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July 15, 2014

Millet - Types Of Millets, Health Benefits, Glossary(Kambu, Thinai, Saamai, Varagu, Kuthiraivali, Ragi)

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Different types of millets
Different types of millets in India
Today's post is about different types of millets (Siruthaniyam vagaigal in Tamil) varieties, its health benefits, nutritional information/calories for millets and its names in different languages like English, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada that are available in India. I must thank my in-laws for giving me knowledge about these millets (Siruthaniyam in Tamil). Nowadays people are becoming more and more health conscious. We all started looking for some better alternatives for rice and wheat to reduce its daily consumption. For those people, millets are really wonder grains or miracle grains I should say.

Millets are the power house of fiber, calcium, minerals & Iron. When my in-laws told me about these millets I had no idea of how it looks, where to buy & how to cook them too. So my FIL bought me 1/2 kg in each variety from Lee bazaar, Salem – Tamil nadu. I tried some recipes with it and everything came out very well. Then I started buying some varieties like kambu, thinai & varagu from a shop nearby my house in Bangalore.

Before sharing all those recipes, I wanted to make a post mentioning about the different types of millets, How to identify them, How to name it in different languages, where to buy & its health benefits . I will make a separate post on “How to cook Millets”. This post would be more of essays/stories with pictures. This is just an introductory post for millets. I will share some interesting recipes from next week. Thanks for visiting this page. Hope it would be useful for beginners. Start including millets in your daily cooking. Have a happy and healthy life !

U can find these topics below

What is millet

Names of millets in different languages

Where to buy millets in Bangalore

Health benefits of millets

Foxtail millet

Pearl millet

Barnyard millet

Little millet

Finger millet

Kodo millet


Disclaimer : All the nutritional information given here is from a millet book and www.milletindia.org

Check out my "HOW TO COOK MILLETS" in 3 different ways if interested !


Also see my varieties of  MILLET RECIPES to include in your regular cooking. 

Check out my MILLET POWDER / SATHUMAAVU  and MILLET LADOO RECIPE

Millets in India
Millet varieties in India

WHAT ARE MILLETS

Millets are a group of highly variable small-seeded grasses, widely grown around the world as cereal crops or grains for both human food and fodder. Its not just a type of bird seed. It can be consumed by humans in the form of pilafs,snacks and cookies too. It has a sweet nutty flavor. Millets are widely grown in Africa and Northen China. It is gluten free & rich in calcium, fiber, protein and minerals. It has high nutritional values when compared with rice and wheat. Millets are called as miracle grains or wonder grains. It is a great food for people looking for weight loss, diabetic and cardiac patients.


Should anyone avoid eating it?

People with thyroid problems avoid eating millet on a daily basis as it is believed to contain some goitrogen properties. Some people may also experience indigestion. So consume in moderation. 

Source : Wikipedia



GLOSSARY- NAMES OF MILLETS IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Source: Google and Wikipedia

MILLETS NAME IN TAMIL

English Tamil
Finger Millet Kezhvaragu
Kodo Millet Varagu
Foxtail Millet Thinai
Little Millet Samai
Barnyard Millet Kuthiravali
Pearl Millet Kambu
Sorghum Cholam

MILLETS NAME IN HINDI

English Hindi
Finger Millet Nachani /mundua
Kodo Millet Koden/Kodra
Foxtail Millet Kangni/Rala
Little Millet Kutki
Barnyard Millet Jhangora
Pearl Millet Bajra
Sorghum Jowar

MILLETS NAME IN TELUGU

English Telugu
Finger Millet Ragula
Kodo Millet Arikelu
Foxtail Millet Korra
Little Millet Sama
Barnyard Millet Odalu
Pearl Millet Sajjalu
Sorghum Jonna

MILLETS NAMES IN KANNADA

English Kannada
Finger Millet Ragi
Kodo Millet Harka
Foxtail Millet Navane
Little Millet Saame
Barnyard Millet Oodalu
Pearl Millet Sajje
Sorghum Jola

MILLETS NAMES IN MALYALAM

English Malayalam
Finger Millet Panji pullu
Kodo Millet Koovaragu
Foxtail Millet Thina
Little Millet Chama
Barnyard Millet Kavadapullu
Pearl Millet Kambam
Sorghum Cholam



WHERE TO BUY MILLETS IN BANGALORE

You can find millets in most of the organic stores and departmental stores like Big bazaar, Metro cash and carry, Nilgiris in metro cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

There are some other shops who supply millets from farmers to the end users. Here is the list.

