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Karnataka promotes millets as healthy diet

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

Promoting millets as a healthy diet in modern times, the on Wednesday revived the state's ancient forgotten crop by making a few celebrity chefs prepare dishes from the grains at a culinary symposium here.

"Though millets have been a part of our heritage, it has been forgotten in recent times and almost disappeared from our Time is ripe to revive it as a healthy diet and make it a part of our daily life," at the daylong event.

The said though traditional wisdom recognised the benefits of indigenous crops, modern consumers were still on the lookout for healthy options.

"As we are also in the same quest for healthy options, is at the forefront of promoting choices like organic and millets," asserted Gowda.

Celebrity chefs Ravitej Nath, Kasi Viswanath, Ajith Raman, Sandip Narain, and prepared dishes from a variety of millets on the occasion to promote the grain as a

"Our aim is to introduce millets into homes of all people and prove that its dishes can be if we use them instead of other grains like rice or wheat that are not gluten-free and have much less nutrients," said of at the event.

The state has been organising workshops, panel discussions, culinary shows and exhibitions over the months on various dishes made from millets to educate the masses on the health benefits of the age-old crop.

"We are reinventing the past as millets had gone out of fashion. The state is trying to make millets the food of the future through various initiatives and ensure farmers get their due remuneration as the crop can be grown with less water," Vijaya Baskaran, who is also the of the (IFCA).

According to Chennai-based Seetharam Prasad, millets are more suitable for human digestive system as they get processed faster than other grains like rice and wheat.

"Millets also develop probiotics after consumption. Eating local is the best," he added.

Unique dishes like Foxtail and cheese stuffed chicken, grilled tomato and finger soup, various Lasagnas dishes, just blacked brownie, jalebi sorghum, pearl millet choco bar were also on display at the event.



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First Published: Wed, December 20 2017. 22:40 IST