The consumption of rice and wheat is so ingrained in our diets, that we consume it without paying attention to other much healthier substitute - millets. Millets are small grained, warm weather cereals belonging to the grass family.
Here are a few thing you should know about them -
Here are some fab things to make with millets
Ragi mudde or ragi balls are made of cooked ragi flour. Farmers of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh eat this for breakfast before setting out to work in the fields or eat it as a mid-day meal. Since it is digested slowly, it gives them the stamina and energy to work in the fields all day. It is a good food option for those who sit at their desks all day and work.
It is great for diabetics as it increases insulin sensitivity and helps keep glucose levels normal. Make a bajra and fresh fenugreek roti and eat with fresh yogurt for a healthy tasty breakfast. It contains good amounts of amino acids and is a great food option for weight watchers. Let a bajra and vegetable khichdi substitute rice in a meal and bajra muffins for dessert.
Centuries ago what was cattle feed is now recognized as a super healthy food for humans. Jowar or shorgum is a hearth healthy grain which has a beautiful earthy taste to it. Soak jowar grain overnight and use it to make jowar curd or a delicious jaggery payasam studded with crunchy jowar grains. These healthy millets are loaded with nutritive value and high in dietary fiber, iron, antioxidants and calcium.
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