Pearl Millet commonly known as Bajra in India is rich in essential compounds like protein, fibre, phosphorus, magnesium and iron. Due to its rich composition of minerals and proteins, Pearl Millet has many health benefits. It contains essential amino acids and vitamins also which contribute to its therapeutic properties. Taking a trip towards the western side of India, you’ll commonly find the locals eating chapati made of bajra.
- Because of its high fibre content, it tends to digest slowly and release glucose at a slower rate as compared to other foods. This helps in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels for a long period of time.
- Bajra is rich in insoluble fibre that aids digestion. It also reduces secretion of bile acids and is linked to a lowered risk of gallstone formation.
- It has cancer-protecting properties. A study showed that regular intake of bajra protects pre-menopausal women from developing breast cancer.
- Being high in fibre content, it takes a longer time for the grain to move from the stomach to the intestines. This way, bajra curbs hunger for a long span of time.
- It contains phytochemical, which is called phytic acid believed to increase cholesterol metabolism. It also stabilises the level of cholesterol in the body.
Recipe: Bajra Ladoos (Pearl Millet Ladoos)
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 20 pieces
- 1 cup Pearl millet bajra
- 2 tbsp ghee / clarified butter
- 2 tbsp edible acacia gum gond, dink
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 2 pods green cardamom
- 1/2 cup jaggery raw cane sugar or use palm sugar
- 1/2 cup ghee / clarified butter
- Dry roast the pearl millet till it turns crunchy and a roast smell comes out.
- Remove and set aside in a plate to cool.
- Place 2 tbsp of ghee in the wok , place gum into it.
- When the gum gets heated up it becomes puffy and a bit powdery in texture. remove and set to to drain
- Now, roast the raisins in the remaining ghee for a while till they are a bit puffy too. drain and set aside to cool.
- Add the pearl millet, crushed jaggery, the puffed gum and cardamom pods into the spice mill in small quantities and powder well
- Now add in the raisins with a small quantity of the powdered mixture and get it crushed too.
- Remove the mixture on to a plate
- Take a little amount of mixture in your hands and add a few drops of ghee to it .
- mix well and press it down to form a nice neat ball.
- Serve the ladoos with a cup of warm milk or turmeric latte.
All the above-mentioned health benefits are not scientifically tested by B&B organics. The farmers believe that the substance showed these characteristics.