of millet - Millet Nutrition info - Millet Recipes
Pearl millet - Finger millet - Sorghum
there are many types of millet, these are more commonly used; pearl
millet, foxtail, finger, proso, sorghum etc. These whole grains are very
nutritious and are used in Asian and African countries.
Millets are grown and used commonly in India since prehistoric times.
it is used as cereals, in soups, in breads, in baby food, as breakfast
porridge and in
other breakfast recipes.
It is also used as bird and cattle feed.
Now a days, millet is used to make noodles too as it is healthier than maida/white flour. So now we have a healthy option to maida noodles. Millet noodles is tasty too!
types of millet - sorghum, finger, foxtail,pearl
Millet Nutrition Info
- Millet are better than rice and wheat in protein, vitamins and mineral contents.
It is very nutritious and non glutinous.
- It is not acid forming, is soothing to the stomach and easy to digest.
- It warms the body in the cold climate.
Millet are least allergic. They are very useful for diabetics.
- It contains high fiber, protiens, calcium, B complex vitamins and also vitamin E.
- It is rich in minerals, lowers cholesterol. It is helpful in reducing the weight.
- Millet are very high in minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorous
and potassium. Finger millet (Ragi) is richest in calcium content.
Millets can be used up to 2 years if stored properly in a cool dry place. Once it is ground to flour, use it within 2-3 weeks.
Types of Millet and Indian names
different types of these whole grain millets known in Indian languages.
Finger millet - Nachani - Ragi recipes
- is known in Indian languages as Sattu / Mandua(Hindi), ragi
(Kannada), nachani / nagli (Marathi), Ragulu (Telugu), Malayalam
(Koovarugu), Kelvargu (Tamil).
Foxtail Millet Recipes - Thinai - Navane Recipes
Foxtail - Navne - Tinai millet
Thinai - Foxtail millet- Navne
In Indian languages known as navane in Kannada, Kang or rala in Marathi, thinai/tenai in Tamil, Korra in Telugu.
Pearl Millet Recipes -
Pearl millet - Bajra
Is also known as black millet and green millet.
It is known in Indian languages as bajra (Hindi,Gujrati), bajri
(Marathi), Sajji / Sajje (Kannada), Kambu(Tamil), Gantilu (Telugu),
India is the largest producer of pearl millet.
Bajra khichdi - Pearl millet khichuri
Jowar - Sorghum - Jwari - Jola - Cholam - Jonna Recipes
Sorghum millet jowar
Sorghum - Jowar
Sorghum is also considered a kind of millet.
It is known in Indian languages as jowar (hindi), jwari (marathi),
jola (kannada), Cholam (Tamil) , Jonna (Telugu), Cholum (Malayalam).
Barnyard millet - Sama - Varai - Bhagar Recipes
Barnyard millet - Samo rice
- bhagar - varai - sama
Barnyard millet - sama rice
Also known as bhagar, varai tandool, samo rice, this millet grain is used for making vrat/upvas recipes.
What types of millets are available and where?
Bajra and Jowar grain as well as flour are used in Maharashtra, Gujarat and north Karnataka region.
Ragi or nachani is used more in the south Indian states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. It is also used in Maharashtra.
It is used to make flat breads (named Bhakari), dosa, rotti.
grain is malted too and mixed with milk, water or yogurt and eaten at
The sprouted ragi flour is used to make baby food. It is also useful
for elderly people as it is easy to digest. It is known as vaddragi
hittu and ragi huri hittu in Kannada.
How is millet used?
Millet is mainly used as food.
- Indian Flat breads - bhakri, thalipeet(marathi) in maharastrian
cuisine - rotla in gujarati, ragi rotti - kannada - jolada rotti, ragi
- To make porridge - kheer
- Alcoholic beverages - to make beer in Taiwan , east Africa.
ingredient for distilled liquor - rakshi in Nepal.
- To make fermented
drink in Balkan countries, Romania, Bulgaria etc.
- Millet is also used as bird and animal feed.
- used to fill juggling bean bags along with bird seed
About Millet crops
- The seed to harvest time of millet is short, about 65 days.
- Store properly and millet grain keeps good for 2-3 years.
- Millet crops need less water compared to rice and wheat crops. They are water saving crops.
- Traditionally grown millet do not need any chemical/synthetic fertilizers.
- They are pest-free crops.
- Millet are all-season crops and not season specific like wheat.