do this, take some mixture in your palm and press it tightly in your fist. Once it comes together, roll it in between your palms and shape it into a ball. Repeat the same with the remaining mixture. 
  6. The total number of Ladoos formed is 20 to 25.
  7. Once done, store them in an air-tight container and enjoy. 

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