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Know your millets

Let us delve into the world of millets - those ancient grains that are making a big comeback on the health food scene!.

Sorghum or Jowar, also known as Jonna in Telugu, Cholam in Tamil, and Jola in Kannada, is a powerhouse grain packed with antioxidants that help maintain a healthy heart and aid digestion. These energy boosters can help manage diabetes too! A fun fact is that Sorghum is one of the top cereal crops in the world and a staple food for more than 500 million people in over 30 countries. How to introduce it to your diet? Substitute your regular wheat rotis with sorghum ones, add them to your salads, soups or even pancakes!

Try out Pavitram’s Traditional Delight Mathri, Sorghum Crunchy Mathri and Spicy Green Mathri to experience the benefits of Sorghum in your daily diet.

Next up is Pearl Millet or Bajra, commonly known as Sajjalu in Telugu, Kambu in Tamil, and Sajje in Kannada. Bajra's high fiber content is a secret weapon for weight management and reducing cholesterol. Interestingly, Bajra is the most widely grown type of millet in India and has been eaten in India for thousands of years. It's a versatile grain - you can use it in rotis, khichdi, and as a wonderful rice substitute in various dishes.

Try out Pavitram’s Shriann Bajra Namkeen for its rich bajra content and crunchy savoury taste!

Another fantastic grain is Finger Millet or Ragi, known as Ragulu in Telugu, Kelvaragu in Tamil, and Ragi in Kannada. This one is a calcium powerhouse and is a great aid for weight loss. Ragi, also called 'poor man's cereal', is a staple diet in many parts of India and Africa. It also has a hand in battling anemia and relaxing the body. You can use it in rotis, dosas, idlis, and sweet dishes like halwa and laddus.

Pavitram brings to you the best of Ragi through its Ragi Magic Mathri and Ragi Kurkure Twist that your children will surely love!

Foxtail Millet, also known as Kangni in Hindi, Korra in Telugu, Thinai in Tamil, and Navane in Kannada, is your heart's best friend. It aids digestion, boosts immunity, and helps improve muscle and nerve health. Foxtail millet, with its light yellow color, is one of the oldest millets and was used in India as far back as 2000 B.C. Try this grain in your salads, upma, dosa, idli, or even as a rice substitute.

Barnyard Millet may have a quirky name, but its health benefits are nothing to laugh at. Known as Jhangora in Hindi, Udalu in Telugu, Kuthiraivali in Tamil, and Oodalu in Kannada, it promotes heart health, aids digestion, and is a great choice for those seeking gluten-free options. You might be interested to know that despite its name, it's not just for the barnyard - it's a common food in Indian, Chinese, and Nepalese cuisines. It's a great addition to khichdi, porridge, dosa, idli, and a range of rice-based dishes.

Lastly, we have Proso Millet which is known as Barri in Hindi, Variga in Telugu, Pani Varagu in Tamil, and Baragu in Kannada. It's a nutrition champion with an abundance of vitamins and minerals, playing a key role in boosting immunity and promoting heart health. Intriguingly, this millet has a history that dates back to ancient China and Europe and was often used in bird seed mix! Proso Millet can be a great addition to your salads, khichdi, upma, porridge, and as a rice substitute.