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The Awesome Page Of Millet Recipes Links!


There are several individual blogs and pages that have millet recipes.
I wanted to make a momma of all pages for the millet recipes, so that
you can get all at the same page!

To start with, I have compiled the currently active pages that have the
millet recipes. In the future, I want to update this blog into sections for
breakfast, lunch, dinner, sweets, occasional recipes, so that you can quickly
find the ones that you are looking for.

Here we go! :

Standard disclaimer: As with anything that you intake, you should consult with your doctor/nutritionist/dietitian on your personal health circumstances on what is appropriate for you.

Thank you!

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Millets: The Proso Pongal!

So, We had tasty, tasty Proso Pongal today!

What’s Proso Pongal? 🤐

Have you heard of Millets, by the way? Some of us would say No. Because we have forgotten.

Well, Millets is a staple food, just like rice and wheat. They consume just 10% of water compared to rice while production.

Millets are rich in micronutrients and better for health than rice and wheat – it releases sugar in the blood very slowly. Guess what that means? Less risk of diabetes and better diabetes management.

Now, about Proso Pongal… the recipe is the same as traditional rice Pongal, so no need to rack your brain!

Go get Proso Millet from your nearby retailer for around 70 rupees per kg. It’s a bit expensive than rice, but it’s all worth it considering the health benefits and the social cause of water conservation!

We have decided to skip rice Pongal from now on, and going for Millets Pongal at our home. How about you?!


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Happy Millets Ganesh Chathurthi!


Ganesh Chaturthi just passed by, and I hope you all had a wonderful celebration!

I wanted to bring you a timely millet recipe for the occasion, but I was tied up with some commitments, so I could not write.

Better late than never, that too, it’s never late for Modaks made out of Ragi!

I can see your eyes popping with surprise, wonder, and curiosity, so I won’t hold you long before you jump into this awesome Ragi Modak recipe from Swasthi:


Love Always!





Awesome Millet Recipes: Lemon Millet Rice

Greetings everyone!

We are all gearing up for making millets as an integral component of our food again in India. I am excited to share that India’s National Campaign on Millets is starting on September 28th in Pune!  Details about the event can be found here.

I have been talking to a few households and they have lot of questions about how to replace rice or wheat with millets. The short answer is ‘Google!’, but that would not be palatable (no pun intended!). I intend to introduce how millets can be introduced as meal item, rather than just a breakfast or dinner item.

I came across this awesome ‘Lemon Millet Rice‘ recipe by Swasthi.  It would answer the question about how millets can be used as a meal. In this recipe, Swasthi has used Kodo (Varagu in Tamil) millet, but she says we can use other millets like foxtail, little and barnyard too!

I encourage you to go through it, give it a try, and let me know your feedback in the comments.  It could be great if you could post a video of your trial too!

I look forward to hear from you!

Cheers, and Love Always!


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A Gentle Introduction to Millets!

In my recent post, I wrote about the major two reasons why as a country and people, India should shift to millets from rice and wheat.

That post received a very good response as a guest post, and several people wanted to change to millets from rice and wheat, but they were not sure what and how.

The good news is that I found a very nice article that gives a gentle introduction to millets which you can use as a starting point to introduce millets into your diet.

The article covers the types of millets that are generally available in India, their content and benefits, and guess what, a few millets-based recipes too!  I would strongly suggest that you go through this post for your own introduction to the millets.

Disclaimer: As with everything that we consume, we need to be careful about the balance and the suitability, because what we eat, we become, and there are medicinal side-effects and consequences too because of what we eat. As the article points out, people with thyroid issues should be careful about replacing rice and wheat completely with millets. The reader is advised to consult their dietitian, doctor and the nutritionist before changing their food consumption habits.

By the way, I found a good book on healthy millet recipes, you might want to check that out too, for your reference – ”

Healthy Food – Wholesome Millet Recipes – A Santha Ramanujam

Happy reading and wishing you a very healthy and joyful life!





What should India eat?

India has gone through roller-coaster rides in terms of food.  There have been huge famines, but of late, there’s huge availability of food in terms of rice and wheat.  We should be pretty happy, but at the same time, got to be very cautious on what we consume, as the rice and wheat food has led to chronic health conditions because of the unhealthy life style that we adopt.

Last week, I saw an article on how rice and wheat are consuming too much of water to grow, and how it is not sustainable.  No, this is not a propaganda of the Genetically Modified crops lobby. I also read another article on how heart diseases in India has increased in the past 26 years.

Reading these has led me to believe that we should cut down on rice and wheat cultivation and grow more millets, which are healthy as well as consume less water. A healthy lifestyle is of course necessary, but not every one of us get the opportunity (sometimes it is even a luxury) to exercise, work out and stay fit.  Diet is an important component in the equation (by the way, the whole equation is Diet + Exercise + Less Stress) for a healthy lifestyle.

As we already know, because of our sedentary life style, India has been declared as the diabetic capital of the world, so we should only help ourselves with less rice!

Here are some stuff that I have in my list to improve the situation:

  • Cut down on the rice and wheat consumption myself, and let my family and friends know
  • Talk to the land-owners and agriculturists that I know about this and make them grow more millets
  • Talk to the healthy food restaurants chains about this and make them deliver more millets-based food rather than rice and wheat based
  • Oh, and yes, share a lot of millets-based menus and recipes!

So, what is your plan of action?  A small step in the right direction makes a lot of difference!

Thank you for your attention and time!


The Water Problem (Episode 2)

Recently I wrote about the looming water problem in India. At that time, all I had was questions on the enormity of the issue, and how we can tackle this. I made a bucket list of all the stuff that I can do, and I quickly followed up with a few people I knew on social media and otherwise, and the results were a bit comforting, although the efforts are long-drawn projects that need constant follow-ups.

I was deeply heartened to see that many people are actually working on the water already at various levels – creating awareness, conducting sessions, executing implementations to effectively use groundwater and rainwater, and coming up with innovations that can made radical improvements to the abilities to store water.

Two of such groups that I came across were The Rainwater Club and Bhungroo. Both of them are well-known in the water circles for their work. The Rainwater Club is doing their work mostly in Karnataka and Tamilnadu, while Bhungroo has projects all over the world, but head-quartered in Gujarat.

The Rainwater Club has modules to conduct trainings and sessions in the schools, so that awareness can be created among the children. It would be great to partner with them to conduct sessions at your schools, especially if you are a group of institutions or a chain of schools.

Bhungroo is all about implementation, you can reach out to them to implement their solution in the usually drought-hit areas of your state, to see if their solution would help the situation.

These two were great starts for me to do something about the areas that I know of, while I am talking to someone in Kerala to see if there’s a potential solution for their unique issue of land level being the same as sea level along the coast, and hence water cannot be stored underground!  I am also planning to be in touch with a unique project in south India, to partner with them for projects and training on water for school children.

I will keep you posted!