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Finger Millet

Also Known As : Ragi, Nachani, Nachni
Technical Name : Eleusine coracana

Vegetarian

Usage Tips

  1. Ragi flour can be used to make flatbreads, dosas, idlis and biscuits.
  2. Ragi can be stored for a period of 10 years when not threshed.

Common names and forms

  1. Eleusine Coracana
  2. Extruded Ragi Flakes
  3. Finger Millet (Ragi) Flour
  4. Finger Millet flour
  5. Grain Flour (Ragi)
  6. Naachni
  7. Nachani Flour
  8. Organic Finger Millet
  9. Organic Ragi
  10. Organic Ragi Flour
  11. Organic Sprouted Ragi
  12. Pure Ragi
  13. Ragi (Finger Millet)
  14. Ragi atta
  15. Ragi Flakes
  16. Ragi Flour
  17. Ragi powder
  18. Ragi Seeds
  19. Ragi Whole
  20. Sprouted and Roasted Ragi (Finger Millet)
  21. Sprouted Ragi
  22. Sprouted Ragi Flour
  23. Whole Grain Ragi
  24. Whole Grain Ragi Flour
  25. Whole Ragi Flour

Description

Finger millet also known as Ragi, are an annual herbaceous plant. They are one of the nutritious cereal crops which is available as whole grain, flakes and grinded to form flour. They are also sprouted and consumed. Finger millet  is considered one of the most nutritious cereals. Being non-glutinous, finger millet is safe for people suffering from gluten allergy and celiac disease. It is non-acid forming, and hence easy to digest. It ranks sixth in production after wheat, rice, maize, sorghum and bajra in India. In India, ragi (finger millet) is mostly grown and consumed in Karnataka, and to a limited extent in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Goa.

 

Health benefits

  1. The potassium found in finger millet can help keep your kidneys and heart functioning properly. Potassium also helps your nerves transmit signals, which allows your brain and your muscles to work together smoothly. (1)

  2. Finger millet is also an excellent source of B vitamins, which play a role in everything from brain function to healthy cell division. B vitamins are even connected to a reduction in fatigue. (1)

  3. Finger millet  is a very good source of natural Iron and its consumption helps in recovery of Anemia. The Ragi based foods are highly suited for expectant mothers and elderly due to their high calcium and iron content. (2)

  4. Finger millet  consumption helps in relaxing the body naturally. It is beneficial in conditions of anxiety, depression and insomnia. It is also useful for migraines. (2)

  5. If consumed regularly, finger millet could help in keeping malnutrition, degenerative diseases and premature aging at bay. (2)

Note

  • Overconsumption of finger millet can show adverse effects in patients with kidney stones and urinary stones.(4)
  • It can even increase the amount of oxalic acid content in the human body.(4)

Resource & Links

(1) https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-finger-millet#1

(2) https://vikaspedia.in/health/nutrition/nutritive-value-of-foods/nutritive-value-of-cereals-and-millets/finger-millet-ragi-small-seeds-with-bigger-health-benefits 

(3) https://www.medicinalplantsanduses.com/ragi-health-benefits-finger-millet

 

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