Manipuri Tan Or Flat Bread With Finger Millet Or Ragi Flour 

Manipuri tan or flat bread with finger millet or ragi.

A very healthy  breakfast. Perfect dish to start your day.
Ragi or finger millet is a powerhouse of nutrition and act as a treatment for anaemia, diabetes, osteoporosis and brittle bones.
Ragi  is packed with iron, protein, calcium etc. Fiber rich finger millet helps to lower cholesterol level and its an ideal food for weight loss.
Ragi is gluten free and suitable for gluten or lactose intolerant people. Not only that it also helps in relieving stress and anxiety.

Monday again and time for our 121st #Foodiemonday bloghop. My fellow blogger and a dear friend Pushpita who blog at https://pushpitaschakhum.wordpress.com is not participating due to health reason. God bless her with good health and happiness. Wishing her a very speedy recovery.

So this week we are sharing recipes from her wonderful blog. Do visit her blog for many amazing recipes. We introduced each other on a discussion over black rice. Remember Pushpita? After that you are always very helpful and becomes a dear sister to me 😍 

Now look what Pushpita has written about ragi or finger millet. 

“In the Northeast, farmers or traditional millet growers weren’t aware of the commercial value of millets that were cuitivated or that grow in wild. The reason being most of the communities growing millets for cattle fodder, or for brewing local wines considering it as a minor crop. Few communities do eat millets either mixed with rice so that an entire family has enough to eat, or perhaps knowing about its nutrition value.”

Coming to the recipe. Garlic chives are used in this flat bread. But I don’t have garlic chives so I made it without it. If you have you can add. I have used green chilli and cilantro or coriander leaves in it and served with homemade ginger pickle. 

Recipe


Finger millet or ragi flour – 1 & 1/2 cup

Rice flour – 1/2 cup

Salt to taste

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2, finely chopped

Hot water – 1 & 1/2 cup or as require

Oil for shallow frying

Method


1.In a large mixing bowl add the ragi flour, rice flour and salt.

2.Pour in the hot water and mix propely with a spoon.

If you want a pliable dough to roll out with rolling pin add 1 cup water first. Add little more if require. 

 Add the chopped green chilli and cilantro and fold in gently. Set aside to let cool.

3. Grease both palms with some oil and mix the flour to a smooth dough.

4.Divide the dough into equal size portions. Roll them between both palms to round shapes and keep aside.

5.Sprinkle some ragi flour on a flat platform or rolling board and shape each dough portion to a round shape evenly with your hand or rolling pin. 

6.Heat a pan or tawa (preferably cast iron) and place the flattened dough with the floured side on top.

7.Flip the tan or flat bread after a minute. Drizzle few drops of oil by slightly lifting the tand cook the other side.

8.Drizzle little oil on the top side and flip and cook for a minute.

Serve hot with ginger pickle or any pickle or sauce. 

For ginger pickle mix ginger julienne, chopped green chilli and black salt. Soak all these in sufficient lemon juice. Store in a clean and dry jar. Keep under sun light for 6 – 7 days. Your pickle is ready.

Start your day with this healthy breakfast.
Notes 

1. You can use garlic powder or grated garlic or paste if you like garlicky taste. 

2. Add chilli according to your taste. 

3. You can add 1 teaspoon lemon juice in the dough if you like. 

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Chakhao Kheer

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Black rice kheer or chakhao kheer is a delectable sweet dish from the Indian state of Manipur. Nutty flavour of black rice made this kheer heavenly. Black rice or forbidden rice is known as chak hao in Manipur.

Black rice is more nutritious than brown rice. Its an excellent source of fiber, amino acid, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.

In China and some South-East Asian country it is known as “Forbidden Rice” because it was reserved exclusively for the Royals in ancient China.

While not as common as other types of rice, black rice is the highest in antioxidant activity and contains more protein than brown rice.

As such, eating it may offer several health benefits, including boosting eye and heart health, protecting against certain forms of cancer, and aiding weight loss.

Black rice is more than just a nutritious grain. When cooked, its deep purple color can turn even the most basic meal into a visually stunning dish.

Source – Healthline

This recipe is my first blog post. Updating it today. Here are three more black rice recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Black rice pudding and mango parfait

2. Gluten free black rice double chocolate cake

3. Black rice oats and beetroot pancake

And you may also like one more recipe from Manipur.

Manipuri tan or flatbread

Got the recipe from my friend Pushpita Vikramjit Ahibam. Tried it for the first time. The taste is awesome. Colour of this black rice changed to a lovely purple colour when cooked. Loved it’s nutty flavour.

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Recipe

Black rice – 4-5 tsp or 2/4 cupMilk – 4 cup

Sugar – to taste

Dry fruits – 1/2 cup

Green cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp

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Method

1. Black rice takes longer time to cook so soak the rice overnight. Then pressure cook with water for one whistle, after that cook on low flame for 20 minutes.

2. Heat milk in a pan. When it starts boiling add the rice. Cook on low flame. Stir in between.

3. Cook till milk reduces and looks rich and creamy. Add sugar and cook for some more time till sugar melt.

4. Add dry fruits and cardamom powder. I have used cashew nuts and raisins. You can use any dry fruits of your choice. Mix well and remove from heat.

Garnish with dry fruits. Black rice kheer or chakhao kheer is ready to serve. Serve warm or chilled. Enjoy…..

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