8 Benefits of Pearl Millet or Bajra

Pearl Millet Description

Pearl Millet (Cenchrus Americanus, commonly known as Pennisetum glaucum) is the most widely grown type of millet. Bajra is the traditional Hindi name for Pearl Millet. Some common names of Pearl Millet are Dukn, Cumbu, Gero, Sanio, Kambu, Babala, or Bulrush millet. Pearl Millet grows in various shades of white, yellow, gray, brown, and bluish-purple. Pearl Millets or Bajra can be found in multiple edible forms for daily consumption. It can be used it as flour to make flatbreads or dosa, grains to make porridge, processed grains as poha or upma for breakfast, and ready to eat snacks or multigrain cookies. The enormous health benefits of Bajra make it a perfect nutraceutical food, optimum for regular consumption by all.

Bajra is of high nutritional value and thus is one of the healthiest edible millet in Indian Households. It contains Calories: 201, Protein: 6 grams, Fat: 1.7 grams, Carbohydrates: 40 grams, Fiber: 2 grams, Sodium: 286 mg, Folate: 8% of the Daily Value (DV), Iron: 6% of the DV, Magnesium: 18% of the DV, Thiamine: 15% of the DV, Niacin: 14% of the DV, Phosphorus: 14% of the DV, Zinc: 14% of the DV, Riboflavin: 11% of the DV and Vitamin B6: 11% of the DV.

Bajra is high in beneficial plant chemicals like antioxidants, polyphenols, and photochemicals, all of which contributes to optimal human health in many ways. Like most other millets, Bajra is a nutrient-dense ‘super food’ which is rich in protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, mineral and plant chemicals.  Pearl millets are easily digested and well tolerated by little babies and this makes them a mandatory ingredient for baby food preparations during the weaning period and even later on.

Health Benefits of Pearl Millet   

Pearl Millets are power-packed with carbohydrates, essential amino acids, antioxidants, thiamine, riboflavin, folic acid, niacin, beta carotene, and minerals like iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc. And because of these properties, it becomes a wonderful ‘super food’ which can be included in the diet without any doubt. It fulfills the requirements of an adult human body and along with this, people consider it as one of the most nutritious baby foods. So, here are some of the renowned health benefits of Pearl Millet or Bajra are:

Maintains Blood Sugar Level

Pearl Millet/Bajra contains ample amounts of carbohydrates that are digested slowly and maintain a stable blood glucose level for a long period, and, this makes them a healthy food option for diabetics.

Gluten-Free Millet

People with celiac disease and gluten intolerance can opt for a pearl millet-based diet because it is gluten-free and everyone can tolerate it easily.

Maintains Bone Health

The high phosphorus, iron and calcium content of Bajra helps in making your bones stronger. Along with this, it also provides stamina to the body.

Reduces Bad Cholesterol

Pearl millets contain an adequate amount of good fat which is the desired quality of food for high cholesterol patients.

Prevents Constipation

Pearl Millet, being rich in dietary fibers, helps in preventing constipation, and therefore, keeps the digestive system healthy.

Ideal for Weight Management

It is an ideal ‘super food’ for weight management and obesity. Hence, provides proper nutrition to the weight conscious people.

Rich in Antioxidants

Bajra being rich in antioxidants, reduces the free radical damage in the body and prevents early ageing, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, cardiovascular diseases, and also, aids in wound healing.

Reduces Acidity

Pearl millet or Bajra is one of the few foods which reduce the acidity of the stomach thereby, limiting ulcer formation and discomfort due to frequent bouts of acidity.

Healthy Recipes of Pearl Millet

Pearl Millet or Bajra or Kambu is one of the most prominent millets and is widely used because of the health benefits it offers, and so, here we present the 5 Most Loved Recipes of Pearl Millet:

Pearl Millet or Bajra Idli

We require whole Bajra, rice, urad dal and a few fenugreek seeds to make the batter and then we ferment the batter and cook it. Also, for complete recipe, visit the video link below:

Pearl Millet or Bajra Dosa

We prepare it with pearl millet, pressed rice, salt, water, urad dal, fenugreek seeds and refined oil. Also, for complete recipe, visit the video link below:

Pearl Millet or Bajra Khichdi

We can make it like the normal moong dal khichdi with Bajra, moong dal, salt and ghee. Also, for complete recipe, visit the video link below:

Bajra Roti

We usually prepare it with Bajra dough, like a normal roti, water and ghee. Also, for complete recipe, visit the video link below:

Bajra Biscuit

We cook them by using Bajra flour, ghee and cardamom. Also, for complete recipe, visit the video link below:

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