Saturday, 10 January 2015

5 Amazing Health Benefits of Kambu | Bajra | Sajjalu | Bajri

 

Kambu | Bajra has been consumed for many years by our ancestors and it has many health benefits. There are lot of traditional recipes with bajra that is still made the way our ancestors did which is both very healthy and tasty. Kambu is called Pearl Millet in English, Bajra in Hindi, Sajjalu in Telugu and Bajri in Gujarati. In our house we make different traditional recipes with kambu and if you pair it well with a suitable side dish, even children will enjoy eating kambu. My son prefers the regular rice dosa (pancakes) to kambu dosa, as rice dosas are more crispier but now after explaining to him about the health benefits of kambu, he is eating it more often now. There is one main thing  about the traditional diet that our ancestors followed, it is eating according to the season. Now with kambu, the main recipe is the porridge made with broken kambu. Kambu porridge is made only during hot summer season and if you are a South Indian, you must have seen that most of the homes will have kambu porridge for lunch during hot summer. It is one of the best body coolants and my mother in law insists that we eat kambu porridge daily during peak summer. You will be less likely to suffer from heat strokes, ulcers and dehydration, if you make it a habit of eating kambu porridge in summer. I used to love watching vendors who sell kambu porridge. The kambu porridge is usually kept in huge clay pots which keeps the porridge cool and usually there will be plenty of accompaniments like homemade vadams and vathals to go with it. But nowadays the vendors who sell these traditional drinks are slowly decreasing as we are taking to drinking harmful sugary drinks. A few years back, sugary drinks were not available in villages, nowadays I see these drinks in every small shop in most of the villages. I think it is high time we educate our kids about the traditional drinks like kambu porridge that is usually cheap, good for the body and soul along with keeping us healthy. Kambu apart from being a body coolant also is good for treating constipation, acidity and it is full of nutrients.



1. Kambu | Bajra For Diabetics:

Kambu is one of the best ingredients that diabetics can include in their diet. Kambu dosai is a regular in our home and the best combination for this dosai is peanut chutney. This combination has been followed for many years and that is how we always eat the dosai. When you have a breakfast like this that is high in GI,  it prevent blood sugar spikes and keep us satiated till lunch. If I have this breakfast, I know I will be full till lunch without any hunger pangs. Diabetic patients when they include traditional food like this that is full of nutrients, good fats and low in glycemic index can keep blood sugar level under check without any great effort.

2. Kambu | Bajra For Weight Loss:

Kambu is a great ingredient to include in weight loss diet, as it keep us satiated for a long time like I mentioned before. Another thing with kambu is that it settles the stomach after consuming it. I think many of you will understand when I say settle the stomach, it is a nice feeling after having a meal, whereas when we eat a meal high in processed food we never get a satisfied feeling and within an hour or two we are hungry again. Including foods that keep us satiated for a long time along with providing us with the required nutrients is the main key to natural weight loss. Try to include kambu along with other millet's to get fat burning under way :)

3. Kambu | Bajra For Infants & Children: Keeps the Hair & Skin Healthy

Please encourage children to consume kambu as it full of minerals and vitamins that keeps the hair and skin healthy: 100gms of bajra contains around 12gm of protein, 42 mg of calcium and 8 mg of iron. Kambu is also one of the few ingredients that rarely cause allergies in anyone. In my home, I buy the whole kambu and grind it into a powder. I find that when I grind it fresh, it has the best flavor and aroma. I cook the ground bajra along with water into a thick mass. I then roll them into balls and then immerse it in water and then I keep it in the refrigerator.  To consume, take a ball from the refrigerator and mix it with thick yogurt. You can spice it up with finely cut green chillies, shallots and coriander leaves. According to me there is no food to match this for children in terms of nutrition and as a body coolant in summer. This mixture can be given to children from 2 years onwards, skip the spicing part for young children.

