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Recent times have seen an increase in lifestyle diseases like obesity and diabetes. When our food choices become the leading cause of aggravating several health complications, it’s time to go organic.
India is home to many organic food grains. And one such lesser-known organic superfood is millet. An excellent source of protein, fibre, and antioxidants, millets are becoming increasingly popular in the west.
What’s more, they’re gluten-free!
Attributes and Type of Millets
Millets are small, round whole grains, grown and eaten in the Indian subcontinent for thousands of years.
These rain-fed, hardy grains can survive even in drought and less fertile soil making them perfect for both human and livestock consumption.
Millets found in India are divided into two broad categories: Naked grains and Husked grains.
Naked grains include the three popular millets- Ragi, Jowar, and Bajra. These do not have hard, indigestible husks and hence require no processing after harvest.
Owing to this quality of the naked grain, they are very popular in India. Because of their wide cultivation, they have also come to be known as major grains.
Husked grains, on the other hand, have an indigestible seed coat that needs to be removed before consumption.
The most used husked grains include foxtail millet (Navane), little millet (Saame), and Kodo millet (Haarka).