Go with the grain | Life | Times Crest
Popular on Times Crest
  • In This Section
  • Entire Website
  • Knead to know
    June 22, 2013
    Hot, humid weather is perfect for rolling out olive-scented focaccia.
  • When Soho goes south
    June 1, 2013
    South Indian food is not all about Madras curry masala.
  • Budget bites
    June 1, 2013
    Restaurants that fill you up without emptying your pockets.
More in this Section
Leaving tiger watching to raise rice Ecologist Debal Deb, who did his post-doctoral research from IISc in…
The crorepati writer He's the man who gives Big B his lines. RD Tailang, the writer of KBC.
Chennai-Toronto express Review Raja is a Canadian enthusiast whose quirky video reviews of Tamil…
Don't parrot, perform Maestro Buddhadev Dasgupta will hold a masterclass on ragas.
A man's man Shivananda Khan spent his life speaking up for men who have sex with men.
Bhowmick and the first family of Indian football At first glance, it would be the craziest set-up in professional football.
From Times Blogs
The end of Detroit
Jobs in Detroit's car factories are moving to India.
Chidanand Rajghatta
How I love the word ‘dobaara’...
Can ‘bindaas’ or ‘jhakaas’ survive transliteration?
Shobhaa De
Anand marte nahin...
India's first superstar died almost a lonely life.
Robin Roy
nutritional powerhouse

Go with the grain


It has long been the staple meal of farmers in rural Andhra Pradesh, especially those who can't afford rice, and is relished with a spicy, watery pulusu (curry). Now, foxtail millet, which is called kakumor korraluin India, is gaining popularity as a health food in Europe and North America.

The oldest cultivated millet, foxtail grain looks like couscous and has a mild sweet and nutty taste. Till recently, it was mostly grown for cattle and birdfeed abroad, but has now gained acceptance as a gluten-free alternative to rice as it has double the protein content. Conscious Foods is among the few companies that sell foxtail millet in India. These grains are rich in B vitamins, iron, calcium and various minerals. Experts say they help control cholesterol level, gastric problems, reduce risk of heart attack and help in development of body tissue. And, they are especially beneficial for diabetics.


Laddus, parathasand tikkismade of Amaranth (called Rajgira in Maharashtra) are relished by women who fast during the nine-day Navratri festival or on Maha Shivratri. But there's much more to this millet than the fact that it is not forbidden during fasts. And, that's why it has made its way to the shelves of health food stores in India and abroad. Nutritionists say amaranth is as good as quinoa and, in fact, has higher calcium levels. The amaranth seed contains 6-10 per cent oil, primarily unsaturated oil which is high in linoleic acid and lysine, essential amino acids that are necessary for overall health maintenance and tissue repair. It's a 'nutritional powerhouse'.

Other Times Group news sites
The Times of India | The Economic Times
इकनॉमिक टाइम्स | ઈકોનોમિક ટાઈમ્સ
Mumbai Mirror | Times Now
Indiatimes | नवभारत टाइम्स
महाराष्ट्र टाइम्स
Living and entertainment
Timescity | iDiva | Bollywood | Zoom
| Technoholik | MensXP.com


itimes | Dating & Chat | Email
Hot on the Web
Book print ads | Online shopping | Business solutions | Book domains | Web hosting
Business email | Free SMS | Free email | Website design | CRM | Tenders | Remit
Cheap air tickets | Matrimonial | Ringtones | Astrology | Jobs | Property | Buy car
Online Deals
About us | Advertise with us | Terms of Use and Grievance Redressal Policy | Privacy policy | Feedback
Copyright© 2010 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service