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Barnyard Millet

Whew! This superfood is almost 3,000 years old and grown in the lap of the Himalayas, in the hilly regions of Uttarakhand. Also known as shyama in Bengali, moraiyo in Gujarati, sanwa rice in Hindi, oodalu in Kannada, kuthiraivali in Tamil and udalu in Telugu


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Barnyard millet (Jhangora) is actually wild seed and not a grain and is a blessing for the health conscious in all forms. It tastes almost like broken rice when cooked and is a nutritional powerhouse with high levels of protein, calcium, iron, minerals and vitamin B complex. It is also low in carbohydrates and gluten-free, making it an excellent grain for those with gluten allergies, type II diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. It can also be fed to babies just six months old!

Break it up like Barnyard Millet!

1) It is low in calories.
2) A good source of highly digestible protein.
3) Low in carbohydrate content in Barnyard Millet is quite low. Hence it can be recommended for patients with cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
4) It contains a good amount of both soluble and insoluble fiber. The content of fiber in this millet is highest compared to other millets.
5) It helps in preventing constipation, excess gas, bloating and cramping.
6) Barnyard millet is also gluten-free and thus a great blessing for Autistic children.
7) It is a great source of iron and folates.

Barnyard Millet to boost your palate

1) It can be served as porridge or kheer to six to eight-month-old babies, and as cheela, dosa, idlis for children above one year.
2) The flour is not easily available in the market, but you can grind it at home.
3) Whole barnyard millets are used to prepare lip smacking and upma, khichdi and pulao light on the tummy.
4) As a flour, you can put on your baking apron and use it in cookies and nutrition bars as well.
5) Crunch up your salads with some barnyard millet as well!

Barnyard millet is highly affordable, versatile in cooking uses and is a wondergrain that can spruce up the health factor in any meal.

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