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Eating healthy: 4 ways to cook millet

January 08, 2015 12:24 IST

How would you like to have it? S Saraswathi helps us with a few recipes:

Widely grown across the world, the humble millet, which is mostly considered birdseed, is a grain with innumerable health benefits.

For thousands of years, millet was consumed by our ancestors as staple food.

High in anti-oxidants, dietary fiber and protein, millet is easily digestible and gluten-free.

This makes it an extremely healthy alternative to rice and wheat.

Millet is often used as baby food and one of the most common breakfast foods in rural India.

Millet is also a good source of other essential nutrients like copper, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium and is known to reduce the risk of heart disease, lower high BP, prevent gallstones and promote healthy blood sugar control.

Millet can be used in a wide array of dishes.

It is readily available in the market in both powder and seed form -- they may be white, gray, yellow or red.

Here are some easy-to-make and extremely nutritious recipes using millet grain.

Basic millet

This is a basic recipe for cooking millet that can be used as a substitute for rice

1 cup millet
2-1/2 cups water
Salt to taste


Breakfast Porridge

Tired of oats, cornflakes and dry toast, here is a healthy new alternative.

This soft creamy porridge made with millet grain is not only loaded with essential nutrients, it tastes absolutely delicious.



Millet Cutlets

Both children and adults will love this yummy snack that is as healthy as it is tasty.



Millet Pulao



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S Saraswathi