For more details on organic stores in Bangalore, visit this link and this link
 
Earth360www.earth360.in, order@360.in +919440870875

Sahaja OrganicsNew No. 19, Old No. 665, 1st floor, Opp: Times of India, Sajjanrao road, VV Puram 080 26612315/ 26661420

Timbuktu OrganicsYou can buy their products across outlets in Bangalore.

Era Organics – No. 348, Dollars Colony, RMV Club Double Road, RMV Second Stage Ph: 80- 41606003/41606004

Navadarshanam, stocked in Mother Earth, Namdhari and other retail stores across the city.

Nativefoodstore for Chennai people and online purchase. 

Nowadays Millets are widely available in all over India. You can find in big departmental stores like Dmart, Metro cash n carry, Big bazaar, Nilgiris etc or in online like big basket, Amazon.in etc.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF MILLETS

These are some of the general health benefits of millets when consumed everyday!

Source: Whfoods.com
  • Millets are generally rich in Protein,fibre,calcium,Iron & Minerals especially Magnesium,copper & phosphorous.
  • It helps to reduce cholesterol, lowers blood pressure. It helps in the development, repair of body cells and tissues.
  • It helps to lower the risk of Type 2 Diabetes especially for women.
  • Its high insoluble fibre helps to prevent Gallstones formation.
  • Pre-menopausal women eating millets have a reduced breast cancer risk.
How to select and buy

Millet is generally available in its hulled and whole-grain form. It is available in pre-packaged as well as in bulk containers. Just as with any other food that you may purchase in the bulk section, make sure that the bins containing the millet are covered to ensure its maximal freshness. Whether purchasing millet in bulk or in a packaged container, make sure that there is no evidence of moisture.
Store millet in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place, where it will keep for several months.
Millet is not a commonly allergenic food and is not known to contain measurable amounts of oxalates or purines.

Check out my "HOW TO COOK MILLETS" in 3 different ways if interested !

Check out my Millet Energy mix powder / Millet sathumaavu too. 

KAMBU/PEARL MILLET


Pearl millet /kambu
Kambu/Pearl millet

Pearl millet known as Kambu in Tamil, Bajra in Hindi, Sajje in Kannada, Sajjalu in Telugu and Kambam in Malayalam is a miracle millet which has iron that is 8 times of rice. It is very rich in Calcium, Protein, Iron and Magnesium. It helps to reduce the bad cholestral level in our body. Its a great body coolant. Its consumed as porridge during summer. It helps to improve the digestion power & heals stomach ulcers too. It helps to improve bowel movements and prevents constipation. It makes our body strong. It helps to increase the secretion of milk for lactating mothers !
Nutrition Information Per 100gm




Serving Size The serving size, in terms of the number of volume or mass
Calories 378kcal for 100gm


Minerals (grams) 2.3
Iron(mg) 16.9
Calcium (mg) 38
Protein (grams) 10.6
Fiber (grams)

1.3

Check out my Kambu recipes to make kids eat them.




FINGER MILLET/RAGI

Finger millet popularly known as Ragi in Kannada, Keppai in tamil, Ragula in Telugu & panji pullu in Malayalam, Nachani/mandua in Hindi is a well known millet & consumed widely by the people all over the world.Ragi has the highest mineral & calcium content when compared to all whole grains & minerals. It is called as wonder grain. It is a powerhouse of protein & amino acids. It helps to reduce the heat of the body. It also helps to heal ulcers & anemia. Its a great replacement for rice & wheat especially for diabetic patients.

Nutrition Information for 100gm



Serving Size The serving size, in terms of the number of volume or mass


Iron (mg) 3.9
Calcium(mg) 344
Fat (grams) 8.4
Protein (grams) 7.3
Fiber (grams) 3.6
Minerals (grams) 2.7

Check out my various RAGI RECIPES too !

FOXTAIL MILLET/THINAI

foxtail millet- thinai
Foxtail millet/ thinai

Foxtail millet known as thinai in Tamil, Kangni/Rala in Hindi, Navane in Kannada, Korra in telugu and thina in Malayalam is first of millet varities that was used in ancient days. Foxtail millet is high in carbohydrates. It is rich in dietry fiber and minerals such as Copper and Iron. It helps us to keep our body strong and immune. It helps to control blood sugar and cholesteral levels.

