Is Nachni same as Quinoa?

by Bansri
(United States)

Bansri asked:

Is Nachni same as Quinoa?

I want to know if Naachni is same as Quinoa (in English) which is grown in South America - Peru, Chile?

If they are different grain, yet, both are high in protein, iron + more nutrients.


Our Answer:

Hi Bansri,

Nachni and quinoa are two different food ingredients.
Nachni - finger millet is a grain(grass plant). Quinoa is a seed of leafy plant like spinach.

Both quinoa and nachni have some similarities where nutrition is concerned.

Looks wise nachani or finger millet is reddish black/brown whereas quinoa is creamy white.

About quioa

quinoa grain seed

Quinoa is originally a south american ingredient and not so commonly known or available in India. It does not have a Indian name.

Quinoa is a rich source of protein. It has essensial amino acids and minerals. It is gluten free and is easy to digest.

You can cook it like rice or upma. Wash it well before cooking.

About finger millet - Nachni

nachni ragi finger millet grain

Nachni is commonly available in india and is used in Indian cooking since a long time.

Nachani is known as finger millet in English. In Indian languages it is known as

Marathi – Nachni, nachani, navgli
Hindi - Mandua
Tamil – Kelvargu
Telugu - Ragulu
Kannada - Ragi
Malayalam Koovarugu

It is one of the health giving rich grains. It contains high amount of calcium and iron, protein. It has balanced amono acids, vitamin A, vitamin B and phosphorus.

Nachni is gluten free and has more fiber too.

There are many ways you can add nachni-ragi-finger millet to your diet.

You can use it as a whole grain or in the flour form.

You can make ragi roti (nachni bhakri, as it is known in Maharashtra), ragi porridge, ragi mudde(Karnataka special), payasam, ragi dosa, pancakes, mixed flour parathas, thepla etc.

Nachni - finger millet - ragi is easy to digest and is given to babies as well as elderly people in the form of sprouted ragi flour which can be cooked quickly.

Hope this helps!

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Jul 08, 2016
Quinoa available in Bundelkhand
by: Anonymous

Its farming is now being started at Bundelkhand by a new project by Organic Wellness Products

Jan 29, 2016
by: Anonymous

Thanks for valuable information. What is it called in punjabi?

Dec 23, 2015
Reply to Admin
by: Anonymous

Rajgira/Amaranth is very easily available in Maharashtra at least. It is a fasting food for Ekadashi and similar vrat days.

You can gorge on Rajgira chikki which is very nutritive and tasty. Excellent and light snack.

Love this site.

Oct 21, 2015
by: Anonymous

What a really awesome post this is. Truly, one of the best posts I've ever witnessed to see in my whole life. Wow, just keep it up.

Jul 30, 2015
quino in hindi
by: Anonymous

hello everyone, Quino in hindi is known as kangni ke rice. its like millet. yoy have to remove the above skin and clean it and then can eat . if any one have is suffering from celiac disease or wants to get quiono or kangni ke rice can write to me at happy to help everyone. thanks.

May 18, 2015
by: caveman

This post that explains the difference between nachini and quinoa was much informative. I was not so interested in cooking but the recipes that are shared here on the website has made me interested in cooking.

Mar 28, 2015
Availability of Quinoa in India
by: Anonymous

Do not know for the rest of India, but, have seen Quinoa available in store in Gurgaon.

Mar 20, 2015
Quinoa available at saiwholefoods
by: Anonymous

log on to saiwholefoods website for online shopping of Quinoa

Feb 25, 2013
by: paresh

I think we have kodri, samo, or morio which can be the same as quinoa. Even amaranth has as much nutritional value as quinoa.

Aug 28, 2012
Quinoa - Indian Names
by: T -- from Hyderabad

Please tell us what is Quinoa called in Hindi? It will be of a lot of help. Because lot of us here do not know the correct Hindi name for Quinoa. We tend to confuse it with some other Hindi name of some other grain.

I have not seen Quinoa in Indian supermarkets. Please let us know if you have any idea where it is available?
Reply by Site Admin:

Hi T. from Hydrabad,

Quinoa is a South American food grain (actually a seed). So quinoa does not have a Hindi name or any other Indian language name.

I haven't yet come across any place in India where quinoa is easily available. But I keep checking the supermarkets and will let you know when I come across it.

The first time I got it from a family member from USA as I had heard about it and even now that is how I get it once in a while.

Our Indian grain/seed Amaranth is more nutritious. So you may try that as it is available easily in India. Amaranth is known as Ramdana or Rajgira in Indian languages.

If you are not able to get amaranth in your place, you may try to get amaranth online at I found this site while searching online. I haven't actually tried it.

Hope this helps.

Have a great day!

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