Kodo Millet (Varagu Arisi)

Kodo millet or varagu arisi is a type of millet that originated in Africa and is now widely cultivated in India and other Asian countries. It is a nutritious grain that is rich in protein, fiber, minerals and antioxidants. Kodo millet can be used as a substitute for rice in various dishes, such as pongal, adai, dosa, kanji and puttu. Kodo millet has a similar taste to rice. Kodo millet is also known by different names in different regions of India, such as kodon, kodra, arka, koovaragu and arikelu.

Varagu , Arikelu, Harka
  • Variety/Type - Unpolished millet
  • Packs - 500g packs available
  • Storage instructions - Store in a cool and dry place, once opened keep in a air tight container
  • Expiry - 12 Months from date of Mfd.

Product Highlights

  • It is rich in protein, fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.
  • It helps lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
  • It aids digestion and prevents constipation.
  • It boosts immunity and prevents infections.
  • It reduces inflammation and oxidative stress.

How to use?

Kodo millet is a versatile grain that can be cooked in various ways. It can be boiled, steamed, roasted or popped like popcorn. It can be used to make porridge, pudding, bread, pancakes, dosa, idli and other dishes. It can also be mixed with other grains, such as rice, quinoa or oats, to enhance their nutritional value and taste.

  • Preferred to consume like normal rice.
  • Suitable for diabetes.
  • Good for obese people and weight watchers.

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What are the health benefits of kodo millet? Can you explain in details?

Kodo millet has many health benefits, such as:
- It has a low glycemic index, which means that it releases glucose slowly into the bloodstream and helps control blood sugar levels. This makes it a good choice for people with diabetes or those who want to prevent diabetes.
- It is gluten-free, which means that it does not contain the protein that causes allergic reactions in some people who have celiac disease or gluten intolerance . This makes it a safe alternative to wheat and other gluten-containing grains.
- It is easy to digest, as it contains a high amount of lecithin, which improves the mucus in the intestine and protects the digestive lining. It also has a high biological value, which means that the body can absorb it quickly and efficiently.
- It is rich in antioxidants, such as polyphenols, which help protect the body from oxidative stress and inflammation . Antioxidants also have anti-bacterial and anti-allergic properties, which can boost the immune system and prevent infections.
- It is beneficial during pregnancy, as it contains a good amount of calcium, iron, phosphorus and other minerals that are essential for the growth and development of the fetus . It also helps prevent anemia and osteoporosis in pregnant women.
- It is high in fiber, which helps regulate bowel movements and prevent constipation . Fiber also helps lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure, which can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

How to cook kodo millet?

Kodo millet can be cooked in a similar way as rice or other grains. You can use a pressure cooker, a pot, or a microwave to cook it.
Here are the basic steps to cook kodo millet:
- Wash and soak the kodo millet for at least 15 minutes.
- Drain the water and add fresh water in a ratio of 1:2 (one cup of kodo millet to two cups of water).
- Add salt and oil as per your taste and preference.
- Cook the kodo millet until it is soft and fluffy. You can check by pressing a grain between your fingers. It should be cooked but not mushy.
- Fluff with a fork and serve hot or cold.

How to use kodo millet in recipes?

Kodo millet is a versatile grain that can be used in various dishes, such as:
- Porridge: You can make a creamy and delicious porridge with kodo millet by adding milk, sugar, nuts, and fruits.
- Salad: You can toss cooked kodo millet with chopped vegetables, herbs, lemon juice, and olive oil for a refreshing salad.
- Pulao: You can make a spicy and flavorful pulao with kodo millet by sautéing onions, garlic, ginger, green chilies, and spices, and then adding cooked kodo millet and water.
- Dosa: You can make a crispy and healthy dosa with kodo millet by grinding soaked kodo millet with urad dal and fenugreek seeds, and then fermenting the batter overnight.
- Khichdi: You can make a comforting and nourishing khichdi with kodo millet by cooking it with moong dal, turmeric, salt, ghee, and cumin seeds.

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