Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ragi ambli (Finger Millet Drink) : Amazing Summer Cooler

We always forget our very own, healthy thirst quenchers & get carried away by canned drinks or preserved juices. One such "not so popular, packed with umpteen health benefits" drink of Karnataka is ambli. Ragi ambli (Finger millet drink) is a wonderful drink that not only helps beat the temperature, but also gives a cooling effect to the body. My granny always used to say “Ragi ambli amrutha samana” (English: Ragi ambli is equivalent to amruth). This is also a staple drink for farmers during summer.

Me, not being an ardent fan of milkshake is currently relishing this drink 3 times a day on a weekend. Aint'I crazy? Yes, indeed, because I feel no cold drink can beat the health benefits of this drink & I always find this as the best drink ever. My hubby doesn't like it, but that isn't stopping me from preparing & drinking ambli ;)

1 tbsp ragi flour/finger millet flour
2 tbsp warm water
2 cups water
1 cup buttermilk/skimmed yogurt
Salt according to taste
½ tsp cumin seeds powder
¼ tsp fenugreek seeds powder (optional)
A pinch of asafoetida
Finely chopped curry leaves (optional)

  • Bring the water to boil. Meantime, mix the ragi flour with the warm water. Ensure no lumps are formed.
  • When water starts boiling, add salt, ragi mixture to it & keep stirring to ensure no lumps.
  • Allow the water to boil again in a medium flame for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from flame & allow the ambli (porridge) to completely cool (to room temperature).
  • Mix butter milk, jeera powder, fenugreek powder, and asafoetida, curry leaves to the porridge prepared.
  • Mix well & enjoy the cool drink.

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  • I would like to send this to “ Village Special Recipes“ of Shama. I have seen this prepared by my grandmom, mom, aunties & I remember my great grand mom relishing it the most. All of them belonged to a village that was few kilometers away from Chikmagalur, Karntaka, India. My father becomes nostalgic as he has a lot of memories associated with this drink. My grand father was " Shanbhogru" (Village Accountant) & our family was the only Brahmin family in that village. So, we were given loads of respect. My grandparents had 12 children & only one cow to satify their dairy needs. Being a very orthodox family, my granny would not get milk from others & as a result my father used to walk for 5-6 miles everyday to a nearby village to get milk from another brahmin family. As my father says, life was very tough those days & my atthe (father's sisters) were the only girls studying in the school. I used to visit the village once in a bluemoon as nobody was staying there. My father also recalls the difficulty in getting vegetables & also proudly says he used to eat atleast a dozen mangoes/day during the mango season. My grandfather passed away even before my father got married & my grandmom was with us since then & she also passed away couple of years before.
  • Goes to “Refreshing Drinks” of Chandrabhaga
  • Comfort Food for Illness” of recipecenterforall
  • Also to Deesha for "South Indian Cuisine"

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