Nutrition Information for 100gm




Serving Size The serving size, in terms of the number of volume or mass
Calories 364
Minerals(grams) 3.3
Iron(g) 2.8
Calcium (Milli grams) 31
Fat (grams)4.3
Protein (grams) 12.3
Fiber (grams) 8


Check out my 

THINAI IDLI RECIPE



KODO MILLET/VARAGU


KODO MILLET
Kodo millet/ Varagu

Kodo millet known as varagu in Tamil, Harka in Kannada, Koovaragu in Malayalam, Kodra in Hindi and Arikelu in Telugu. Its basically a digestion friendly millet. It is rich in phytochemicals, Phytate that helps in reduction of cancer risks. It helps to reduce the body weight which is most needed for obese people. It helps to overcome irregular period problems in women. It helps to reduce knee & joint pains. Also it is good for diabetic people. It reduces nervous disorders especially in eyes.

Nutrition Information Per 100gms




Serving Size The serving size, in terms of the number of volume or mass
Calories 309
Fat (grams) 2.2
Iron (mg) 0.8
Calcium (milligrams) 14
Minerals(grams) 1.9
Protein (grams) 12.5
Fiber (grams) 2.2

Check out my


BARNYARD MILLET/KUTHIRAIVALI


BARNYARD MILLET
Barnyard millet - Kuthiravali

Barnyard millet known as kuthiraivali in Tamil, Oodalu in Kannada, odalu in Telugu, Jhangora in Hindi and Kavadapullu in Malayalam which has 6 times high fiber content when compared with wheat. Its a gluten free millet with high calcium, phosporous & fiber. It is high in carbohydates & fat too. It helps to maintain the body temperature. It acts as a good anti oxidant too.

Nutrition Information Per 100gms




Serving Size The serving size, in terms of the number of volume or mass
Calories 342
Iron(mg) 15.2
Fat (grams) 4
Calcium(Milli grams) 11
Protein (grams) 11.2
Fiber (grams) 10.1
Minerals(grams) 4.4

Check out my 


LITTLE MILLET/SAMAI


Little millet - Saamai
Little millet - Saamai

Little millet known as saamai in Tamil, Kutki in Hindi, Saame in Kannada,Sama in Telugu & chama in Malayalam is a wonderful millet which is suitable for people of all age groups. It helps to prevent constipation & heals all the problems related to stomach. It improves the semen counts of men. It also helps for women with irregular periods problems. Its high fiber helps to reduce the fat depositions in the body.

Nutrition Information Per 100gms




Serving Size The serving size, in terms of the number of volume or mass
Calories 207
Minerals(grams) 1.5
Protein (grams) 7.7
Fiber (grams) 7.6
Iron(mg)
Calcium(mg)
9.3
17

You may like to see

 SAMAI BIRYANI

SAMAI SWEET PONGAL

Check out my "HOW TO COOK MILLETS" in 3 different ways if interested !

Also see my varieties of MILLET RECIPES to include in your regular cooking.

Check out my Millet Energy mix powder / Millet sathumaavu  and a sweet ladoo recipe with millet powder. 





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151 comments :

Unknown said...

I known abt tis millets but share few recipe if u know

Chitra said...

Yes i will share some recipes from next week.This is just a intro post :)

Unknown said...

I need recipe on foxtail millets.

Unknown said...

Thanku

Chitra said...

Sure, i will share :)

great-secret-of-life said...

I was planning to do this article also.. nice post very useful too

Usha said...

Chitra, Thanks for the the detail post on Millets with beautiful close up images. We get almost all millets here..recent surprise find was chinese red sorghum that is wonderful to use in mix millets soups.

Chitra said...

Red sorghum is new to me. One sad thing is we don't get all these millets everywhere.we get only in fews shops :( .tats the only difficulty .

GEETHA ACHAL said...

Nice post...I too had taken pictures to write a post for millets...Yours very informative...Thanks....

chow and chatter said...

great info always wondered what ragi was mum in law often has for breakfast

Sarah said...

this is such an informative post!! Thanks... i never realised all these were millets until now...

Rafeeda AR said...

such an informative post!!! I have never cooked with any millet, umma only uses ragi in powder format, nothing else... really interested in including it as a part of my diet... would come back to refer here when required... :)

Gita Jaishankar said...

Good one Chitra, very useful info...thanks for sharing :)

Kurinji said...

informative post...

Unknown said...

very useful post.. in this i dont know 2 types of millet.. will stay tuned for ur recipes..

nandoos kitchen said...

very useful post dear.

Quickstop said...