4. Kambu | Bajra For Constipation:

If you are suffering from constipation, try eating bajra and the next day you will find that you don't have any constipation problem, that is because of the high fiber content of bajra. I would prefer eating bajra as a porridge in the afternoon along with yogurt. In the form of dosais, paniyaram in the night or morning breakfast. I would like to eat it dosais and paniyaram with coconut chutney or like mentioned before peanut chutney. Even last week when I was eating it, I was thinking what a nice simple wholemeal it was and just 2 dosais would fill me up. When consuming food like this you will never have any constipation problems at all. What I have given is just a few ideas to include kambu in daily diet that I regularly make, but you can get creative and include it in many recipes. if we make it a point to eat more of bajra, I am sure we will find a way to include it in our diet.

5. Kambu | Bajra the Best Allergy Food: Good For Lactating Mothers

I was actually surprised when a health magazine announced that many Indians are gluten intolerant and we lead our lives without ever realizing it. Even me, though I love chappathis, I find it hard to digest especially if I have it in hotels with fat added to the flour and sometimes I get a very bloated feeling. But you will never experience this kind of bloating consuming bajra. I have noticed it several times, though sometimes I have consumed bajra dosai that is a bit greasy, I have never felt bloated at all. It is also one of the foods that can be consumed by both elders and children. Bajra also is good for lactating mothers and should be included in their diet very often as it increases the breast milk supply. If you are suffering from pcos try including these traditional recipes a lot in your diet. Since Pongal festival is around the corner, almost all the homes in our village will be preparing kamba maavu, a high iron food that is made with jaggery, ground bajra and spices. Since we are farmers, Pongal festival is very very special to us and we make a lot of this kamba maavu along with other traditional sweets and gift it to everyone during Pongal. I have never seen a single person complain of stomachache after eating kamba maavu only that they didn't get enough of it. I hope after reading this article that you will start consuming more of kambu in the daily diet :)





39 comments:

  1. I've only found and been reading your blog about a couple of month, and it's obvious how much work you've put in it.

    The only 2 suggestions I have, if I may, are :
    1) Make the table size in % instead of static. That's because the fon't size may be small for some readers. Trying to increase the font size, makes the text go beyond the screen size, which requires going back and forth manually - for every sentence.
    2) Add the Bangla Names too for Plants/Herbs.

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    1. Hi, Thanks a lot for your suggestions, I maintain the blog myself and I am not very tech savvy, If I can figure it out I will surely do it. As for Bangla names, I will try adding them from on.....

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  2. At flowersofindia dot net
    You can look up the Bengali or other Indian language names by typing the Tamil, English or Latin name in the search box.

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    1. or try ethnobotanybd dot com
      for Bangala names

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  3. Hello,
    I too want to start using bajra recipes.I am a total fan of south indian cuisine. I stayed with my parents for a long time over 20 years In Bangalore. So my mother knows most of the recipes that we got to taste there

    I want to make a simple request. I have the paniyaram patra with me.Can you send me a few of the bajra recipes like dosai, porridge and paniyaram and many more so that we too can benefit from it. My mother would love them too

    Warm Regards
    Kirti

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    1. Kirti, please give me your mail address, I will send the recipes to you.....

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  4. Hi Ramya,
    Thanks to your blog I got introduced to Bajra and other millets. It would be very helpful if you can tell us how to consume millets according to the season. As in Ahmedabad, we make bajra ladoo and bajra roti in winters, I liked the idea of consuming Bajra in buttermilk in summers. Could you please also tell us the traditional way of preparing Bajra and Ragi (fermented version) drinks for summers.

    warm regards
    Sonal

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    1. Hi Sonal, I will try my best to post those recipes very soon....

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    2. Why in south it's taken during summer to keep cool ....and in north it's taken during winter for warmth?

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  5. Hi,
    the post is interesting and very informative. We eat less of bajra in Andhra Pradesh. But I guess knowing its benefits, we must increase the intake of sajjalu.

