The Many Millet Benefits
On WhiskAffair, you would have seen several recipes for everyday things made using millets. Be it Ragi (Finger Millet), Jowar, Bajra, Foxtail Millet or Thinai, or Barnyard millet, I have often strived to bring to the fore recipes that are easy to make, yet help you try something new and healthy. Millets have been in the spotlight in recent times as wonder grains, and with good reason. They have a lower glycemic index than white rice and refined flour, making them an ideal choice for diabetics and those trying to lose weight or lower cholesterol. What’s more, millets are rich in protein, calcium and vitamins, a blessing in disguise for those looking for a filling meal that doesn’t come in a large portion size.
Consuming Millet Benefits your health in many ways:
- High dietary fibre helps with small serving size and control obesity
- Reduce the risk of Diabetes & cardio vascular diseases
- Beneficial in treating and prevention of gallstones and stomach ulcers
- Nutritionally dense and reduce anaemia, liver disorders and asthma
- Its hypo allergic properties help prevent allergic reactions
- Relieves constipation
- Lowers blood glucose response and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes
- Rich in anti oxidants
- Reduce the risk of cancer
- Reduce hypertension
Some common millets such as Jowar and bajra have been part of a staple diet for a long time, while others are gaining in popularity only now. If you’re keen on trying out millets in your diet, you can start with this Foxtail Millet Berry Pilaf recipe that would be perfect for those who refuse to be converted. Perfect for kids and adults alike, and even for infants who have graduated to textured foods. Pongal is another staple of south Indian breakfasts, and it can be made healthier, and I dare say tastier, with foxtail millet in place of rice.
Millets are considered as nutri cereals and are a rich source of food, feed and fodder. Talking about India, these are grown by local farmers. Since most millets are known for resilience and drought enduring capacity, they are very beneficial for our farmers who face weather related challenges year on year. Moving to millet based recipes, we would do a big favour to our own farmers. These crops are also less prone to major pests and diseases. Millets are absolutely indispensable in tribal and hill agriculture where crop substitution is a big challenge.
Ragi or finger millet is the prime millet grown across India and here are 8 best Ragi Recipes you could incorporate in your diet.
Pearl Millet or bajra as it is better known is also a common grain used day to day. Almost all millets and their flours are gluten-free and pearl millet is no exception to the rule. Bajra is a powerhouse of protein and amino acids, making it a must have in your kitchens. It is most commonly used as a flour to make rotis. You may have tasted them as part of a Gujarati or a Rajasthani thali. Well, you can make bajra rotis at home now with this easy recipe! Since millets lack gluten which is the stretching agent in wheat, you may have some difficulty at first rolling bajra rotis. If that is the case, you can roll them in between greased sheets to reduce breakage. You get bajra flour from almost all supermarkets and organic food stores. Once you get a hang of the roti making, I’m sure you’ll substitute wheat with bajra in no time!
Rich diversity of small millet crops has made them well suited for contingency crop planning and also to address the issue of climate change. The plasticity exhibited by millets has made them flexible for early as well as delayed planting, low or high rainfall areas, various elevations and different soil regimes. Versatile small millets including Foxtail Millet, Barnyard Millet, Proso Millet and Little Millet would fit in any situations of climatic change and save the farmers from total crop failure. The farmers are going back to millets as an insurance for stable harvests. Small millet crops are also important for health and wellness of people and can help in preventing diseases related to modern lifestyle. Processed small millets can be consumed as flakes, quick food cereals, ready to eat snacks, supplementary foods, extrusion cooking, malt based products, weaning foods and health foods.
Millet grains are known for good shelf life, in fact some dried grains can be stored for many years.
If you want to know more about Millet Benefits you should look to attend Organics and Millets 2017, National Trade Fair 2017 being hosted in Bengaluru, India from 28th to 30th April 2017. Visit www.organics-millets.in for more information and registration.
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