Ragi or Finger Millet Benefits

What is Millet

According to Wikipedia,

Millets are a group of highly variable small-seeded grasses, widely grown around the world as cereal crops or grains for fodder and human food.

Pearl millet

Millet is a cereal grain that belongs to the Poaceae family, commonly known as the grass family. Third of the world, from Africa to Asia to Eastern Europe, people eat millet as a staple part of their diet.

Finger millet in the field

Millets are staple in many diets around the world, and they have been gown wild in Africa for centuries before being cultivated by man. In addition to being nutrient-rich, it grows well in cold, arid regions and can be harvested within 70 days of planting. While it has been primarily cultivated in Africa, Asia, and Europe, it is becoming more popular in the Western world.

Ripe head of proso millet

Types of Millets That You Should Add In Your Daily Diet Plan

My husband brought all the above millets given in the list to start as a daily diet after watching many Videos of Eminent Holistic health expert Dr. Khadar Wali from Mysore, Karnataka) who recommend to eat Millets to stay healthy. Dr. Khadar Wali known as the Millet Man of India. According to him, “Millets are the fundamental grains that are good for both humans and environment.”

I never cooked these millets in my life, even never heard about them. All of Sudden, how it was possible for me to Cook these Millets?

I started to find on the Internet and watched some Videos about the millets. I got good amount of Information about the millers and also got some other people’s videos, who are eating them and getting benefits. But couldn’t find the proper way to cook these Millets.

I find healthy Way to Cook Millets

Millet Recipe Instructions

  • First of all soak any type of millet that you want to cook next day for at least 24 hours, so they can become soft and this way you don’t have to give so much time
  • All you have to do is before eating, in a pan now put 24 hours soaked millets after washing in any strainer with small holes and add 5-6 times extra water and make them on slow flame. As a spice just add pinch of Pink Salt and Black pepper one pinch.
  • Serve immediately after they are ready and don’t eat Rice or Paratha with it.(means just millet or maximum you can eat any fresh cooked vegetable with it.
  • Believe me once you become use to cook, very simple to cook these any kind of millets.
Ragi, Finger Millet, Ragi Crop

Names of Ragi

Ragi or finger millet is a cereal crop widely grown in Africa and Asia. However, it has been cultivated in Uganda and Ethiopia for thousands of years. Ragi in India is known by many names. It is known as Ragi in Kannada and Telugu, Mangal or Mandua in Hindi, Nachni in Marathi, Kodra in Himachal Pradesh, Mandiya is Oriya, Mandua in Uttrakhand, Wimbi in East Africa. 

health benefits of eating ragi daily
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Benefits of Ragi

The common English name of Ragi is finger millet.

Ragi, or finger millet, is a whole grain superfood with several health benefits. It can help you in weight loss, and also boost metabolism. 

Finger Millet, also known as Ragi is an important millet grown extensively in various regions of India and Africa. 

  • Ragi flour is one of the best non-dairy sources of calcium when compared to any other grains. According to the National Institute of Nutrition in India, 100 grams of Ragi contains 344 mg calcium. 
  • Ragi benefits weight loss in a unique way and holds a significant place in diet programs for weight loss. A special amino acid, Tryptophan present in Ragi helps in curbing appetite. It has a higher rate of fiber compared to any other grain or rice. The high amount of dietary fiber combines with water and keeps the stomach fuller for a longer period of time.
  • When it comes to calcium, there is no other plant source that comes even close to Ragi. It is loaded with calcium and vitamin D that makes it a vital component for increasing bone strength.
  •  Ragi is rich in calcium. So you can add it in your daily diet. Learn to make? kanji
  • Ragi Helps in weight loss ? The natural fat content in ragi is lower than all other cereals. Also, this fat is in its unsaturated form. Thus, substituting it for wheat and rice is a good choice for people trying to lose weight. Learn to Grow Wheatgrass in Water ?
  • Finger millet  is an excellent source of natural calcium which helps in strengthening bones for growing children and aging people. Regular consumption of finger millet is good for bone health.
  • Finger millet is a very good source of natural Iron and its consumption helps in recovery of Anemia.
  • Millets are also a rich source of magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, phospholipids, all of which are supplements for managing diabetes and other comorbidities.
Sprouting millet plants

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Ragi or Finger Millet Benefits