Thank you, Chitra. There is a School of Thought that Ragi is not good for high Blood-Pressure patients. Is it true?

Chitra said...

As far as i know,Ragi is very good for diabetic and BP patients.I found this result from here :Reduces the risk of stroke – In its early stages of growth, that is, when it is still green, ragi can help prevent high blood pressure. The cholesterol levels in blood can be regulated too, leading to less plaque formation and blockage of vessels. As a result the risk for hypertension and stroke goes down significantly. Source : http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/did-you-know-these-10-health-benefits-of-ragi-or-nachni/

Kingsley Ratnasingham said...

Superbly composed & presented. Very professional. My best wishes for your effort. Chitra, how can I get these millet across to this part of the world- UK. I have been really hunting in the recent past for Horse Gram - Kollu in Tami,l to no avail. The shopkeepers, though Indians, do not semm to have heard of it,ever. A Malabari - Kerala shop owner knew the millet but did not have in stock. I need to find a mechanism to get these millet to Europe, in small quantities, and make it known to those interested. Any suggestion, be my guest.

Chitra said...

Thanks for your sweet words.There are some organic websites which sell these millets.U can enquire whether they deliver products to UK.I will ask my frnds for help.Thanks.

R.Karthikeyan said...

I am from kallakurichy-606202 Tamil nadu nd intrested to supply these millets from my area if intrested pls mail to aarkey!710@yahoo.co.in

R.Karthikeyan said...

may i know the quantity of kollu required to be sent

Chitra said...

Thank u Sir.I will give ur mail id to my friends. please mail me the details about the price n method of delivery. Hope u can deliver all over the world

Sujala said...

Hi Chitra! Could you please email me at sujala.d@gmail.com? I have a few questions and I guess you might be the right person to start with in search of some answers. Would be much appreciated. Thanks!!

Chitra said...

Hi , I have mailed u.Pls chk it :)

ragi is good said...

Rxtremely useful, can these types be toasted n mixed n then ground together to be consumed with milk

Chitra said...

Yes of course.U can .Please check my post on "Millet energy mix powder".http://www.chitrasfoodbook.com/2014/09/millet-energy-mix-powder-recipesathu.html

AKS EXIM INDIA said...

Dear Madam

kindly advice what is yellow millet. And what it is called in tamil

And we are looking for huge quantity.

With regds
Anbazhagan.J

Prabhu said...

Hi, The info on the millets are so useful, and I would like to know Glycemic index also.

Chitra said...

Yellow millet must be foxtail millet.It is called as Thinai in tamil. U can get in organic stores.

Chitra said...

I will try to find out & update this post.

Unknown said...

Thanks a lot fr yur info chitra..I knw only 3 millets...amazed abt it

Unknown said...

Thanks a lot fr yur info chitra...I knw only 3 millets ...amazed abt it

Chitra said...

Thank u :)

Unknown said...

very useful and informative post. thanks a lot...

Unknown said...

For Millets in Singapore.. http://www.bhairavinaturals.sg/

renu said...

Hey Chitra, thank you for such an informative piece of post. I was searching some alkaline cereals with their pics and Hindi names and i found here. would you please share some alkaline Indian recipes sometimes soon.

Chitra said...

Thank u.I will try to make it.

Unknown said...

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pearls millet(kambu arisi)

LIJI SATHISH said...

thank you so much Chitra...but I actually get confused with kuthiravaali ,varagu and saamai..could u pls tell me how to identify them

Chitra said...

Yes its difficult to identify but if u buy them regularly,u will come to know.Kuthiravali has light yellow color when compared with the other two.The size of varagu would be slightly bigger than saamai.But its always better to keep them in a labeled covers.I do that usually :)

Unknown said...

Wow, great information here Chitra. Thank you. Highly appreciate you passing on the knowledge to rest of us and thanks to your in-laws as well.

Chitra said...

Thank you :)

MADHAN said...

very informative

Shrini Kulkarni said...

Hi Chitra - I was looking for difference between Millet and Grains and come across your site. You are doing a great job. Please keep it up. You should do a newsletter kind of thing that sums up all your posts and what you are doing in this area and publish once a month. Let your blog readers subscribe to that.

What do you think is difference between millets and grains?

Ilakkiaraj said...

Good post Ma'm.. Keep up the good work.. I have a doubt though... ithellam saapda taste-a irukkatha?? Or am I cooking it in a wrong way?? or is it like, if you want to eat healthy, you must sacrifice all the tastes??

Chitra said...

