Ragi Halbai is a traditional and iconic dish, native to Karnataka, which is made using finger millet, jaggery and freshly grated coconut.
Halbai/Halubayi is most commonly made using rice/wheat/rava at most households in Karnataka. Hoever, ragi halabi is also made to give it a healthy twist. The word ‘halubai’ literally means, to extract the cream/milk out of a millet/grain and make a cake out of it. It is most popular in the western ghats , malnad region.
All that this recipe requires is 4 ingredients and a bit of your arm strength to stir it continuously till the consistency is attained 🙂
If you’d like something different this deepavaLi, then this Ragi Halbai is just what you should make for your family. Using organic jaggery (slightly darker than the usual jaggery) lends this sweet a very unique taste and you can’t just stop at one!
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Make this Ragi Halbai, a sweet native to Karnataka that is made with jaggery and coconut.
- Since you're adding freshly grated coconut, the shelf life of this dessert is short and should be consumed within 2-3 days despite refrigerating it.
- Strictly ensure you're near the stove while stirring the mixture and it is low flame, to avoid lumps. Else, the entire dessert becomes a disaster.