Crispy Ragi Pakoda Recipe

This ragi pakoda recipe is just the right thing if you’re looking for a tasty, crunchy, nutritious snack. Easy to make, it doesn’t take much time at all. Enjoy!

Ragi Pakoda Recipe

This ragi pakoda recipe is just the right thing if you’re looking for a tasty, crunchy, nutritious snack. Easy to make, it doesn’t take much time at all. Enjoy!

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Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Total time: 45 min
Yield: 30 (4 servings)


Ragi (finger millet) flour: 2 cups
Roasted gram/chickpea flour (Besan) 1/2 cup
Cabbage (shredded) 2 cups
Capsicum/Bell pepper (chopped small): 1/2 cup
Curry leaves: 1 tablespoon
Coriander leaves: 1/4 cup
Ginger: 1 inch piece
Cashew pieces: 1/2 cup
White sesame seeds : 1 tablespoon
Black pepper powder: 1/2 teaspoon
Groundnut/Peanut oil: 200ml
Salt: 1 teaspoon
Chaat masala: 1/2 teaspoon



  • Peel and mince the ginger. Coarsely chop the coriander and curry leaves. Mix the veggies and herbs – cabbage, capsicum, ginger, coriander and curry leaves – in a bowl.
  • Mix the dry ingredients – ragi flour, besan, cashew pieces, sesame seeds, salt, and black pepper powder/chili powder – in a large mixing bowl.
  • Heat the oil for frying. Add 2 tablespoons of this hot oil to the dry mix. Now add the vegetables to the dry ingredients and mix well. Add just enough water to form a dough. Make bite-sized ragi pakoda pieces and fry them in hot oil.
  • Sprinkle with chaat masala before serving.

And that’s it with the ragi pakoda recipe. Enjoy the resultant crunchy delights!

The Health Benefits of Ragi

The health benefits and nutrition offered by ragi are immense. Ragi is a remarkable source of protein and minerals and contains important amino acids. It has a high amount of calcium and potassium and is a great source of iron. Ragi contains tryptophan, an amino acid that reduces appetite. Ragi is known to relax the body naturally, and is thus beneficial in conditions of anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

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5 years 2 months ago

I prepared this dish. Awesome Dish, so tasty and felt energetic.. Must try dish..

6 years ago

Can I use the Isha sattumaavu flour instead of ragi?

5 years 1 month ago

This did not take any oil. Body needs oil too. Ragi flour consumed no oil (when i did the dish).

6 years ago

What is Ragi?

6 years ago

As an Isha meditator, and marketer by profession, I'm so proud of you guys for this post! Kudos! The image works really well for FB and pinterest. You could include a few more tags for SEO (healthy, pranic food, balanced meal... and whatever else is true). Keep it up!

6 years ago

Wow! Great recipe, I just tried it. I substituted half the ragi with sathumavu and it was fantastic! I'm also very pleased about how they were not oily after frying.

6 years ago

Finger millet

6 years ago

Let us know what is the "Ragi" , please tell in hindi ....

6 years ago

Please tell what is the "Ragi flour"

6 years ago

Ragi is called mundua in hindi

6 years ago

Thanks for trying out Maanya. It was a great idea of yours to substitute with Sathumavu. Glad that the results were fantastic. Try out other recipes in the food category and let us know how they turned out. Please feel free to suggest what other kinds of recipes/cuisines would you like to see featured in the blog.

5 years 8 months ago

Are deep fried foods healthy?