Ragi Poli / Foxtail Millet Sweet Roti

Ragi Roti

Ragi Poli / Foxtail Millet Sweet Roti

Ragi Poli / Foxtail Millet poli is the gluten free version of normal poli. Sankranti in South India is incomplete without Poli. And it is incomplete in Maharashtra without Jaggery and Til (Sesame seeds). Hence I decided to combine both and make this easy and healthy poli.

Ragi in general is brown in colour. When we add jaggery to it, the outcome is deep brown Polis. Some of you may dislike the colour. But, trust me, this is a healthy and easy to make snack item both for aged and children.

These are suitable for children’s lunch box too. They stay good for 2 days if kept outside and 1 week if kept in refrigerator.

Ragi Poli

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Tamil Nadu
Keyword: Ragi, Poli, nachni, finger millet
Servings: 8 Polis


  • 1 cup Ragi flour
  • ½ cup jaggery powder
  • ½ cup freshly grated coconut
  • ½ cup cup water
  • 2 tsp white sesame seeds (til / ellu)
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder


  • Mix water, jaggery powder, coconut, sesame seeds and bring to a boil.
  • When the jaggery melts and water starts boiling, reduce the flame and add the ragi flour to it. Mix well. 
  • Switch off the flame and mix till it becomes a lump. Let it cool
  • Once cooled, knead to a smooth dough. Add a few drops of oil, if you feel so.
  • Divide the dough into lemon sized balls.
  • Keep the ball between 2 oiled baking sheet / aluminium foil / plastic sheet.
  • Roll into fairly thick rotis (not very thin).
  • Alternately, you can keep the ball between 2 oiled baking sheet in a roti press / puri press to make rotis.
  • Cook on a very low heat on both sides till they just turn brown. Do not over cook 


  1. Sweetness depends on the quality of jaggery. I needed only half cup jaggery powder.
  2. Adjust the sweetness as per your family levels.
  3. If you are using whole jaggery, either grate them or powder them. 

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February 10th is celebrated as World Pulses Day. I am an avid fan of whole pulses / lentils. When I took a review of my posts so far, I realised I have as of today posted 22 recipes using whole pulses & legumes. I decided to compile all those recipes and make an eBook that you can download from my site.


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