Owing to the Green revolution in the last few decades, the popularity of Mandua Atta or millet has taken a back seat in the Indian food market. Rice and wheat substituted this highly nutritious cereal in almost all households across the country. It is proven that millet and its variety can improve health when consumed regularly. A high-fiber, vitamin, and antioxidant-rich cereal, millets are one of the healthiest foods available.
Among all the millets- finger millet known by many other names in India is a great aid to health.
Finger millet is also known as Ragi in Southern India while known as Mandua Atta or Koda in The Northern part of India. Traditionally grown in arid and tropical regions, it is a native African crop.
Ranked high on the nutrition scale, Ragi is a staple food in South India. The production of Millet predominantly affected farming in the South. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu mark the highest production of finger millets in India. A variety of Ragi-based dishes are popular in states such as Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh.
The Finger Millet is known as Mandua or Koda in India's northern part and comes as a specialty from the Kumaun region in Uttarakhand. Mandua is one of the most grown cereals in the hills of Northern India. Kumaoni people use Mandua or Koda mostly for making chapati with its flour, also called as Mandua ka Atta or Koda ka Atta by Kumaoni people. The majority of people prefer this wholesome diet.
India is highly popular for its simple but mouth-watering delicacies prepared from Mandua/Koda ka Atta. Some of those dishes are given along with their recipes.
Ragi malt- A nutritious drink that is easy to digest.
Here are some listed benefits of Ragi/Mandua.
Ragi contains a plethora of required chemicals that help in lowering high blood sugar level by making the digestive process steady.
It contains high content of iron which helps to reduce fatigue and increase hemoglobin level in blood and thus, helping to treat anemia effectively.
Like the other millets, Ragi/Mandua contain a significant quantity of protein to prevent malnutrition.
Consuming finger millets aids in enhancing the brain, which helps in reducing anxiety.
Millets do not contain even a bit of cholesterol and sodium and help in preventing the risk of heart attacks.