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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?¬†ūü§ź

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!


Can we leave coffee, tea and milk for good ?

Please feel free to re-blog this blog. This is public information, written for awareness for everyone’s well-being. ¬†Spread it far and wide.

Some 10 years back, I left coffee. I was told by someone that coffee and tea are nervous stimulants, which, when taken without discretion, will lead to nerves weakness. The effect of nerves weakness will be the inability to sit peacefully at one place. No, I am not talking about meditation. Even for getting your work done at your computer, looking and attending to files in the office in a careful way, doing any work diligently, studying for your exams be it school or college, you need calm and alertness, which will be available to you only if your system is stable.

Coffee and tea will give you the sudden briskness with which you can carry on with your immediate tasks, but on a long run, it will lead to inability to focus and sit calm and alert to attend to whatever you are doing.

More so in the old age, when you have nothing much to do – you are retired, your kids are settled, and you enjoy your bliss – if you find yourselves restless, that will be very sad. Your mind will want to be active, but your body won’t co-operate, and you will be a mess.

There’s one more aspect to it – which is milk that’s added to the coffee and tea, in the Indian context. ¬†If you don’t add milk, it’s even worse, because the ill-effects is more-prone and immediate.

But, if you have coffee and tea with milk, just consider where the milk is coming from. In western countries, there are complaints that cows are being artificially milked and they are sent to death long time before they are supposed to die Рbecause they extract the milk faster and faster, and the cow loses the ability to give milk pretty soon.  Even in India, you might have seen loads of cows and buffaloes being carried in lorries and trucks. Where do you think they are being taken to? To get killed because of their inability to give milk.

Food that goes inside us is supposed to nourish us and give energy. Cow’s/buffalo’s milk, however, makes us dull and lethargic. Cows’ milk is meant for calves, and not for humans.

And food that goes into us¬†is supposed to be a blessing and enable us to become better human beings. ¬†Food that come from sources as mentioned above, and having the properties that tend to negatively influence our ability to perform at our full potential may not be good food options, isn’t it?

Especially in the context of¬†India Population, where loads of milk is consumed by millions of people, it’s pretty necessary that we consider.

Please feel free to re-blog this blog. This is public information, written for awareness for everyone’s well-being. ¬†Spread it far and wide.