Hello,Thanks.Its definitely not tasty like rice.But still we can make some recipes like millet idli,dosa & upma varieties that tastes equal to our normal food :) Please check my millet recipes list.U can find some choice for you : http://www.chitrasfoodbook.com/p/millet-recipes.html

Ilakkiaraj said...

Thanks a lot for the reply ma'm..!! have already checked out ur recipes... yet to try them..

Solomon said...

Chitra can you tell me whether high Carbohydrate (grams) 108 in Barnyard millet known as kuthiravali is good for diabetics patient, usually we avoid Rice because it has more Carbohydrate

Solomon said...

Madam Chitra , when I was just 12 yrs old, my father ex-army officer lost all his retirement benefits as he was cheated after he returned to south by friends and relatives. However my mother stayed back with us and we were not having much for our expenses as all the 3 of us were going to Kendriya Vidayalaya.

We were eyesore for many as they used to comment "these people dont have money for food but are studying in convent" At that time I discovered Barnyard millet known as kuthiravali - I was able to get 8 padi - 22 KGs for 1 rupee [1969] whereas nice Rice was sold between Rs 2.00 to 4.00 a KG.

We ate Barnyard millet known as kuthiravali for many years as it was just like Rice and you can prepare all the required dishes that was prepare from Rice

I love the taste of this millet

Only now I am not able to buy this in Bulk as its sold for Rs 90.00 a KG and Rice and Wheat are available half the price of Barnyard millet

How surprising

Chitra said...

Hello,Even though it has high carbohydrate,it is rich in fiber too.So its considered to be good fo diabetics.I browsed through the reasons and found this.Thanks for asking this question.Now i too came to know :)

Chitra said...

Yes sir.You are right about the cost.Earlier people were not aware of its health benefits.So its price was less.Now tables turned and Millets are in high demand.So price also went high :)

Chitra said...

Hi,Thanks for your sweet words.Please check this link.You can get some ideas about the difference: http://www.medindia.net/patients/lifestyleandwellness/magical-millets-for-your-health-wheat-and-rice.html

Adithya said...

Hi Chitra, If you're based in Bangalore, you'll be pleased to know that millets can be ordered online at http://kaulige.com. They even have home delivery option. Check it out.

Chitra said...

Thank u so much for sharing this info.I was looking for an online store in Bangalore.This is really helpful :)

bharaneems said...

East ham in London where you will many Tamil people and their shops there. You can even get sweet bida

sankaran ramani said...

So educative. We eat only these millets. Nourishing, and filling. We can make any dish that are cooked with rice.

Pravin said...

Hi Chitra , This is mind blowing post and a great treasure for the people in our generation as our parents forgot to transfer these knowledge from their forefathers. This information would definitely useful for folks with health consious. Thank a lot and pls keep up the good work.As some one previously posted that you are surely eligible to run a monthly news letter.I agree with it.Please expand your thoughts and still you are capable of reaching higher hights in this . God bless you .

Chitra said...

Thanks a lot for your encouraging words. I will try to add more recipes using millets :)

Chitra said...

Thanks a lot for your encouraging words. I will try to add more recipes using millets :)

Dr. Rajeshwari said...

Thanks a lot for the encouraging and informative post. Just now made khichdi with barnyard millet. Came out really well, tasty and filling.

Unknown said...

Hi , terrific information. I have bought foxtail millet assuming that it will be BHAGAR used for fasting. However thanks as such I was able to gather so much of good awareness. Request if you can share recepie for foxtail millet?

Unknown said...

Hi , terrific information. I came to know about foxtail millet in detail. Request to share pls receipies for foxtail millet.

Chitra said...

Thank you :)

Chitra said...

Thank you.Please check this link to view my millet recipes : http://www.chitrasfoodbook.com/p/millet-recipes.html

Unknown said...

Hi - 38 grams of calcium per 100 grams of Kambu and 31 grams of calcium per 100 grams of foxtail millet can't be right. These levels can be extremely harmful for the body.

Devi said...

Mam can we have all millets while trying to conceive mam during pregnant time..please let me know mam..I'm vegetarian so I like to add instead of rice not wheat for nutrition value

Chitra said...

Hi,You can have moderate quantity.May be twice in a week.

Unknown said...

Mam u have given excellent info.I have used Ragi d kambu bt that to rarely.after reading this I wish to use it regulates.I'm suffering from irregular periods.I have 2 kids.I wish to make them strong.so definitely try to use millets.I wish to c all ur recipes mam.awaiting fr ur posts mam.

