Make it with millets

For generations, my family’s main source of income has been agriculture. We have always followed organic farming and we don’t plan to switch to anything else either.

It’s actually my grandmother who was the driving force for this. She tried multiple techniques in order to make the harvest a successful one and we’ve been following those methods till today.

Millets are one of the main agricultural grains we grow on our farm. We have been consuming ragi and foxtail millet for as long as I remember.

My favourite is ragi balls with spinach curry. It was our staple diet.

And the best part of it all? You can store it for years!

My grandmother was an expert at using foxtail millet in various dishes. She used to make lemon rice, ‘khichdi’, ‘puliogere’, ‘bissi bele bath’ and even dosa and idli with the millet.

Thankfully, I haven’t lost interest in the grain till now. Today, I am the founder and director of Grain Stories, an organic food product company, and we grow about eight to 10 different types of millets.

Sadly, millets have become forgotten grains. Yes, it does take a bit of time to process it when compared to rice but it grows in any condition. You don’t need too much water either.

And the health benefits of this grain is amazing. I’m 40 years old now and as long as I can remember, I have only fallen sick twice or thrice when I was a child.

Since I have grown up having different types of millets all my life, I have a very healthy body.

Even today, whenever I cook, I prefer to either purchase it from a home farm or our terrace garden. It’s hard to find places that sell true organic products, so the best place is your own place.

The recipe shared today is a ‘Millet Salad’, something that anyone can make within a few minutes. It’s healthy, contains high nutrients, Vitamin B, calcium, iron, zinc and so on.

Try to add this to your diet and you will soon find changes in your body.

Uma Prasad
(As told to Anila Kurian)


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