Should Anyone Avoid Millets?

Millets are good for everyone but as exceptions are always there to prove the rule, similarly, here too is an exception. People who are suffering from hypothyroidism should not consume millets as they contain goitrogen, a substance that interferes with the production of thyroid hormones. Source


How To Cook Millets?

Gone are the days when millets were used only to make chapati or khichdi or porridge only. Today, millets are used for cooking a variety of recipes ranging from simple chapati, Idli/Dosa,  to most exotic ones like cakes, cookies, salads, burgers, soups, and whatnot.


Why is it Necessary to Soak Millets?

Just like beans, it is mandatory to soak millets, whenever they are whole or in rice form.

And these must be soaked at least for 6 to 8 hours or if possible overnight.

Some millets like Pearl Millet (Bajra) need soaking for 12 hours too. Recently, I soaked barnyard millet and got busy with other things forgetting completely about it. When checked it after a day, it still was fine without any foul smell or foam setting on it. Thus these are very forgiving too.

It is necessary to soak millets overnight or for at least 6 hours :


All Millets Are Gluten-free But All Gluten-free Foods Are Not Millets.

Thus, Quinoa, Buckwheat (Kuttu), Oats, Amaranth (Rajgira), Corn,  Water Chestnut (Singhara) and Brown Rice are gluten-free but these are not millets.


This info was just a glimpse into millets without any recipe. Each millet has its own positives and is rich in some or the other nutrient and thus we should use all the millets. I will be sharing details of each millet in the recipe corresponding to it.

So, in simple words, we should eat millets to have a healthy life, to avoid lifestyle diseases like cancer, diabetes, gastric problems, cholesterol problems by availing all the goodness of these tiny seeds.

They have unique nutrients that are good not only for our physical health but also for mental health. Being fiber-rich if these are consumed daily then they promote bowel-movement, detoxify our system and helps in lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels.


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28 Responses

  1. Millets have gained popularity and many recipes are formed around it. No wonders our elders have been consuming it on regular basis for a very long time.

  2. What a comprehensive detailed study of Millets Samira….One of my friends who lives on a farmhouse invited few friends to lunch and treated us to a sumptuous lunch made with only millets..from starters to desserts.

    1. Wow! What a wonderful lunch it must have been. Everything from starters to desserts means a lot. Hope you will try out too. Thank you so much for liking the post.

  3. Wow! What detailed information about nutrients, benefits and recipes of various millets. You killed it, Samira Ji. I never ever thought about it. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. A very informative post. Thanks for sharing. I have been eating millets but didn’t know the importance of it in such details.

  5. Wow! You covered every tiny detail about millet! Loved it. It’s related to health. I will refer this article in my future blog posts:)

  6. Wow! Simply amazing post! Personally I learned a lot about millets. In my home, Jowar, Bajra and Ragi are cooked regularly. But the others you mentioned are new to me. I am looking forward to reading your recipes and trying them out. Thank you for coming up with such an amazing topic!

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    1. Thank you so much, Mayura! It’s nice to know that you are already using millets. Do share your feedback if you try out any of these.

  7. Interesting and detailed post about millets. Like most people these days, I took to millets quite late. But now I’m aware of the historical and nutritional value they have for us. I still think we aren’t promoting them as much as needed. Hopefully your series will do its bit in this direction.

    1. Thank you so much for liking the post. You are right that it’s not getting it’s due because of a lack of promotion. The world of advertisements affect everything we do or use. But as now you have started using millets I hope that you will stick to it. Do share your feedback if you try out any of the millet recipes.

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