Amongst the vast list of the gifts of nature, lie these underutilized miraculous millets which for some reason have still not taken their dominant place on the shelves of our local grocery stores. It’s the need of the hour to look beyond the conventional and most familiar wheat and rice and bring changes in our diet for good. The Siridhanya Millets are the miracle millets that not only heal an ailment but also keeps it at bay.
Thanks to the ‘Millet Man of India’ from Mysuru Dr. Khadar Wali to introduce these little nutritious gems into our life and also to make sure that the knowledge of each of these Siridhanya millets reaches us through his various interviews and articles. You must have heard of sorghum (jowar) pearl (bajra), finger (ragi) maize, and porso millets. These are termed as neutral grains for being highly nutritious but do not exhibit any healing properties. Whereas the not so familiar but much acclaimed Siridhanya millets namely foxtail (kangni), little (kutki) barnyard (sangha), browntop (hari kangni), and kodo (kodra) are our healing millets that possess the ability to cure the common lifestyle disorders.
This uniqueness is attributed to Siridhanya millets because of the fact that the ratio of carbohydrate to fibre in them is less than 10. Moreover they have a low GI, a good amount of soluble fibre, and essential proteins which makes them ideal to not only heal but also sustain a healthy body. Apart from being the richest source of fibre, Siridhanya millets are a complete nutritional package filled with minerals and vitamins.
Have a look at the healing properties of each of these:
|Siridhanya millet||Healing properties|
|Foxtail||Nerves and joints, Parkinsons, Diabetes.|
|Kodo||Blood purifier, High Cholesterol, Heart blocks, Kidney problems, Anemia, Allergies, Cleans the bone marrow.|
|Little||Hormonal imbalance, Reproductive organs, Thyroid disorders.|
|Barnyard||Liver and Bladder related problems like hepatitis, jaundice and also helps to deal with alcohol and nicotine deaddiction.|
|Browntop||Nerves and joints, GIT ailments, Anti-cancerous, Skin Problems.|
While using these millets in your meals some protocols need to be followed:
- Never cook two Siridhanya millet in combination. The rule is, one millet at a time
- Soak the millets 6 to 8hrs prior to cooking . This will make sure the fibre is easily digested.
- An earthen vessel is mostly preferred to cook the Siridhanya millets.
- Make sure you buy the unpolished variety.
- Pure Ghee imparts a perfect flavor and texture to your one-pot meal, khichdi, millet upma dosa, or any other dish, eat it as you wish.
With its countless health benefits and miraculous healing properties, Siridhanya millets leave us with no reason to ignore them anymore. Since these are not widely used unlike the conventional grains, you need to invest a little effort to procure them. Like buying online or hunting on the shelves of a supermarket. But believe me, it’s worth the effort because finally, you are investing in your health. And if you still have any doubts to introduce them to your diet, then I would say that a good change in lifestyle causes no harm. Moreover, diversity is what makes us exclusive. So eat smart and spice up your life.
The writer of this article Zehra Aliakbar is a guest author at Infano. She is a nutritionist who blogs at https://the3gsofnutrition.wordpress.com/