You may find my next paragraph quite interesting. I often had the chore of making ragi for fishing trips, it was something I enjoyed doing and took great pride in making the perfect ragi bait. But now as time is scarce and often my saturdays are hectic I don't have the time to make ragi as I used to.
Hence these days I have to resort to some extreme measures.....
1) Mix ragi flour with water till you get a really soggy ball about the size of a tennis ball. They have to be soft enough to just about stay in a circular shape.
2) Bung them into the micro and zap them for 5 to 8 mins depending on the number of balls.
3) While doing step 2, also put in a small plastic cup with water in it. This way the outside of the balls do not dry.
4) Take the balls out of the micro and cut into small cubes with a knife on a chopping board.
5) Wet hands (can use a drop of cooking oil as well) and knead the cubes into a single ball and carry on till you get a uniform consistency.
6) Leave the balls on a cloth to cool, its important to let them 'breathe'
7) In the meanwhile shave, shower and get ready to go out and paint the town red.
Just before leaving home throw them into your fishing bag!
This method doesn't involve dirty vessles, ragi paste stuck on one's clothes, the stove, the floor etc
The whole street doesn't smell of hing, its easy on gas and in 20 mins you should have enough ragi for your 1 session.
Hope this one helps,