Unknown said...

Mam u have given excellent info.I have used Ragi d kambu bt that to rarely.after reading this I wish to use it regulates.I'm suffering from irregular periods.I have 2 kids.I wish to make them strong.so definitely try to use millets.I wish to c all ur recipes mam.awaiting fr ur posts mam.

Chitra said...

Hi Shobana,Thanks.Yes,you can include millets in ur diet for a healthy lifestyle.Practice ur kids too.I have shared many millet recipes already.Please check the menu tabs.Thanks :)

Tomy said...

Hi Chitra, I got 25kg Each Saamai and Varagu. how can I keep this without effecting any insects or fungus (chellu).

Chitra said...

Hi,I am not sure about this but i am sharing a tip we follow for storing rice.Take some dried neem leaves,wrap in a paper and put it inside the container.I guess it would stay good.But use the millets asap.If possible,spread the millets in a tray and keep it under the sun once in a month.

Unknown said...

Very useful information Chitra Ji...Please help me on a suitable millet or combination with details how to use it for Rheumatoid Arthritis patient. I was told that Kodu, foxtail and Little Millet (combination I dont know) will drastically reduce the disease and give relief.. Please help.. My email Id is : sjingade@gmail.com. Sathyanarayana K.J. Bangalore.

Chitra said...

Hello sir, thanks.Regarding millets, you can roast n grind the above said millets in equal quantities, powder them in a mill n store it for months.we can make dosa or porridge with this flour. Its very similar to health mix.other than this u can consume these 3 millets as idli dosa, pongal,uppittu or even cooked as rice for lunch.But please consume in limited quantity say twice or thrice a week.Please refer my millet recipes page in menu tab for more ideas.thanks

Chitra said...

Millets can be taken as a food more than a medicine. So iam not sure abt rheumatoid treatment using millets.

Thirunavukkarasu Sivasubramaniam said...

If possible include ORAC values of these millet. For example Cholam is in top 20 list of highest ORAC value.

Chitra said...

Thanks for the suggestion.This term is new to me.Will look for it.

vishwaravi said...

Very nice and useful information. We are using it since one year of all varieties .Also make dosa batter using this .it's good . All varieties of dish which we make with rice ,we make in this and is very tasty .In fact we feel light in stomach and not the heavy feeling which is felt in rice . Only thing we are still not able to get the proper water proportion and avoid it becoming solid after sometime .can you please tell me what is Sunaina in food means ?? .what kind of a food variety it is ? Let me also know where I can get a direct supplier of these varieties , as the grocery stores are selling it at a premium price .!!

Chitra said...

Hello,Thanks for sharing your experience.Usually milltes need 1:2.5 cups of water. Add a tsp of oil while cooking.It may take up to 3 cups.It will look mushy when hot but when you fluff it with a fork carefully and spread in a plate,it will stay separate and avoid becoming solid.I have tried for millet suppliers but they sell only in bulk around 25kgs.You can try buying them in wholesale grocery markets in your place where u may get little cheaper than stores.I am not sure about Sunaina but i din't get any.Sorry..

Sanjay said...

Thank you for taking the pain to list each millet with its composition. We have been using Millets since a month and we feel good so far. We are getting creative by the day and are coming up with variety of recipes.

Unknown said...

Thank you Ma'm. Just the info I was looking for.

Unknown said...

Hi Chitra,
Excellent post. I would appreciate if you could email me a recipe for Kambu thosai and Kudiravali uppuma. my email address is sjsiva@gmail.com

Chitra said...

Thanks.Here is the link for dosa & upma.I have mailed the same.
Dosa : http://www.chitrasfoodbook.com/2014/11/kambu-dosai-bajra-dosa-pearl-millet.html
Upma : http://www.chitrasfoodbook.com/2015/03/kuthiravali-upma-recipebarnyard-millet.html

k.sb said...

Thank you so much for your informative post.
Can we mix the millets and use them to make dosa and adai

k.sb said...

Thanks for the informative post
Can i mix the millets and use

Chitra said...

yes you can use. I have posted a mixed millets powder recipe.Here is the link : http://www.chitrasfoodbook.com/2014/09/millet-energy-mix-powder-recipesathu.html

Unknown said...

Iam a millet grower from karnataka. We have kodo millet ,foxtail millet,barnyard millet and pearl millet. Contact me on 9845098698 mr.dev

Unknown said...

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It is purely homemade, no side effects, I used in this more than 25 products.

