Finger Millet Juice (Nanchane Udha)

Finger Millet Juice (Nanchane Udha)

Finger millet juice is a traditional drink. A very healthy drink. It can be a saviour during hot summer days. And can be a delicious, nutritious, healthy drink during not so hot days of the year.

Beat the summer heat with a chilled, home made finger millet juice. It’s delicious and easy to make. Finger millet is ground with jaggery and cardamom to make a marvelous drink. Cardamom adds an amazing flavour and taste to this drink. Jaggery used as the sweetner makes this drink all the more healthy. A drink through which you'll get all the health benefits of finger millet. This drink has cooling effects on your body too. 

Instead of reaching out for some store bought juice with added sweetners, preservatives and additives, give this healthy drink a try. It’s the most healthy drink you can make for yourself. Replace the store bought juices with this drink and you’ll be doing yourself a favour. :-) Here’s the recipe for you:

In Konkani, nanchano means finger millet and udha means water. Finger millet in Kannada is called ragi. This juice has been around for centuries and has been had specially during summers. 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup finger millet
  • 1/2 cup powdered jaggery
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom powder or 2-3 cardamoms

Serves: 2

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Preparation Method:

  1. Transfer finger millet along with 1 cup of water into a blender and blend into a smooth paste.
  2. Strain the mixture using 1 cup of water and discard the residue, it’ll mainly contain finger millet husk.
  3. Add jaggery, cardamom powder to the finger millet extract obtained and mix well. If you're using whole cardamoms then grind them along with finger millets in step 1. 
  4. Dissolve jaggery in the juice with constant stirring. Adjust the amount of jaggery you add according to your palate.
  5. Dilute the juice if required by adding more water. 
  6. Serve chilled and enjoy!

Side Note:

  1. Traditionally, whole finger millet are ground in a wet grinder for a very smooth texture and for an amazing taste. Please use a wet grinder, if not you can use a mixer/blender for sake of ease. But the texture of the juice may not be as smooth as the one obtained though in a wet grinder. Also, you'll have a lot of husk/residue leftout in the end if you use a blender/mixer. As a result, you'll miss out on the fibres. 
  2. If you're using in a wet grinder, then grind finger millet with 1 cup water, powdered jaggery, cardamom powder/whole cardamom's into a smooth paste. You needn't strain it. Serve it chilled or as-is. 
  3. Refrigerate the juice to enjoy it for a day or two.
  4. You can also heat up the finger millet for 1-2 minutes before you grind them to remove any raw flavours present.
  5. You can also drink this juice without straining it. That you get all the good fibres too.
  6. If store bought finger millet isn’t clean, then give it a wash before grinding it and strain using a stariner to remove all the water.
  7. You can make this juice using finger millet powder but it tastes the best when finger millet is freshly ground.

Here are a few more traditional drinks: Poppy seeds juice, Sesame juice, Green gram juice, Cantaloupe drink, Hibiscus Juice.

Tags: Finger millet juice, nanchane udha, summer drink, healthy juice, Konkani cuisine, Udupi cuisine, Mangalore food, Konkani recipe, Konkani dish, rage juice.