Millet foods for better health
Millets are widely grown in the world as cereals. They are grown in the semi-arid regions of Asia and Africa. Most of the millet recipes belong to the tribe panacea. The most widely grown millets are pearl millet which is an important crop in India and parts of Africa. Finger millet, proso millet and foxtail millet are also important crop species. Millets were probably first cultivated in Asia more than 4000 years ago and they were major grains in Europe during the middle-ages.
Millets also formed important parts of the prehistoric diet in Indian, Chinese, Neolithic and Korean mumun societies.
Millet grains are high in carbohydrates with protein content varying from 6% to 11% and fat varying from 1% to 1.5%. They are strong in taste and are mainly consumed in flat breads or porridges or eaten much like rice.
Millets range in height from 30 to 130 cm.
The pearl millet in India is suited to soils of low fertility and limited moisture.
It gained popularity because it is gluten free, boasts high protein, fibre and antioxidant contents
Types of Millet
Sorghum is commonly use as jowar in India. Traditionally, jowar was used as a grain to make flat breads. Enriched with the goodness of iron, protein and fibre, jowar can help in reducing cholesterol levels. It is good for people who have wheat intolerance.
Ragi [Finger millet]
Ragi is used as a healthy substitute for rice and wheat. Ragi is undoubtedly a powerhouse of nutrition. Loaded with protein and amino acids, the gluten free millet is good for brain development in growing kids.
Foxtail millet has healthy blood sugar balancing carbohydrates and it is popularly available in the form of semolina and rice flour. The presence of iron and calcium in this millet helps in strengthening the immunity.
Bajra [pearl millet]
This millet is known for its umpteen health benefits. Packed with the goodness of iron, protein, fibre, and minerals such calcium and magnesium, the daily consumption or inclusion of this millet work wonders.
This nutrient dense millet has high fibre content, which can effectively help in losing weight. It is a rich source of calcium and phosphorus, which helps in bone building and its daily consumption and its daily consumption helps in fighting bone diseases.
This millet can effectively help in balancing blood sugar level. It’s low glycaemic index has made it a fad among weight watchers. In India, it has been commonly used as bird feed.
Packed with the goodness of B vitamins, minerals like calcium, iron, zinc and potassium, little millets can provide essential nutrients, which helps further in weight loss. It is a part of many traditional dishes in south India. It has high fibre content which helps in losing the weight.
This millet is rich in protein and dietary fibre. It helps in fighting greying and hair loss. It also lowers cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease risk.
It is popularly known as chana in India. Broomcorn helps in balancing blood sugar level as it has a low glycaemic index. It is a good option for diabetes to be incorporated into a daily diet.
Benefits of Millet
Millets, being rich in multinutrients, offer multiple health benefits.
Rich in antioxidants
Millets are rich in phenolic compounds especially in ferulic acids. These molecules act as antioxidants to prevent our body from harmful stress.
Helps to control blood sugar levels
Millet is rich in fibre and non-starchy polysaccharides that help control blood sugar levels. Millets are considered as an ideal grain for people with diabetes
Helps in lowering the cholesterol
Millet contains soluble fibre which produces a viscous substance in your gut. This traps fat and helps to reduce the cholesterol.
Fits in gluten free diet
Millet is a gluten free grain which makes it a viable choice for people with celiac disease or for those who are following a gluten free diet. Gluten triggers harmful digestive substances such as diarrhoea and nutrient malabsorption.
Good for coronary disease
Millets helps in improving the heart health and can effectively reduce coronary blockage It is enriched with the goodness of magnesium, which can effectively reduce blood pressure and risk of stroke and heart attacks. Millets can help in reducing the risk of disease like atherosclerosis. Rich in potassium, millets can effectively work as a vasodilator.
Millets promote digestion
Minerals are rich in fibre which can help in digestion and relieve bowel issues. It helps in gastrointestinal problems and can ease in other diseases related to the liver and kidney. It can also help in reducing the risk of colon cancer.
Helps in detoxification
Minerals are loaded with the components such as curcumin, ellagic acid, quercetin and catechins which further helps in removing the foreign magenta and free radicals and balances the enzymatic reactions in the body. These can naturally detoxify the blood.
Therefore, to promote the millet recipes and to ensure the well-being of people and environment, Millet Bank makes a wide range of products such as biscuits, cookies, noodles, pasta, breakfast cereals etc.
Here, we’ll have a look at some of the millet recipes
Millet cookies are made by mixing the millet flour, wheat flour and palm sugar together. Then we add butter in it. Now we make soft dough of it with the help of milk products. Now make small balls of the dough and flatten them with the help of hand. Now bake them for 10 minutes and your cookies are ready to eat. You can also try the cookies of millet bank. They make good quality and preservatives free cookies. These are
Ragi elaichi cookies
These cookies have the flavours of ragi and elaichi. They are good source of protein and amino acids. It also helps in weight loss, cures constipation and diabetes.
