Cheesy Ragi Fingers | Ragi Cheeselings

Crisp, Cheesy, nutty flavourful and very addictive, Cheesy Ragi crackers make a tasty snack and a great accompaniment to tea.

Crisp, cheesy, nutty, earthy and addictive……this is how I would describe the batch of Ragi cheese fingers that were made yesterday.
My daughter had been requesting me to bake cheese lings for quite some time. We went to the store and bought a pack of cheese cubes, especially for this purpose. But somehow cheese lings were never baked. Every day after coming back from school she would ask, “Have you baked my cheese lings?” On hearing a negative answer, she would feign anger show her resentment, and then forget after some time. This happened for many days and then she stopped asking about cheese lings.  
Yesterday, I could no longer bear the pangs of guilt from breaking my promise and got down to making cheese lings. A surprise awaited. There were only three cubes of cheese left in the box. On being asked, both, the senior and the junior clearly denied eating any cheese. The junior has now learnt to team up with the senior for the goodies he gets in the process.
With only three cubes of cheese that were left, the crispies couldn't be made.  A trip to a neighbourhood store was made to get the cheese and we baked the crackers.

The crackers are very crisp, very cheesy, bursting with the flavours of herbs. Add less salt because the butter is salty, the cheese is also salty and the herb mix also has salt. Start with 1/8 teaspoon of salt. taste the dry mix, add more if and only if you feel it needs more salt.

Cheesy Ragi Fingers / Ragi Cheeselings


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup ragi (finger millet) flour
  • ½  cup grated cheddar cheese 
  • 25 Gms butter (divide a stick of butter into four, use one part)
  • 1/8 to 1/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian spice mix
  • ½ cup water


  1. In a bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour, Raagi flour, salt and Italian spice mix.
  2. Add butter and grated cheese. Mix well.
  3. Add water slowly and knead a  smooth dough. Do not knead it too much. Just get everything together into a soft smooth dough.
  4. Cover the dough and let it rest for half an hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C.
  6. Take a portion of the dough roughly about the size of a golf ball and roll out a thin chapatti.
  7. With a sharp knife cut out crackers.  You may use a cookie cutter to cut out crackers.
  8. Arrange on the baking tray. Bake for exactly 15 minutes. Transfer the baked crackers to another plate to cool.
  9. Repeat till the dough is over.
  10. Store the baked crackers in an airtight container.
Note: Add a very little salt to the crackers. While baking the crackers, be very watchful after 10 minutes. Since the colour of the crackers is dark, the crackers overbake if not watched. Remove when you see the edges browning.

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  1. Nice and healthy ragi fingers... Planning to do it...

  2. I loved the presentation and the cheesy fingers are so healthy and yum looking. Love the way you incorporate healthy flours in recipes. I am sure your daughter was delighted to see these yummies.

  3. perfectly made home made are so innovative with baking nami

  4. These look like they would be wonderful with soup or hummus and are another easily veganisable recipe. Just add nutritional yeast flakes and you are most of the way there :)

  5. I missed this post... such an interesting snack here Namita! Loved the presentation on that woven tray :)

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    1. Hello Namita, keep both the rods on while baking. Happy Baking!