Botanical Name: Panicum Miliaceum
Tamil Name: பனிவரகு – Pani Varagu
Hindi Name: बर्रि – barri
Malayalam Name: പാനിവരക്കു – pānivarakku
Telugu Name: వరిగులు – varigulu, Varagalu
About Proso Millets:
Lignans are an important phytonutrient present in millets that are very useful to humans. In the intestines of humans, the bacteria act on them and convert them to mammalian lignans that reduce the risk of cancers like breast cancer.
Useful in anti-aging: Proso millet has high anti-oxidant content. Anti-oxidants are substances that eliminate free radicals from your body.
Useful for the nervous system: It includes a high amount of lecithin. Lecithin is a compound that diffusely affects the nervous system and keeps it functioning smoothly.
Beneficial for strengthening bones: Proso millet contains high amounts of calcium which is important for bone health and maintenance.
Proso millet used to make a variety of dishes. It is a tiny, pale yellow colored seed that has a nutty flavor that can be either eaten plain or cooked.
It can be added into salads, stir-fried with veggies and tofu, or you can have it for breakfast added with some milk and honey.
Many traditional recipes available for cooking proso millet are also available in China because millet was a part of their staple diet for hundreds of years.
Proso millet needs to be stored in a dry and warm condition. If it is stored in this way, it can be used for as long as two to three years.