I saw the content in your blog, most of them wants bulk (like working peoples), I am prepare myself and sale this for 2012 itself.

I am from Salem.

If anyone asking you bulk means please refer me.

For more details msg me
mail id : laavanyaa27@gmail.com

Thanks in advance
Lavannyakarhtick

Chitra said...

Thanks for the info Lavanya.I will refer you 😊

Unknown said...

Thank you for this important information.

I recently bought 2 kinds of millet in an Asian store, one called 'Glutinous Indian Millet' (looks very much like red sorghum), and another -- 'Glutinous Millet' (tiny round green-yellow seeds, like mustard). I'm trying to find out what species they are. All sources say that millets are gluten-free. I'd appreciate any help.

Unknown said...

Thank you for this important information.

I recently bought 2 kinds of millet in an Asian store, one called 'Glutinous Indian Millet' (looks very much like red sorghum), and another -- 'Glutinous Millet' (tiny round green-yellow seeds, like mustard). I'm trying to find out what species they are. All sources say that millets are gluten-free. I'd appreciate any help.

Chitra said...

I think red ones must be pearl millet and yellow ones are foxtail millets.thank you 😊

Nirnaami said...

Thank you very much for this detailed post.

saquib said...

thanks Maam for the informative article

Unknown said...

Hi Chitra thanks for ur information, l hearc abt millets bt not this much detail, l will feed these in house
thans

janardhana
ch hills
mysore

Unknown said...

Thanks a lot chitra....

Chitra said...

Thank you !

Chitra said...

Yes Iron & Calcium are in Milligrams. Its a typo.Thanks for pointing out.

ஜெயஸ்ரீ ஷங்கர் said...

Chithra Mam,
i am very much impressed the way you arranged the lovely millets. Me too supplying all the quality millets to the needy. Anyone interested kindly
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Unknown said...

Hi it is very interesting to know the useful of millets. I saw the awareness program on millets conducted by Dr. Kadar and found amazing. Based on this I bought navane, harka, saame and sujje. I have used sajje for making rotti, navane for dosa and harka for rice. It is found to be very tasty. But when we used harka as rice for two days, all the 3 members in the family had indigestion. Then we stopped harka for two days and used normal rice. We found no problem on health. Again 3rd day we used harka, found same issue repeated. But it is not happened in other millets which was used. Please can you tell us what would be the reason for indigestion? Are we making any mistake in cooking? Please suggest.

Chitra said...

Hi Lakshmi,
Millets are good for health. But it should be consumed moderately. Basically Harka takes more time to digest. Its good for diabetic people as it digest slowly and keeps us filling. I think the problem is with continuous consumption for 2 days. Its enough if you include millets twice or thrice in a week and that too varieties, not the same millet.Just try using harka once in a week and see how it works for you. Thanks :)

Unknown said...

Hi Chitra,
Thanks for your valuable suggestion. When I heard from Dr.Kadar's seminor in youtube, he mentioned that replacement of rice and wheat are these millets. He suggested to use in every day food in place of rice. Let us try out as you have suggested now.

Thanks.

Unknown said...

Richmillet offers Millets in Hyderabad and different types of recipes which are highly nutritional benefited to health.

Unknown said...

please confirm the availability of BARNYARD MILLET/KUTHIRAVALI

Unknown said...

Hi this is thulasi I am following killet diet.i am using all millrts u mentioned above breakfast is pearl millet, sorghum, foxtail dosas lunch is little millet and so on rice dimmer is wheat roti.is this diet causes any side effect??? I do noy havr any thyroid complaint.

Chitra said...

Hi, You can continue. Make sure you don't have any indigestion issues too. Sometimes millet may cause it. Thanks

Unknown said...

Hi Chitra,

Thanks for the wonderful info. I live in US and can't find most of the millets here. I only find Bajra, ragi, jowar, saamo, kodra. Can you please tell me where I can find other millets?
Thanks

Chitra said...

Hi, I am not sure in US. Please chck Indian stores and Amazon. I will enquire my friends over there and update it. Thanks.

Meena said...

Hi Chitra,

It is a nice post to know about Millets. Great information with calories. I am pregnant (32 weeks) and got gestational diabetes. Can i give a try of saamai, varagu and kuthiraivali?
Many thanks

Unknown said...

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Unknown said...

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Unknown said...

Hi Chaitra,

I am 33 & my both parents are diabetic. I am on boarder line so wanted to know which millets should i consume & how much & how many times?

Chitra said...

