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The Golden Rule of Consuming Millets

Millets, ancient grains that have been a staple in many cultures for thousands of years, are making a resurgence in modern diets. But in today’s times, millets come with a golden rule.

Sarbani Bhattacharjee
The Golden Rule of Consuming Millets (This image has been created with MidJourney)
The Golden Rule of Consuming Millets (This image has been created with MidJourney)

Millets are small-seeded grasses that are not only filled with nutrients but also environmentally sustainable. The common varieties include pearl millet, finger millet, foxtail millet, and sorghum. They are highly nutritious, and rich in proteins, fibre, vitamins, and minerals, making them an excellent alternative to more commonly consumed grains like rice and wheat.

Balance and Variety:

The golden rule for millets is to incorporate them into your diet in a balanced and varied manner. Here’s how you can adhere to this:

  1. Start Slow

If you are new to millets, start by introducing them gradually into your meals. Replace a portion of your regular grains with millets. For instance, you can start with one millet-based meal per day or mix millets with rice or wheat to get accustomed to their taste and texture.

  1. Diversify Your Millet Choices

Don't stick to just one type of millet. Each variety has its unique set of nutrients. For example, finger millet (ragi) is rich in calcium, while pearl millet (bajra) is a good source of iron. By rotating different types of millets in your diet, you ensure a more holistic nutritious intake.

  1. Combine with Other Foods

Millets can be paired with various foods to enhance their nutritional value. Combine millets with legumes, vegetables, and healthy fats to create balanced meals. For example, a millet salad with vegetables and a lemon dressing can be a refreshing and nutritious dish.

  1. Cook Properly

Proper cooking techniques can make a big difference in how palatable and digestible millets are. Soaking millets before cooking can reduce cooking time and improve its digestibility. Cooking methods such as steaming, boiling, and baking are ideal for preserving the nutritional integrity of millets.

  1. Stay Hydrated

Millets are high in fibre, which is excellent for digestion but can be dehydrating if not consumed with enough water. Ensure you drink plenty of water throughout the day to aid digestion and avoid any discomfort.

Key Benefits:


Millets are packed with essential nutrients, including B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and antioxidants. They are gluten-free, making them suitable for those with gluten intolerance or celiac disease. If you have digestion issues, want to control your blood sugar levels, and also keep your heart healthy, millet is just the food for you, as it is rich in fibre.

Environment Sustainability

Millets are drought-resistant and require minimal care like adequate watering and fertilizers as compared to other grains. They grow well in arid and semi-arid regions, making them a sustainable crop that reduces the carbon footprint of agriculture.

A small rule can change the entire game and make millets a cult favorite. Start by following it today if you looking to make dietary changes for the better.

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