My first ever post about millet. I was always finicky about trying millet and adding them into my daily food , until Someone recently told me that , Millets help in weight loss and are also easily digestible. The wrods “WeightLoss” attracted me :D.
There are various articles that speaks about the goodness of millet on the internet , so for a novice like me who has just started with it , here are a few things that I’ve learnt and observed about cooking millet.
Millets are rich in fibre , magnesium and Vitamin B12 , which cannot be eaten in pill or capsule form. The only way to gain them is by eating millets.
Millets are good for diabetic people. My mother is diabetic , her random sugar levels used to be above 150 and within 210. After eating Thinai(foxtail millet) and Samai (Little pearl millet) for a week , her sugar levels have been between 70 -90 , which is low. The advantage is ,she eats any sweet she wants , carefree 😀
Millets help in weight loss , mainly because they are rich in fibre , hence you feel full for a longer time , you will not have those hunger pangs or wierd 4.00 pm cravings ,wherein you gorge upon some nice burger or pav baaji or Aloo bonda.
Now about this kichdi , This is a simple traditional kichdi that we usually prepare , I’ve just replaced it with Thinai instead of raw rice. This is a #OPOS recipe .
If you are gluten allergic or on a gluten-free diet , you can try this recipe.
- Course or type : Breakfast / Main course
- preparation time : 10 min
- cooking time : 20 min
- difficulty : easy
|Thinai / foxtail millet||200 grams / 1 cup|
|Moong dal||200 grams / 1 cup|
|Tomatoes (finely chop)||2 nos|
|Medium sized onions(finely chop)||2 nos|
|Ginger (shred it)||½ inch piece|
|Green chilles (finely chop)||2 nos|
|Coriander (finely chop)||For garnish|
|Ghee / clarified butter||50 grams / 3 tbsps|
|Asafetida (hing)||¼ tsp|
|Cumin (jeera)||1 tsp|
- Soak Thinai (foxtail millet) and moong dal in enough water for 15 min.
- Meanwhile , chop the above mentioned vegetables and keep them ready.
- Take a pressure cooker , keep it on medium heat. Add ghee to it.
- Once the ghee is heated up , add asafoetida and cumin. Allow it to crackle.
- Now add shredded ginger , chopped green chillies , curry leaves and saute for 30 secs.
- Add finely chopped onions to this and saute them furthermore. Once the onions have turned translucent , add the tomatoes and saute for another 2 min.
- Now add the soaked Thinai(foxtail millet) and moong dal to this(discard the water). Add 6 cups of fresh water. Add a pinch of turmeric powder (sorry , I forgot to mention it under the ingredients) and add the required amount of salt for this dish.
- Close the pressure cooker with its lid , place its weight and allow it for 4 whistles.
- Let the pressure come out on its own. Open the lid and give it a quick stir.
- Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve it hot.