India as we all have learnt is a country that is a
combination of people, religion and cultures but till today 85% of the India
lives on the income earned from agriculture. One big benefit that we have that
in the time where organic food is increasing its market share we have been
eating organic for the last 5000 years.
Paddy, wheat, corn and millets are popularly grown in
the Indian fields. Now you might ask me what are millets and how are they
important topic to be discussed upon? So let us directly start without wasting
any time on other discussions.
Millets are the seeds that are a group of highly
variable seeded grasses. They are one of the main source of protein, fibre,
vitamins and minerals in the human nutrition.
Once British ruined India they also tried to remove
the use of millets from the food basket by selling low priced polished rice and
wheat and also paid the farmers high for growing these two crops. But some
hidden cultures during that time still continued to consume millets as a daily
food and also added the millets to the daily food basket of Indian house hold.
Today where the world is growing towards the organic
products this is the one which today’s children grow these millets in the
backyards of their homes. The moist popular millets grown across India are pearl
millet or bajra, sorghum or jowar, finger millet or ragi, common millet,
barnyard millet, foxtail millets, kodo millet and more.
Each millet has its own benefit and health tips.
Dieticians, doctors and others have also accepted millets as a part of the diet
1. Bajra or pearl millet:
In India Rajasthan is the largest
producer of bajra. Plus one more this is that most of the Rajasthan food
consists of bajra. Pearl millet helps in
weight loss, manages diabetes, keeps our heart fit and is a package of iron and
2. Jowar or sorghum:
Indian state Maharashtra is a leading
producer of jowar and is a rain-fed crop, i.e, it requires a lot of rain to be
grown. Sorghum has high in protein and includes dietary fats, iron, phosphorus
and thiamine. It is a great substitute for people with wheat allergy. It is a
good source of vitamin B.
3. Ragi or finger millet:
Ragi is small brown seed similar to that of mustard and is large grown in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. I have used ragi in baking to make cookie and bread. Finger millet has lot of calcium content and is a key source of controlling diabetes. Ragi helps in stopping aging and fights anaemia and does not allow the body to get tired easily.
4. Foxtail millet:
Tamil Nadu the largest producer of
foxtail millet. This millet gives the body required amount of energy to do a
day’s work. It helps in functioning of heart and also helps enhance our memory.
Foxtail millet cures muscle weakness and is also a good source of improving
hair and skin health.