In South India, the landforms are divided into five categories depending on the landscapes. They are Kurinji (Mountains, Ghats, and associated hilly regions), Neithal (Sea, Ocean and coastal regions), Marutham (Valley and delta regions), Mullai (Forest and surrounding regions), and Palai (Desert and surrounding regions).
Each region has its set of Tribal people, its own staple food, its own music tune, its protecting Gods and lifestyle of people. It would differ in their own way as their immediate and available products would make their living style.
In this, Kurinji is the place for Mountains and Hills. Its tribals are known as “Kuravars” whose favourite god is “Muruga” and they use to sing a type of music rhythm or tune known popularly as “Kutraala kuravanji”.
These people have their staple food with main ingredients such as Mountain Honey and “Foxtail Millet” (Hindi: Kangni; Tamil: Tenai; Telugu: Korra; Kannada: Navane; Malayalam: Thina).
About the millet
Foxtail Millet is a warm-season crop, typically planted in late spring. Its early maturity having a crop cycle of only 60-90 days and efficient use of available water makes it suitable for rising in dry areas.
Foxtail millet is high in carbohydrates and gluten-free. It is rich in dietary fibre and minerals such as Copper and Iron. Foxtail millets are ideal for reducing the cholesterol of the body, controlling blood sugar and aiding metabolism rate. It is highly rich in anti-oxidation, which removes all the acidic elements away from the body.
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Increase oxygenation and boosts circulation
- Good For type 2 diabetics
- Improves skin health
- Enhances the immune system
- Good for pregnant women
Recipes using Foxtail Millet
Courtesy & References: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxtail_millet http://ourfoodmedicine.blogspot.com/2014/12/thinai-arisi-rice-and-its-health.html<