Have you ever heard of millets?
They are small, nutritious grains that have been a staple food across India and South East Asia for millennia.
The cultivation and consumption of millets has persisted in India since ancient times. For centuries, people all over the world have relied on millets as a healthy part of their diet. They are high in protein, fibre and iron—and are also gluten-free!
In addition to their health benefits, millets are low-impact crops that require little water and input to grow. That should be celebrated, right? That's why the United Nations, at the behest of the Government of India, has declared 2023 the International Year of the Millets!
To raise awareness about millets, the United Nations, at the behest of the Government of India declared the coming new year as the International Year of Millets 2023. The proposal by India has been accepted by 70 countries and counting.
Millets are a great source of protein, are high in complex carbohydrates (which means they are digested slowly), and in general possess a low glycemic index. They are also a good source of calcium, iron and zinc.
Millets can be easily grown on marginal lands without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilisers; this makes them an ideal crop for smallholder farmers who want to increase their income. And because millets require less water than other major crops such as rice or wheat, they're good for farmers living in areas where water is scarce.
Millets can be used as porridge or flour for breads, pancakes and cookies. They're also good for making polenta or couscous-like dishes with vegetables, and they're very easy to make!
More than 60 types of millets exist and they can be found in most parts of the world. Millets are a staple food for more than 1 billion people worldwide and feature prominently in cuisines from India, Mexico and China to Africa and Europe.
Some of the common millets found in India are -
Bajra (Pearled millet)
Kambu (Foxtail millet)
Ragi (Finger millet)
Kodo (Little millet)
Millets help facilitate insulin sensitivity, which makes them good for anyone with diabetes.
Millets are high in niacin, which is good for your skin.
Millets are high in antioxidants.
Millets can help lower your blood pressure.
Compared to other cereals, millets have more essential amino acids, making them a good source of protein.
In 2022, we added barnyard millets in our mylk as a commitment to include more millets in our products. We truly believe that millets possess some of the answers to food security, sustainable living and affordable, high quality nutrition.
If you haven't had millets lately, this is your sign to try our mylk, make bhel puri, ragi wheat dosas, and so on!