The UN has declared 2023 as the ‘International Year of Millet’. India may be one of the largest producers and consumers of rice and wheat, but it also has a rich repertoire of millet such as Ragi, Jowar, Bajra, Barnyard millet and many more that have been an intrinsic part of our cuisine since time immemorial. , but they remain criminally underrated in most of the country. In regions like Rajasthan and parts of Karnataka, the fields are not conducive to growing rice, so millets like Bajra and Ragi are given priority and provide nutrition.
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Millet is often referred to as the “food of the poor” as it does not enjoy the same cultural supremacy as rice, but the Indian government is determined to change this image.
Finger millet is one of the popular millets used in Indian dishes.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar handed out prizes at Delhi Haat at the launch of the three-day ‘Culinary Millet Carnival’. Ragi Modak recipe by cooking students Shalini Raj Soni and Om Shantani from the Institute of Hotel Management, Delhi, took first prize. The salad recipe based on three millets (bajra, jowar and foxmillets) in tricolor tones by Anubhav Nautiyal and Saksham Kaushal, students at the Chitkara School of Hospitality (Punjab), won second prize. While third place was sealed by a Sweet Pongal made from millet by Hiranmoy Chalita and Hansika Jandhayala, students of the Indian Culinary Institute (Nodia).
In the run-up to ‘International Year of Millet 2023’, the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare is organizing various programs to promote and encourage the production and consumption of millet in India and the world. Contrary to popular opinion, many parts of India rely heavily on millet for their daily nutrition. Therefore, from a food security point of view, this ‘food of the poor’ simply cannot be ignored.
This Ragi Dosa is one of the reasons why we can never have enough millet. Try this recipe soon and you will know what we mean.