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The Millets Grains

Millets are one of the oldest grains known to humanity.

Millets are a group of highly variable small-seeded grain, widely grown around the world as cereal crops or grains for fodder and human food. These grains are highly nutritious and are grown in marginal and low fertile soil.

Considered an ancient grain, millets are grown mainly in Indian subcontinent, and other Asian and African countries for more than 5000 years.

Millets do not require any fertilizers. They are completely pest free and do not require pesticides and so they are considered organic.

They grow in dry zone too and so even in drought or less water situation, this can still be grown and eaten.

They have low requirements of water and fertile soil compared to other popular cereal grains. There are quite a few varieties of these millets, of various shapes and sizes.

These are the very popular millets:

There were evidence that some of these millets were cultivated and consumed in Indus Valley Civilization.

Recently, these millets have come back to the kitchen and dinning tables in a big way.

Health conscious people are now consuming these millets to keep the ailments away.

The Millets were part of the diet of the Tamils for a very long time.

Many ancient Tamil literary works mention millets as a main food.

We will see many varieties here too: Congee, biriyani and many more.

Finger Millet Congee ( Remember Congee is a Tamil Word and in English)