Millet is a group of small-seeded grasses that are widely cultivated as food crops throughout the world. There are different types of millet, such as pearl millet or bajra, foxtail millet or kangni, finger millet or ragi, proso millet or chena, and barnyard millet or samvat ke chawal or Mordhan or sama rice (brat ke chawal) etc.
Millet is very nutritious and a good source of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and is also gluten-free, making it a popular alternative to wheat and other grains for those with gluten sensitivities. You can get some different types of millet recipes on this blog. Sharing all the recipes here.
The year 2023 has been declared by the United Nations as the International Year of the Millet, following a proposal by India, which wants to position itself as a global hub for millets. It’s interesting how millets can help the world face the challenges confronting it. Source
The PM of India, Shri Narendra Modi has also shared his vision to make IYM 2023 a ‘People’s Movement’ alongside positioning India as the ‘Global Hub for Millets’.
‘Millets’ were among the first crops to be domesticated in India with several evidence of its consumption during the Indus valley civilization. Being grown in more than 130 countries at present, Millets are considered traditional food for more than half a billion people across Asia and Africa. In India, millets are primarily a kharif crop, requiring less water and agricultural inputs than other similar staples. Source
Let’s celebrate the International Year of Millets with some different types of millet recipes. Here are some sweet and savory millet recipes from this blog.