What are millets

Millets are not what you would expect to commonly find on your table. They are a group of highly variable small-seeded grasses, widely grown around the world as cereal crops or grains for fodder and human food. They are hardy, grow in arid conditions, are as energy-rich as rice and wheat and are in fact higher on nutrients than both rice and wheat.

Millets can be divided into the following five varieties :

English Kodo Millet Barnyard Millet Little Millet Pearl Millet Foxtail Millet
Hindi Kodra Jhangora Kutki Bajra Kangni
Tamil Varagu Kuthiraivali Samai Kambu Tinai
Telegu Arikelu Odalu Sama Gantilu Korra
Kannada Harka UDalu Same Sajje Navane

The health benefits of millets :

  • Helps to protect against heart diseases
  • Lowers bad cholesterol levels
  • Beneficial in detoxifying the body
  • Prevents type 2 diabetes
  • Prevents onset of breast cancer
  • Effective in reducing blood pressure
  • Helps in optimizing vital organs like the kidney and liver
  • Improves the health of the immune system