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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 viewedhealthfood andsuper foodtrends 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 traditionalfood habitshave 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 food in …
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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. …

SIISTI Little Millet / Samai Pongal Recipe

SIISTI Little Millet Pongal / Samai Pongal RecipeRecipe Cuisine:Indian  |  Recipe Category:Breakfast
Prep Time: 5 mins    |  Cook time: 20 mins    |  Serves: 2

IngredientsSamai / Little millet - 1/2 cup

Moong dal / Payatham paruppu - 2 tblsp

Ginger - 1/2 inch piece, crushed

Turmeric - 1/8 tsp

Ghee - As needed

To temperGhee - 2 tsp

Pepper (Black whole pepper) - 1 tsp

Jeera - 3/4 tsp

Green chilli - 1

Curry leaves - 1 sprig

Asafoetida/ Hing - A pinch

MethodHeat a small pressure cooker with ghee, first pop pepper, add jeera the other ingredients together (green chilli slit) and give a stir. Add ginger, moong dal and fry for a minute. Wash samai, add it into the cooker. Mix well.Add 2 cups water, salt and mix well. Bring to boil and close the cooker, give 4 whistles in medium flame. Once done, let the pressure release by itself. Open and mash well. NotesFor 1/2 cup samai, 2 cups water is perfect, so do not hesitate to add.If its too dry, mix 1/8 cup hot water and mix.Serve hot with ghee toppe…

3 reasons to include ‘Pearl Millet’ or 'Bajra' in your diet

Bajra or Pearl Millets contains phytic acid, tannins and phenols, all potent antioxidants which help in preventing ageing and metabolic diseases like heart disease, stroke and cancer Pearl millet, or bajra, is a gluten-free grain that was underrated till recently. Now that its health benefits have been acknowledged, however, it has become a much sought-after food. Here are some reasons you should add pearl millets to your diet:
High in fibre Digestion is sluggish during the rainy season, so it helps to stick to high-fibre foods like bajra. It is loaded with insoluble fibre that provides bulk to the stool and keeps constipation, a common problem during this season, at bay. 
Heart friendlyBajra is rich in magnesium, which helps keep the heart healthy. It has potassium, which dilates blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more easily. This helps reduce overall blood pressure. Bajra also has fibre that helps reduce LDL, or bad, cholesterol. Magnesium helps control the glucose rec…

SIISTI Millet Porridge Recipe | Porridge with SIISTI Millet Flakes Malt Powder | Quick & Healthy Millet Porridge

SIISTI Millet Porridge Recipe | Quick & Healthy Millet Porridge
- Time - 5 mins
Serves - 1
Ingredients :
1. SIISTI Millet Flakes malt Powder - 

2.  Palm Jaggery /Jaggery (Recommended to use Palm Jaggery which is substitute for sugar)
3 . Milk
4 . Cardamom powder
5.  Almonds

Millet flakes malt powder - 2tspDry roast for 3 mins till it changes to golden brownadd 100 ml of milkadd palm jaggery or jaggery (as a substitute for sugar) - 1tbspadd a pinch of cardamom powdermix well with no lumpsboil till it thickensadd to servesprinkle almonds for taste
Millets Porridge - Healthy and Tasty

Replace Sugar With Jaggery In Your Tea For These Amazing Health Benefits

Highlights Excessive sugar intake can cause your body more harm than goodJaggery can be used in place of sugar in your teaJaggery is also considered as a remedy for cold and cough Sugar is one of the most commonly used and easily available sweeteners across the world. However, when it comes to its nutritional properties, it is not-so-healthy. Do you happen to be a tea lover who often ends up putting a lot of sugar in their tea? If yes, then it's time to limit its consumption as excessive sugar intake can cause your body more harm than good. There are a lot of alternatives to the same, however, the best of all is jaggery. You'd be surprised to know how beneficial jaggery could be if you use it in place of sugar in your tea. Even though sugar and jaggery both are made up of the same source, sugarcane, one is healthier than the other. This is primarily because sugar is a refined form of sugarcane and jaggery is more natural and non-refined. Jaggery has a lot of other a…

Can Diabetes Patients Eat Palm Jaggery? Here's The Answer!

Highlights Palm Jaggery is an unrefined sweetener and is often used instead of sugar. Sugar is often substituted with palm jaggery in desserts as it is healthier. Palm Jaggery beats oxidative stress and control blood pressure too. Palm Jaggery or hathelee gur is the traditional sweetener that is widely used in many Asian and African countries. Palm Jaggery is considered a healthier alternative to refined sugar and dietitians often recommend adding jaggery to desserts instead of sugar. This is because the sweetener is unrefined and hence, it retains larger number of nutrients than the refined sugar. However, a lot of diabetics are often confused about the whether or not they can use it instead of sugar, which is beyond the scope of their diet. So what is the truth? Is palm jaggery really safe for diabetics or should it be shunned by diabetes patients altogether, along with sugar?To answer this question, we must look at the way palm jaggery is produced. Palm Jaggery is made f…

Top reasons you must eat organic food

Why everyone must switch to organic food.

In today's busy urban life, with both partners busy pursuing their careers, the consumption of canned or preserved food is on the rise. With an intent to keep the food habits healthy, people often move towards trends which are healthy and emerging. Here are some insights by Amy's Kitchen on all that we need to know about organic food: 
WHAT IS ORGANIC FOOD? - Organic food can be defined in a layman's language as food grown without or with limited use of pesticide in natural conditions. People living in small towns still maintain kitchen gardens for vegetables. These do not qualify as organic food. Organic food sellers need special certification to mark food as organic.
In today's world, when much importance is given to 'eat healthy-live healthy', switching your regular diet with organic food might be a good idea. With population rise to its peak and limited resources, fertilizers and pesticides have been u…