Ragi Drumstick Leaves Adai

30 min cook time
10 min prep time
Preperation Time:
10 mins
Cooking Time:
30 mins

nutrition facts

Serving Size1 ServingPer Serving%Daily Value*
Calories938Calories from Fat214
Total Fat23.8g37%Saturated Fat3.4g17%
Dietary Fiber19.6g78%Sugars4.7g
Protein23.6gVitamin A1%
Vitamin C13%Calcium6%

nutrition facts

Serving Size1 Serving
Total Fat23.8g37%
Dietary Fiber19.6g78%
Vitamin C13%
Per Serving%Daily Value*
Calories from Fat214
Saturated Fat3.4g17%
Vitamin A1%


Clean and finely chop the drumstick leaves and keep aside.

On medium heat, heat oil in a pan. Add a little oil into it. Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds and allow them to crackle. Add the finely chopped onions, green chilies and sauté till the onions turn transparent. Add the chopped drumstick leaves. Saut’e the drumstick leaves on low heat till the raw aroma from the leaves disappears. (If the drumstick leaves are not cooked well, the adai may taste bitter when cooked.) Once the drumstick leaves are cooked well, turn of the heat and let the mixture cool.

Place a sauce pan on high heat and add 2 cups water into it. Bring it to boil and add some salt.

Take ragi flour in a bowl. Add the cooked drumstick leaves mixture and mix well. Now slowly add boiling water to mixture and keep mixing with a wooden spatula. Make sure no lumps are formed. Once it is mixed well, carefully mix the dough with hands. The dough should be soft and sticky. If the dough is too dry, the adai will break while flattening it and will also become hard on cooking.

Place a skillet/ tawa on a medium heat. Take a small handful of ragi mixture and add on to the skillet. Keep rest of the dough covered with a wet cloth. Flatten the ball on the skillet by dipping your hands in water as you flatten it. Let the adai cook on one side fully. Then flip it to cook the other side. Drizzle little oil on both sides. Let the adai become crisp from both the sides.

Once the adai is cooked and is crispy on both the sides, place the adai in a serving plate. Serve it hot with a chutney or sambar.

Ragi is a powerhouse of health benefiting nutrients that help in reducing weight and also acts as a treatment for multiple diseases like Brittle Bones, Osteoporosis, Anaemia and Diabetes. It is a natural relaxant that helps in relieving stress and anxiety. It is one such rare cereal that doesn’t need to be polished and, therefore, can be consumed in its purest form with all its goodness intact. It is a highly nutritious cereal loaded with calcium, proteins, iron and other minerals. It is rich in fiber and contains very less unsaturated fat that makes it a perfect food for weight loss. Here are a few essential benefits of ragi:

Helps in Weight Loss – Ragi benefits weight loss in a unique way. A special amino acid, Tryptophan present in Ragi helps in curbing appetite. It has a higher rate of fiber compared to any other grain or rice. The high amount of dietary fiber combines with water and keeps the stomach fuller for a longer period of time. It is low in unsaturated fats that make it the ideal cereal for those looking to lose weight. The heaviness of the dietary fiber slows down the rate of digestion thereby keeping us fuller for longer with very less calories.

Increases Bone Strength – Ragi health benefits are not limited to weight loss only. When it comes to calcium, there is no other plant source that comes even close to Ragi. It is loaded with calcium and vitamin D that makes it a vital component for increasing bone strength.

Controls Diabetes – Regular consumption of Ragi has been found to reduce the risk of Diabetes Mellitus because of its high content of dietary fibers and polyphenols. It has a higher amount of fiber compared to rice, wheat or any other grains. The high level of fibers in Ragi slows down the pace of digestion thereby helping in lowering blood sugar levels. It also has a low glycemic index that makes it an ideal snack to prevent late night food cravings and help to maintain blood sugar within safe range.

Reduces Cholesterol – Ragi has been proved to work wonders in bringing down blood cholesterol levels and is one of the best home remedies for heart health. It controls the cholesterol level by reducing plaque formation and preventing blockage of blood vessels thereby cutting down the risk of stroke and other heart diseases. The key amino acids Lecithin and Methionine present in the cereal helps in lowering cholesterol by extracting and cutting out excess fat from the liver, and the amino acid Threonine prevents formation of fat in the liver. Ragi, in the unripe, green form can also help in controlling high blood pressure and hypertension.

Aids Relaxation – The abundance of antioxidants, mainly Tryptophan and amino acids in Ragi help in fighting damage causing free radicals and reducing oxidative stress. It works as a natural relaxant and helps in relieving stress related ailments like anxiety, hypertension, depression and headaches. It also helps in relieving sleep disorders like Insomnia along with cerebral pains and Migraine.

Good Source of Protein and Amino Acids – Ragi is one of the best natural protein sources. It is also rich in health benefiting amino acids and mineral like Calcium, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin and Riboflavin.  The important amino acids present in Ragi are Valine, Threonine, Isoleucine, Methionine and Tryptophan that help in muscle functioning, maintaining metabolism, blood formation, fighting anxiety and depression and also promotes the release of growth hormones.

Treats Anemia – Ragi sprouts is one of the healthiest sprouts to eat to load up on Iron that helps in increasing blood formation in persons suffering from anaemia or low haemoglobin levels.

Helps Digestion – The high level of dietary fiber in this cereal aids in proper digestion, normal bowel movement and prevents constipation. The insoluble fibers present in Ragi assists movement of food through the intestines while the insoluble fibers retain water thereby easing the passage of waste.  Include it to your daily diet in order to protect your digestive system and avert risks of constipation and other digestive disorders.

Increases Lactation – Ragi is a great source of nutrition for new mothers that also help in improving the hemoglobin levels. Lactating mothers are suggested to include green Ragi in their daily diet in order to improve milk production. It also enriches the milk with all the essential minerals for the body like iron, calcium and vital amino acids that is extremely important for the child as well as the mother.

Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” “drumstick tree,” or “horseradish tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition. 6 Reasons Why Moringa Is Being Hailed as a Superfood:

A Rich Nutritional Profile – Moringa leaves are loaded with vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, and more.

Antioxidants Galore – Moringa leaves are rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, quercetin, and chlorogenic acid. The latter, chlorogenic acid, has been shown to slow cells’ absorption of sugar and animal studies have found it to lower blood sugar levels.

Lower Blood Sugar Levels – Moringa appears to have anti-diabetic effects, likely due to beneficial plant compounds contained in the leaves, including isothiocyanates.

Reduce Inflammation – The isothiocyanates, flavonoids, and phenolic acids in moringa leaves, also have anti-inflammatory properties.

Maintain Healthy Cholesterol Levels

Protect Against Arsenic Toxicity

Ragi Drumstick Leaves Adai is a flat bread packed with proteins and is a wholesome breakfast recipe. There is no soaking, grinding or fermentation involved in this recipe. It is perfect for those busy mornings, when you want to eat healthy and wholesome breakfast. This recipe can be served as a mid day snack even.

This dish is: Low in saturated fat: No cholesterol, Very low in sodium, Low in sugar and High in manganese.