Tuesday, December 18, 2007

 

The humble Bajra

Bajra crop
Bajra, a foodgrain known in English as Millet, is cultivated extensively in Rajasthan. It is consumed locally as leavened bread called Bajre ri roti, or as a gruel called Bajre ri khicdi.

Bajre ri roti


Bajre ri roti



In other parts of India Bajra (Millet) seeds are used as bird-feed!



However Bajra is known to possess phytochemicals that lower cholestrol, plenty of fibre, folate, iron, magnesium, copper and zinc, and vitamins E and B-comlpex. The humble Bajra is particulalry noted for its high iron content.




Whole Grains

Some people are increasingly aware that fruits and vegetables contain disease-fighting phytochemicals and antioxidants, but they do not realize whole grains too offer many health benefits including many that are not found in fruit an vegetables. For example, whole grains have some valuable antioxidants not found in fruits and vegetables, as well as B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, iron and fiber.




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