With it’s gluten-free and low cholesterol status, millet is bouncing back on the food platform. Millets are one of the oldest cultivated crops and available in lots of variety in India that have been traditionally used as staples but their usage has been progressively decreasing over time.
Millets are super grains and were used extensively but have been removed from our diet as a result of urbanization and availability of cereals like wheat, rice, corn. Millets require minimum agricultural support for growth.
Millets are highly nutritious, nonglutinous and nonacid forming. They are soothing to the digestive system and non-allergenic.
Millets for vegetarians
For vegetarians who miss out on animal protein in their diet, this grain makes perfect sense since all millets are protein rich. Ragi ( finger millets ) is the richest in calcium, about 10 times that of rice or wheat.
Millets for diabetics
Millets have lots of fibers and low simple sugars. As a result, they have a low glycemic index and hence help maintain blood sugar levels. They release very little sugar compared to wheat and rice and can be great alternatives for diabetics.
Millets for body detoxification
Properties of Millets of being sweet, dry and light from an Ayurvedic perspective makes it the Food Medicine to tackle body toxins, diabetes, excess weight, and edema.
- Finger millet ( Ragi ) – it is a great antioxidant
- Pearl millet ( Bajra ) – it minimises the risk of type 2 diabetes
- Sorghum ( Jowar ) – it has more antioxidants than pomegranate. It helps to Improve metabolism
- Foxtail millet ( kangni ) – it controls blood sugar
- Barnyard millet ( Jhangora ) – fights cardiovascular diseases
- Proso millet ( Barri ) – great for bone growth
How to cook Millets?
can be cooked by various methods. Eat it as Roti or Parantha
, knead it into the dough with some onions, green coriander etc and rolled into a roti.
Millets can be cooked like Dalia or oats for breakfast with milk, jaggery, and nuts like badam. It can be a complete diet for infants and small children.
can replace rice and Suji in recipes like idli, Dosa, Upma, kheer