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.
- When used in flour form then it can be used as it is after kneading or mixing up a batter.
- But when cooking with grits or whole millets then it is slightly different. There are two methods to do this. One is to boil in plenty of water just like pasta and then put it in the colander. This way, all the starch is drained out. And then the boiled millet can be used for various recipes.
- In the other method, one needs to have an idea as to the quantity of water added to cook it. The quantity of water to be added to millets depend upon the type of consistency we are aiming at. It can be equal or double or even three times the quantity of millet. For example, when I make Sama pulao (Barnyard millet Pulao), I take double the quantity of water as I like each grain to remain separated after cooking. Some people who prefer mushy consistency, add three times water. But ideally, 2 parts of water is added to have perfect separated grains of it.
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 :
- to get rid of the phytic acid which inhibits the absorption of good nutrients.
- to speed up the cooking process.
- to make them easily digestible.
All Millets Are Gluten-free But All Gluten-free Foods 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.
I hope you have liked this brief info about millets. I would love to have your views regarding this.
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