Ragi/Finger Millet Laddus – Refined Sugar-free, Gluten-free

🔸Are you looking for healthy snacking options?
🔸Are you looking for refined sugar-free desserts?
🔸Are you tired of snacking on same old nuts and dry fruits?
🔸Are you a fan of ragi/finger millet?
🔸Are you always in a rush and skip eating breakfast?
🔸Are you bothered by those evening hunger pangs in office?
🔸Do you want to make a snack that can be stored for a little while longer?

If you answered “YES” to any of the above questions, then these healthy Ragi Laddus are your answer! These consist of ragi flour, any and all nuts & seeds in your pantry and mildly sweetened by organic jaggery!

In India, ragi is mostly grown and consumed in Karnataka, and to a limited extent in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Goa.

Finger millet is considered one of the most nutritious cereals. Of all the cereals and millets, finger millet has the highest amount of calcium and potassium. Being non-glutinous, finger millet is safe for people suffering from gluten allergy and celiac disease.

Ragi can be enjoyed in different forms and preparations – ragi roti, ragi dosa, ragi porridge, ragi upma, ragi cakes, ragi biscuits are a few popular dishes.

Exciting enough?


Let’s get to the recipe for making these healthy, guilt-free, refined sugar-free, gluten-free Ragi Laddus. But before we do that do check my other dessert recipes too:

  1. Makhana Laddus
  2. Marie Biscuit Laddus – quick, no-cooking recipe
  3. Oreo laddus – Quick, no-cooking recipe
  4. Oats-Almonds-Chia Seeds Laddu – Quick, no-cooking recipe
  5. Basundi
  6. Pineapple Upside-down Cake in pressure cooker
  7. Orange Custard
  8. Rice Kheer
  9. Putani hittina laddu /Roasted split gram laddu – Quick, no- cooking recipe
  10. Mango mastani
  11. Mango Sheera/ kesari
  12. Gadbad ice cream
  13. Fried ice cream
  14. Mango shrikhand / aamrakhand
  15. Kashi halwa / Ash gourd halwa


You can basically add any available nuts and seeds in your pantry to ragi flour. The recipe mentions peanuts but it is totally optional. Avoid using peanuts so that the laddus can be consumed even by people who are allergic to peanuts.


Ragi Laddus Recipe

Makes 25 Laddus
1 Cup = 150 ml


  • Pumpkin seeds – 1/2 cup
  • Sunflower seeds – 1/2 cup
  • Flax seeds – 1/2 cup
  • Peanuts – 1/2 cup (optional)
  • Almonds – 1/4 cup
  • Sesame seeds – 1/4 cup
  • Chia seeds – 1/4 cup
  • Ragi/Finger millet flour – 1 cup
  • Jaggery – 1 cup
  • Ghee – 1 tbsp


1. On medium flame, separately either dry roast or roast adding a couple of drops of ghee each of the nuts and seeds. Keep them aside and allow to cool down to room temperature.

2. In the same pan, dry roast the ragi flour for a few minutes until slight aroma starts emanating. Keep aside and allow to cool down to room temperature.
3. In a mixer, grind all the nuts and seeds to a coarse powder.

4. Transfer the nuts & seeds powder and dry roasted ragi flour to a mixing bowl. Mix well.

5. Heat a pan on medium-low flame. Add 2 teaspoon water and jaggery. Mix until jaggery melts completely. Turn off the flame.

6. Add ghee to the jaggery syrup. Mix well until ghee melts completely.
7. Add this to the ragi flour mixture in the mixing bowl and mix well.

8. Take a fistful of mixture at a time and shape them into laddus while the mixture is still warm. Do not wait until mixture cools down. It will become difficult to shape laddus. In case the mixture cools down while shaping laddus, warm the mixing bowl for a few seconds and proceed with shaping the laddus.

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