Vegetables organic Little millets ( samai / rice )
While world wide Quinoa is touted as a high-protein grain, millets doesn’t lag behind either., preferred as substitute for rice, for many health reasons to treat obesity, diabetes and good cardiac health , it gives almost the same energy as Quinoa. Iron is present in millets twice as much as in quinoa and as millets being a low fat grain, is suited for those concerned with obesity .
A mixed millet diet is recommended as it can compensate for all the nutritional and vitamin deficiencies . Ayurveda recommends eating locally produced grains so millets should ideally be our first choice as the profiles of both are not very different .Quinoa is priced high as it is sourced from other countries , whereas millets are grown locally easily available at lesser cost …
To me Quinoa is simply a hyped up grain for India with its exorbitant cost in procuring as imported , we need to look at locally grown grains like millets cultivated and support our poor farmers .It doesn’t make sense to buy Quinoa at 1000 bucks when I can get millet variety at 100 per kg !..
This trend of bringing imported grains doesn’t serve any real purpose perhaps within the affluent community it satiates a elite need . Enough said .
Healthy nutritional profile apart I also select millets for a good variety of rice dishes as a lunch box for office or school as it gets done quickly unlike rice and the texture is good, with grains separated and doesnt mush up.
The recipe which I am sharing can be called a vegetable rice but more like a veg biryani as the spices used are more commonly used in Biryani masala powder blend .Personally am no fan of Biryani as I find the taste and flavors overwhelming sos i customize the recipe to suit my preference.