Mysuru: Janata Dal (S) Supremo H D Devegowda who introduced Ragi Mudde across the country especially after becoming prime minister inaugurated Ragi Mudde Making Machine manufactured by CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI).
After inaugurating the machine which can discharge 250 muddes each weighing nearly 200 to 225 gram in just one hour he tasted the ragi ball and appreciated CFTRI staff members for coming out with the much needed machine. “Really it’s a good initiative from CFTRI which enables people to come out with more muddes in a very short duration”, added Gowda. Due to low glycemic index of the ragi and rich nutrients like calcium, iron and dietary fibre it is considered as a wonder food. This is considered as one of the best foods for all cross sections of the society from small children to old aged persons, hard working labourers to the executives working in offices and from poor to rich people.
V D Nagaraj, Senior Priniciple Scientist, Design and Fabrication Unit, CFTRI said “Traditional method involves cooking ragi powder in hot water with stirring using a wooden stick. This traditional method is practised at household levels. Now Ragi mudde is being served in restaurants, hostels and even in jails. The need was felt to standardise the ragi mudde making process and mechanisation to serve large population of the society. Thus Ragi Mudde making was conceptualised and materialised by CFTRI. We took eight months to come out with this machine which cost nearly Rs 3 to Rs 3.5 Lakh. It can also be increased further by changing the design aspect may be to 500 or even 1000 muddes per hour. It is a fully automated machine. It is steam cooked inside the machine. It is untouched by human elements as Ragi powder and water are added to the machine.”
“This machine will be very useful in big restaurants, hostels, industrial canteens, defence canteens, jails and airport restaurant. The other advantage of this machine is to prepare 250 balls in just one hour. Only one person is sufficient to operate the machine. It was developed with the funding from Department of Science and Technology, GOI. Already there is demand for the product. TVS Company too has come forward to buy the machine”, added Nagaraj.