Rich source of calcium
Finger millet contains thrice the amount of calcium as milk1 and almost 8 times the amount found in other cereals3. Bioavailability of calcium from meals prepared from finger millet is higher than from other wheat- and sorghum-based meals2.
Suitable weaning food for children
- Shobana et al. (2013) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23522794
- Bhavyashree SH, Jamuna Prakash, Kalpana Platel, Srinivasan K. Bioaccessibility of minerals from cereal-based composite meals and ready-to-eat foods. J Food Sci Technol, 46(5), 431-435.
- Pradhan A, Nag SK and Patil SK. 2010. Dietary management of finger millet (Eleusine coracana
Gaerth) controls diabetes. Current Science. 25:62-65.
Uses of Finger millet
Finger millet is a popular weaning food. Porridge made from sprouted and malted finger millet flour has been traditionally used as a weaning food from 6 months of age. It is ideal as baby food because of its high-level of calcium and protein. In India, organic finger millet flour and ready-to-eat finger millet blends are commonly available in the market for preparing baby food.
Finger millet grains are used primarily in the production of traditional alcoholic beverages in India and Africa. Some of the local brews which uses finger millet as the raw material are listed below:
|Chikokivana||Finger-millet based alcoholic beverage made in Zimbabwe|
|Doro||A colloidal, thick, alcoholic drink made from finger millet in Zimbabwe|
|Merissa||A popular finger millet based alcoholic drink in Sudan|
|Chaang||A traditional alcoholic-beverage prepared from finger millet and consumed widely in Nepal and North Eastern India.|
|Pombe||Traditional beer produced from finger millet in Tanzania|
|Jand||A traditional alcoholic beverage in Nepal prepared by fermenting Finger Millet|
|Mbege||Produced with banana juice and finger millet in northern Tanzania|
|Cipumu||An alcoholic beverage produced from finger millet by members of the Bemba ethnic group in northeastern Zambia|
|Kimpumu||An alcoholic beverage produced from finger millet in southern Tanzania|