Little millet jeera cookies
This little millet jeera cookie has a nutty texture and goes well with evening tea or coffee. Jeera is a good source of potassium and iron which helps in strengthening our immunity system. It is also rich in antioxidants and has antibacterial properties
Ragi chocolate cookies
These cookies are made up of Ragi, an incredible millet with high amounts of calcium, B vitamins and fibre. When we combine it with chocolate, the magic happens. Consuming ragi helps you to deal with anxiety, insomnia and depression.
Little millet jaggery cookies
Little millet jaggery cookies are soft and delicious. These are tasty, fresh and crispy cookies. These are gluten free with no preservatives and additives. It has rich sources of protein and calcium which helps in healthy growth, development and learning in kids. Here, they use natural sweetener jaggery, which is the best sugar alternative. It strengthens bones and prevents anaemia.
Multi millet tooty fruity cookies
These cookies have a really amazing taste of tooty frooty. These types of cookies or biscuits are generally made at Christmas and shared with family and friends. These are rich source of essential minerals and controls blood pressure and diabetes.
Gluten free millet cookies
These cookies are free from gluten with no preservatives. These are crunchy from outside but soft from inside. More than six varieties of grains are used to make the flour that is used in making these cookies.
First spoon millet cookies combo
These cookies are perfect for your babies. Babies who have completed the age of one year can have this as a finger food. It is rich in fibre which makes digestion easy for kids.
Millet choco flakes
Millet choco flakes makes our morning blissful,delicious and nourishing.Just take millet choco flakes in a bowl,add milk and garnish it with your favourite nuts and cookies.Now your healthy breakfast rich in calcium,protein,dietary fibre and minerals is ready in less than five minutes.These crunchy millet choco flakes can be consumed straight from the pack.
Millet choco fills
These millet choco fills are crunchy and munchy from inside as well as outside.Add these in hot or cold milk and top with your favourite nuts and fruits.It has more than 50% of ragi content.These are gluten and preservatives free ,rich in minerals,vitamins,proteins,fibres and less in cholesterol and calories.
Millet vanilla fills
These are crunchy outside and have rich vanilla inside. It has the goodness of quinoa and ragi that gives mega happiness.It is rich in vitamins and minerals.It is anytime delicious bite. Snack it right out of the pack or top it with a glass of hot or cold milk.
Crunchy millet muesli with nuts, choco chips and sunflower, flax seeds
Our flavour millet muesli makes it a perfect meal to begin your day with. The abundant health benefits of sunflower and flax seeds makes it a must have in your meal. Muesli has minimal sugar content and is low in calories.
Millet combo of noodles, pasta and cookies
It is an amazing combo of multi millet noodles, cookies and pasta. It is kid friendly which makes it perfect for a meal and serve it to your family and friends too.
Crunchy millet muesli with fruits and quinoa seeds
It has the goodness of fruits paired with quinoa seeds and crunchy millet muesli. Its antioxidant elements helps us in building the immunity. Additionally, the oatmeal of the product is low in carbohydrates and calories. It helps to maintain the blood sugar level without causing any risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Honey glazed oats cluster millet flakes with delicious fruits
Now, get your share of fruits in honey glazed oats cluster millet flakes which is essential to keep us fit. While oats is incredibly nutritious with manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, zinc, iron and vitamins, millet is an excellent source of beta-carotene which supports the health of our eye.
Honey glazed oats chunks millet flakes with berries
Are you craving for a meal that gives you a perfect balance of nutrition and keeps you filled for the same time? Then you need to try our honey graced oats cluster and millets with super berries. Millets are high on antioxidants and low on cholesterol which helps to boost our immunity. It also comes with berries which contain high amounts of iron, zinc, magnesium calcium and vitamins which give you the energy to work throughout the day. Combination of millet flakes, rolled oats and berries is the perfect way to make you fit and healthy.
Honey glazed oats chunks and millet flakes healthy nuts
If you're looking for something healthy and crunchy as well, then you must definitely try it. It has a richness of calcium, vitamins, fibre and minerals. It is also helpful in reducing the calories and cholesterol.
Smartika health mix -homemade with sprouted millets
It is a complete square meal with carbohydrates, minerals, proteins and fats at appropriate proportions. It is homemade with sprouted millets, sun dried and ground along with pulses, lentils and nuts. It is a combination of 21 health ingredients. It is packed hygienically and brought to the doors of customer with utmost care.
Some more millet pasta
Now, enjoy the goodness of millets in the form of pasta. It is a kid friendly dish which makes it a perfect meal.
Millet sevai combo
Some more millet sevais are diabetic friendly and brings innovation to the local delicacy. It can be a steaming breakfast or dinner for the complete enjoyment of whole family. Some More wheat sevais is a tasty alternative to rice with an interesting twist. It contains complex carbohydrates, micronutrients and naturally present antioxidants which are essential for a healthy lifestyle.
Some more noodles
Now, enjoy the millets in the form of noodles, which makes it a healthy meal for the whole family. Our millet noodles comes with a tastemaker made up of natural spices. It is completely devoid of any kind of preservatives, artificial flavours, colours and MSG.