Millets are highly nutritious, non-glutinous and not acid forming foods. Hence they are soothing and easy to digest.
They are considered to be the least allergenic and most digestible grains available.
Compared to Paddy rice, especially polished Paddy rice, millets release lesser percentage of glucose and over a longer period of time. This lowers the risk of diabetes.
Kodo millet was domesticated in India almost 3000 years ago. It is found across the old world in humid habitats of tropics and subtropics. It is a minor grain crop in India and an important crop in the Deccan plateau.
The fiber content of the whole grain is very high. Kodo millet has around 11% protein, and the nutritional value of the protein has been found to be slightly better than that of foxtail millet but comparable to that of other small millets.
As with other food grains, the nutritive value of Kodo millet protein could be improved by supplementation with legume protein.
I have already posted recipe for Idlis using kodo millets in place of rice, the ration remaining the same.
Just follow whatever ration you have been following for regular idlis, just replace rice with kodo millets. For more details check the recipe..http://youreverydaycookradha.blogspot.in/2014/01/healthy-idlis-using-varagarsi-kodo.html
As I got excellent results, I continued to make dishes like Pongal with millets, upma and they have all given fabulous results.
I strongly recommend this to people who have been advised to limit rice to switch to millets.
In this version of Quick Instant kodo millets Idlis, there is no fermentation , no soaking , or grinding.
Recipe type Breakfast / tiffin
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 12 minutes
total time 22 minutes
2 cups kodo millets ( Varagu arisi in Tamil )
1/2 cup thick yogurt slightly sour
Water as required to make batter.
3/4 cup of finely chopped vegetables, preferably juliennes of carrots, cabbage,smashed cooked corn,
1 tbsp finely chopped green chillis.
1/2 tsp grated ginger
Pinch of Eno fruit salt.
Salt to taste
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp split udad dal
sprigs of curry leaves.
First powder the millets in the mixie to a fine rava like consistency.
Take a flat bottomed pan, heat it up, add oil.
First crackle mustard seeds, add udad dal , let it brown a bit, add green chillis, ginger and curry leaves.
Add the powdered millets to the pan and stir well to dry roast it for few minutes.
Remove and keep aside.
Chop vegetables to thin strips or very fine and slightly sautee them in the pan.
Add the sauteed vegetables to the millets and the tempering.
Add salt and the yogurt.
Add just enough water to make a idli like batter , mix well so that the vegetables blend well with the millets .
Let this sit for a few minutes.
Then just before steaming the idlis, add the eno salt well in the batter and gently stir.
Grease idli moulds and scoop out batter into each mould.
Steam for 12 minutes or till done . Serve these healthy idlis with chutney , sambar or Idli molaga podi.