This tiny white bead like almost resembling semolina or quinoa but a little bigger is great to use in recipes such as porridge, Upma and now am trying this in Idlis. Am beginning to wonder how I missed using this lovely millet. Recommended for diabetics and those suffering from hypertension.Info from Nutritious products .com
This is an old post which I updated with new pics as they were better than the previous ones. Now to the recipe.
1/2 cup idli rice ( or use only 4 cup kodo millets skipping the idli rice ).
Use the same cup to measure .
See the chart below for more info on millets.
Kodo millet pic
More about Millets
What are millets?
small-seeded grasses that are hardy and grow well in dry zones as rain-fed
crops, under marginal conditions of soil fertility and moisture. Millets are
one of the oldest foods known to humans and possibly the first cereal grain to
be used for domestic purposes.
Millets are also
unique due to their short growing season. They can develop from planted seeds
to mature, ready to harvest plants in as little as 65 days. This is important
in heavily populated areas. When properly stored, whole millets will keep for
two or more years.
They are highly
nutritious, non-glutinous and not acid forming foods. Hence they are soothing
and easy to digest. They are considered to be the least allergenic and most
digestible grains available. Compared to rice, especially polished rice,
millets release lesser percentage of glucose and over a longer period of time.
This lowers the risk of diabetes.
Millets are particularly
high in minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. Finger millet
(Ragi) is the richest in calcium content, about 10 times that of rice or wheat.
What kinds of millets are
Jhangora; Tamil: Kuthiravaali; Telugu: Odalu)
• Finger Millet (Hindi:
Mandua; Tamil: Kelvargu; Telugu: Ragulu; Kannada: Ragi; Malayalam: Koovarugu)
• Foxtail Millet (Hindi:
Kangni; Tamil: Tenai; Telugu: Korra; Kannada: Navane; Malayalam: Thina)
• Kodo Millet (Hindi:
Kodra; Tamil: Varagu; Telugu: Arikelu; Kannada: Harka)
• Little Millet (Hindi:
Kutki; Tamil: Samai; Telugu: Sama; Kannada: Same; Malayalam: Chama)
• Pearl Millet (Hindi:
Bajra, Tamil: Kambu, Telugu: Gantilu, Kannada: Sajje)
• Proso Millet (Hindi:
Barri; Tamil: Panivaragu; Telugu: Varigulu; Kannada: Baragu)
• Sorghum (Hindi: Jowar;
Tamil: Cholam; Telugu: Jonna; Kannada: Jola; Malayalam: Cholum)
cooked like rice. Millets can replace rice in various dishes such as idli,
dosa, payasam/kheer. Millet flour can be used to make rotis..We can easily pressure cool them like rice but with fewer whistles as they cook pretty fast.
Millets are small seeded
grasses giving us grains which are healthy. They grow easily in drought like
slowly – enough time for our body to produce required insulin. This is mainly
because the coat of the grain is intact and we take whole grain and not
• They are nutritious –
well balanced at that – fibre,protein, iron etc.
Info from Millets .org and Healthy eating sites from Internet.