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Eight Best Ragi Recipes | Kelvaragu

       Ragi Recipes- Ragi is a wonderful ingredient that was lost as the popularity of wheat and rice grew. One of the forgotten   ancient millets, ragi is slowly resurfacing as the latest desi superfood. The grain which was once considered as 'coarse' during the colonial times is now renowned nutritionally. A rich source of calcium, protein and iron, these deep red pearls definitely deserve some more love. Ragi really is very small that it cannot be polished all that much, which means it basically retains all the good stuff. It is gluten free, cheap and easily accessible making it a great option for anyone. Ragi has thirty times as much calcium as rice, more then ten times as much fibre and the nutrients in these millets are easily absorbable.

India is the world's largest producer of ragi, yet its use has been largely dismissed in most urban households. One reason could be that many people are not aware about the amazing health benefits that it offers. Or let's just s…
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South Indian Millets: How Ancient Grains Are Becoming Trendy Again

Highlights Millets are certainly not just a temporary fadThey are great sources of iron and fiberTheir low glycaemic index that makes them more suitable for diabetics

    I've always viewed health food and super food trends with a smidgen of doubt. Many of these trends go around in circles just like fashion trends and I've always veered away from drastically altering my diet based on the flavour of the season. My curiosity around millets was sparked by Michael Pollan's ‘In Defense of Food'. Pollan speaks at length about how traditional food habits have been eclipsed by processed food and the one thing all our diets ultimately succumb to – convenience.

It's probably the same reason why millets that have been intrinsic to South Indian diets were pushed out of the spotlight. My maternal grandmother always looked around for healthy alternatives and I still remember her obsession with finger millet (Ragi). It's one of the few millets that has remained a mainstream f…

The Millet Rises

In 2015, Mumbai-based engineer Anand Padiyar was diagnosed with diabetes. His doctor suggested switching from rice to millets. Since then, Padiyar has gradually shifted towards ragi mudde (balls), rotis and bajra porridge. “Ragi mudde coupled with rasam or sambhar and spicy pickle was the staple diet for many south Indian families for ages,” he says. “Now I have it for dinner. At first there was definitely a huge difference in my blood sugar count. But now it helps me maintain it and keep it in control with regular consumption (of other grains).” A group of small-seeded plants that have been consumed for centuries in the subcontinent, millets have recently captured the imagination of conscious eaters around the globe. India, the largest producer of millets in the world, is celebrating 2018 as the National Year of Millets. In August, Ashok Dalwai, CEO of the National Rainfed Area Authority, announced the launch of the India Millet Mission, a nationwide campaign to pr…

Dried fruits: Is the latest snack good or bad?

Dried fruit (different from dry fruits/nuts) is the faddy snack of the day, for they are portable without the risk of leaking their juices and are healthy or so we believe. Many brands have come up in the markets that are competing to sell dried fruits by appealing through their 'healthy' tags. But, before you nosh on these little sweeties, there are things you must know about them.

It's too much fiber

Fruits are one of the best sources of fiber. However, when you dehydrate them, their concentrations of the fiber and nutrients go much higher. Hence, you get a lot of antioxidants for lesser amount, which is a yay thing, but you also intake a lot of fiber, which your body may find hard to deal with and cause cramps and bloating. 
It has a lot of calories
Now, because the dried fruits are concentrated, so is there sugar. Big amounts of sugar can lead to difficulties of digestion. The component that's problematic is sulfitis as it can lead to headaches and diarrhea. …