Ragi Panki Recipe - A steamed bread made with Millets and wheat flour, without salt.

This recipe is from the book Healthy Indian Cooking for Diabetes.

Main Ingredients : Nachni/ragi, Wheat flour

Cuisine : Gujarati

Course : Snack

Ragi Panki

Gujarat has long stretches of unspoilt coastline and an endless supply of fish and shell fish. But strict Jainism in the past and orthodox Hinduism today has encouraged widespread vegetarianism.  The Gujarati cuisine is not heavily spiced but slightly sweeter than the cuisines of the neighbouring states.
Gujarati food is distinctively vegetarian with about 65% of its population shunning the meat.  The remaining 35% of the state’s population consists of Bohra Muslims and Parsis. Bohra Muslims are the followers of Abdullah who were Hindus who adopted Muslim religion.  The Parsi cuisine on the other hand is a blend of western influences.

Ragi Panki Recipe - How to make Ragi Panki


Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Medium


  • Nachni/ragi sieved225 grams

  • Wheat flour sieved70 grams

  • Low-fat yogurt 4 tablespoons

  • Green chilli minced1 1/2 teaspoon

  • Ginger minced1/2 teaspoon

  • Cumin seeds roasted and crushed2 teaspoons

  • Soda bicarbonate 2 pinch

  • Banana leaf cut into 12 inch pieces

  • Oil


Step 1

Mix the two flours in a bowl, then stir in the yogurt and 450ml water. Add the chilli, ginger and roasted cumin and mix. Adjust the consistency by adding more water, if necessary, then stir in the bicarbonate of soda.

Step 2

Lightly grease the banana leaf pieces. Heat a non-stick tawa, then spray on a little oil.

Step 3

Pour some batter on to a banana leaf square and place on the hot tawa. Cover with another banana leaf (oily side down) and cook. Once the bottom banana leaf shows little brown specks on it, flip the panki and cook the other side.

Step 4

You can make a half-moon-shaped panki by putting the batter on one side of the leaf and folding the other side over. Make the other pankis in the same way and serve in the leaves.