The Pearls of Nutrition- Pearl Millet (Bajra)

Bajra or pearl millet, you must have heard this name before (naam to suna hoga), especially during winters if you are residing in or travelled north or western India during winters.

If not heard then let me introduce you to this appetizing and delectable millet, as the name also goes, pearl millet. Pearl millet is commonly known as Bajra in our country. I am born and brought up in Rajasthan and during winters, my grandmother used to make her coveted dishes, which used to delight us and kept us intact during winters. One of her mouth smacking dishes that come to my mind is a perfect combination of Garam Bajra roti, ghee and gud (jaggery). AHAA…A natural delicacy! A winter in Rajasthan is incomplete without eating this delicacy. This diet can be afforded by any household and yet nutritious. The slow release of emery gives the feeling satiety for longer periods. During summers my grandmother used to cook this this pearl of nutrition with yogurt and water, embellished with asafetida (hing) mad some fennel seeds, and called as, “ghaat”. In the hot and thrusty days of summer this dish works to sustain the cold in body.

Pearl Millet or Bajra

Feel the pearls in day-to-day life

Bajra is also known as Kambu in south India, having a low glycemic index is one of the prime foods given to lower diabetes. Its impenetrable fibre helps in the slow release of carbs into your system, thus providing energy over a longer period of time and keeping your blood glucose in check. Contrary to the other grains and millets, Bajra or Kambu has a distinct sweet taste to it. Take it into powder form, mixed with water and boiled makes a perfect porridge. It can be used as a sustainable meal for the children and elder who are unable to eat, are ill or simply don’t want to waste time chewing their food. For those having gluten intolerance, this could serve as a perfect alternative. It is also a staple diet in Maharashtra.

Nutrition & consumption

Bajra is not just rich in Vitamin B but it also has minerals such as iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc and selenium making itself a well enriched meal. It is no wonder then that this was mainly a farmer’s meal, who couldn’t be away from their work too long and yet required enough energy to sustain themselves. Bajra has a distinct quality of taste and nutrition at the same time-

  • It has the highest folic acid amongst all the cereals, which makes it the diet of choice for pregnant women.

  • Pearl millets are considered as a rich source of antioxidants, their consumption offers a great deal of protection against free radical mediated diseases such as cancer, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.

  • It helps in reducing blood sugar levels.

  • The rich fiber content of pearl millet helps in easing the process of digestion and provides a relief from constipation.

  • Regular consumption of pearl millet in moderate quantities relaxes the body, brings in a calm feeling, and fights off insomnia.

Pearl Millet Dosa

Try the out the amazing Pearl millet from Kamaleya which is not just high in fiber but also free from any additional coloring or chemical enameling, making it the best fiber source for diabetics and the fitness conscious. As a therapeutic blessing from nature, pearl millet or Kambu plays a powerful role in giving right nutrition to body. It is a great Source of Magnesium that helps reduce fatigue. Infuse the punch of Kamaleya’s Kambu powder and Kamaleya dosa in your daily diet for a healthy routine. Our motto is "Health meets Convenience. We aim that our food and spices give you the goodness, flavors and aroma that come from pure and unadulterated spices. Add a punch of flavor without compromising on your health. Good food choices are investments and add to the treasure of nutrition in our body and taste for our tongue.

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