Increasing health issues, lifestyle diseases, and nutritional insecurity call for more attention to the miracle grain, millets. Millets were grown and consumed as a staple food in India. But with the passage of time rice and wheat were preferred and there has been a decline in the cultivation and consumption of millets. Millets are a powerhouse of nutrients that are rich in iron, calcium, protein, vitamins phytochemicals, and anti-oxidants and have again come back to our plates.
How to prepare millets
Soaking of Millets :
When millets are soaked for six to eight hours, they break down phytic acid and become easier to digest. Soak millet overnight before cooking it.
Measurement of Water and Cooking time :
The water requirements to cook millets vary with each dish. The water measurement for different recipes is as follows.
- Millet Rice – 1:2 (Millet : Water)
- Millet Upma with Vegetables – 1:2.5
- Millet Khichdi with Pulses & Vegetables – 1:3
- Millet Pongal/Porridge – 1:4
Ways to include millets
As Idlis :
Ragi idli is a power-packed meal. Idlis can be made with most millet varieties, and one can experience a new idli every time you make it.
In Biriyanis/Pulao :
Foxtail millet can be used while preparing biriyanis /pulao. It has a low glycemic index and helps in reducing cholesterol and fasting glucose in type-2 diabetes patients.
Switch your regular flour with any millet-based flour (foxtail millet, amaranth, and bajra are our top picks) and you’ll have an absolutely delicious pancake or dosa as you may like to call it.
To make millet-based chapatis, 50% wheat flour can be mixed with any millet-based flour like ragi flour or jowar flour for the remaining part of the dough.
So what are you waiting for, try a VEYR millet based dish for your next meal.
|Millets - Glossary in Tamil and Hindi
|Ragi | Nachni
|Mountain Finger Millet
|Ragi | Nachni
|Little Millet (boiled)
|Little Millet (unboiled)
|Foxtail Millet (boiled)
|Foxtail Millet (unboiled)
|Barnyard Millet (boiled)
|Barnyard Millet (unboiled)
|Country Pearl Millet
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