Hello,
As far as I know,Foxtail millet and Kodo millet can be consumed by diabetic patients in moderate quantity. Its better to have it twice a week as over consumption may lead to imbalanced thyroid levels. I am not a nutritionist or a Doctor. I have shared this based on my knowledge and from the articles I came across. Please consult with your doctor for the best suggestion. Thanks !

Unknown said...

Thanks Chitra for the info. I will consult doctor & follow accordingly.

bharathy said...

Hi chitra nice info abt millets...can we do regular baking with millets..can we use jowar(sorghum)flour for baking?share some baking recipes please

Chitra said...

Thank you :)I am not sure about cakes.But I have seen biscuits using millets. Even I have shared Ragi + Oats biscuits in my space.Jowar cake and cookies can be prepared with the flour. I will try some recipes and share here for sure.

Chitra said...

Sure, thanks !

Akil Ravi said...

Hi Madam, Is 'Naattu kambu' available in bangalore?

Chitra said...

There is an organic store in Jayangar. You can check there.

Unknown said...

Hi this Madhavi I'll prepare different types of millet dish,snacks and we use organic ingredients and prepare the snacks with eco friendly packaging.....

seema said...

I get a cold whenever I have ragi porridge. Same with mixed millet and moong dal khitchdi. How do I prevent this.

Chitra said...

Sorry, I am not sure. Please consult your Doctor. Basically Ragi and mixed millets make the body cool. So the coolant effect may lead to cold. Pls chck with your Doc. Thanks.

Unknown said...

Hi, Can i have raw kambu just like that, without roasting or preparing any recipe.

Thanks in advance

Chitra said...

Sorry, I am not sure about this.

Unknown said...

Can i give millet for babies

Chitra said...

Sorry Iam not sure about it. Please consult your pediatrician.

Adv. Baburaj Palladan said...

The photographs displayed here are of polished millets. The original colour of millets is entirely different from the one shown here. Please try to replace them with originals. Adv. P P Baburaj, Mysore.

Chitra said...

Hello Sir, I have shared the pictures of millets that are widely available in the market. If you have the pictures of unpolished ones, please mail me. I will include them with due credits to you. Thanks.

Unknown said...

Please let me know the name of Brown top millet name in Tamil,as it was called Andu korralu in telugu

Feba said...

Is this Miller's available in keral..any idea..tx a lot

Feba said...

All these types available in kerala/in Muscat.

Chitra said...

Yes it must be available in all organic stores and big departmental stores.

Chitra said...

Sorry I am not sure about it.

Unknown said...

IS RAGI CALLED AS GREEN MILLET?//

Chitra said...

Sorry I am not sure about it.

Unknown said...

we are also manufacturing millets from direct farms house
Akshaa Foods Corporation
# 318, PH Road
8th Floor EGA TRADE CENTRE
Kilpauk , Chennai – 600010
Mobile : 98843 12829 / 98843 92829 / 044 – 26424409

Chitra said...

Thank you for sharing.

Unknown said...



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Thanks & Regards
Sugi Nair - S
Akshaa Foods Corporation
318 PH Road, 8th Floor EGA Trade Centre
Kilpauk , Chennai - 600010
Phone : 98843 - 12829 ,98843 92829 , 044 26424409

Srivalli said...

Great info madam ! But i have a doubt if we could mix more than one variety of these millets and cook

Chitra said...

Thank you. I think it's not bad. I have tried this way.

Unknown said...

A lovely post. Great basic knowledge for people who are beginning to eat the millets. Thank you for sharing. My mom has made a coarse mixture of all these millets mixed together along with kollu, black jeera, corn, barley, bamboo rice, mapilla samba. I cook 1 cup of this mixture as a porridge and eat them instead of white rice or chappati. I feel amazing.

Unknown said...

Thank you sharing. A lovely info. My mom has made a mixture of these with few other grains. I make them as a porridge and eat for my lunch instead of white rice and rotis. it feels amazing.

Chitra said...

Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. I will try sometime 😊

Casanovas said...

Hi sissy i want rice variety all example ponni, mapilai samba, poonkar like ti's anyone know please tel me

Casanovas said...

I want rice details can anyone update me

Casanovas said...

I want rice details can anyone update me

Chitra said...

Hi I will try to make a post for it. Thanks

geo said...

really wonderful info

Unknown said...

In ten days my sugar level decreases from 194 to 121 (fasting) using thismillet kanji only (night)

Chitra said...

Great to know that. May I know which millet you use? Anything specific or combo ?