Top 6 Foxtail Millet Dishes For A Nutrient-Packed Diet
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The Foxtail millet, referred to as "Kangni" in Hindi, "Korralu" in Telugu, "Korul" in Tamil, and "Navane" in Kannada, has been the talking point of the nutrition industry recently. This annual grass is the second most often planted variety of millets. This millet is mostly grown in the following states: Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and some areas of Northeast India.

According to some historians, foxtail millet was first cultivated in Cishan, China, along the historic Yellow River route. Rich in minerals, foxtail millet is said to support heart health and a smooth digestive system. Foxtail millet has the most notable protein level in its class—12.3 grams with its fibre content being 8 grams per 100 grams, according to ResearchGate.

This healthy millet is a great addition to any diet due to its nutritional value, flexibility, and flavour. So, if you want to incorporate kangni into your lifestyle, then these are the dishes that you should try:

Foxtail Millet Pulao

You can cook it into a pulao or a biryani, depending on your preference—foxtail millet pulao is quite easy to cook. It pairs well with any raita and tastes great. Other than the soaking period, this can be cooked in under 25 minutes. You can have this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and it will still be a complete and nourishing meal. This meal is safe for diabetics, and expectant mothers can also enjoy its many benefits.

Foxtail Millet Idli

Foxtail millet idli is a steamed cake cooked from foxtail millet and urad dal. Because foxtail millet is high in fibre, protein, and other vital elements, this version of the classic rice-based idli offers a healthier option. Idlis that are soft, fluffy, simple to digest, and give long-lasting energy are the result of fermenting the batter. Since sambar and chutneys are frequently paired with these idlis, they make a filling and healthy meal choice.

Foxtail Millet Laddoo

This is a traditional laddu that Kongunad makes during Pongal. Foxtail Millet Laddus are made by combining melted jaggery with roasted foxtail millet flour. While some homes do add peanuts, others do not. It's an extremely easy dish to prepare. But apart from Pongal, it can also be enjoyed on regular days as a healthy snack or dessert. Since it incorporates ingredients like jaggery, it can be a nutritious affair only if consumed in moderation.

Foxtail Millet Roti

To make foxtail millet roti, foxtail millet flour is combined with water, salt, and occasionally oil or ghee. Since foxtail millet is devoid of gluten and high in fibre, vitamins, and minerals, it's a healthy substitute for traditional wheat roti. It's a filling and nutritious dinner choice that goes well with many other foods, such as lentils, veggies, or curries.

Foxtail Millet Upma

With just a few ingredients, you can prepare this hearty breakfast or dinner. Because foxtail millet is high in fibre and packed with nutrients, it is a great alternative to rava or semolina. Because they are substantial, they are also a beneficial component for those with diabetes. 

The upma is simple to cook, and if you're a novice, you should definitely attempt this dish because it's healthy, full of veggies, and takes less time to prepare. It's a filling and thorough meal. For a hearty breakfast, serve it with coconut chutney or tomato onion chutney and filter coffee.

Foxtail Millet Dosa

You can never eat enough of this dish because it is low in calories and really nutritious. It is also quite tasty. It is the perfect South Indian breakfast because it is also vegan, gluten-free, and nutrient-dense. This is a diabetic-friendly, low-rice version of a crispy dosa. Serve the dosa with your favourite sides or condiments such as coconut chutney, sambar, or tomato chutney for the best experience.