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  6. Thanks for your information. It is really good.
    I worked in TN for 10 years and visited entire rural TN.i know that people consume RAGI but my friends never told me about BAJRA. My wife is high diabetic aged 63.Can you please post receipe for bajra dosa,pariyaram,porridge etc to my email gjlaal@gmail.com.
    BLESS YOU DAUGHTER

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    1. I will send the recipes for you sir....:)

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    2. Hi Mam.. can you send the receipe to haneesha111@gmail.com.. I wish to loose weight

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    3. Hiii i also need recipes to loose weight pls send recipes

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  7. I am following your recipes that I am preparing at home as Breakfast everyday, and I see positive changes in my Health, feeling Brisk that sugar level under normal.

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  8. Hi..can we eat bajra rotis in summer

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    1. Yes you can, in fact it is highly recommended to eat bajra during summer...

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  9. hi mam, pl send all bajra recipes for me.i like it very much... my mail id abikannan2409@gmail.com

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  10. Hello Mam,

    Came across your blog while searching for the English word for Kambu. Very much informative blog. Thank you so much. Prepared Kambu dosa and taking it to office for Potluck Lunch.

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  11. How much carbohydrates in this

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    1. Kambu | pearl millet has around 67.5 grams of carbohydrates for every 100 grams...

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  12. Is it good food for bodybuilding....can u tell me the perctage of proteins and carbs present in it...

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    1. Bajra | kambu is a high carbohydrate food. It has around 67 grams of carbohydrate and 11.8 grams of protein for every 100 grams in raw form....

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  13. Ramya can you please send me some of your bajra recipes.My mail id is rbhagirathi15@gmail.com

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  14. Hi Ramya..Nice information..Can you please post me few weight losing and anti-diabetic recipes using millets? My email id is divyadupati@gmail.com. Thank you!

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  15. Hi Mam Myself Murali from chennai from past one year I am having one side right side forehead headache I last for 1hr daily,this headache comes daily correctly at 11:00 am it's pain last for 1hr when I consulted neurologist he asked me to take CT Scan and Eye check these both I took both result had no problem,even though I am getting this headache once in six months it's episode last for 2 months,please suggest me some remedies for this please my doctor say this is cluster headache similar to migriane, my doctor suggest me painkiller and some migraine tablet I am 22 years old please give some remedies Mam thank in advance. my mail id rmurali364@gmail.com please revert back mam

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    1. Hi, I would suggest keelanelli thailam for treating headache, please try the remedy regularly and let me know how you feel. You can find all the information about it here: keelanelli

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    2. Hi Ramya,

      Good to hear these kind of traditional and nutritional information. Very helpful. Could you please post or send Bajra recipes to my email id: ajjji.shailu@gmail.com

      please post more food items which will be helpful for new generation. lets make our next generation and healthy including us.
      Best of luck.

      Thanks

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  16. hi mam can you send good and healthy breakfast receipes to enjoyexperiments@gmail.com

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  17. Good day Mam,

    Nice and very useful information .If possible could you please send Kambu recipes to my mail id svenkateshshanmugam@gmail.com

    Regards,
    Venkatesh.

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  18. Hi gud information
    I m using bajra and ragi flour
    Can u post receipe how to make dosa using flour

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    1. Soak 1/4 cup of urad dal along with a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water for an hour and grind to a smooth paste. Add the ground paste to a cup of brajra or ragi flour along with salt. Let it ferment overnight, the next day morning you can make dosas....

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  19. Madam I want to consume bajra by soaking in winter. How much quantity of bajra I have to soak in water.

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    1. Bajra has to be cooked before consuming. We generally wash and grind to a powder in a dry mixer and then add it to water in the ratio of 1: 3 along with salt and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Once cool, we make small balls out of it and consume every day...

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  20. Hi Mam,
    i Want to reduce weight, can you tel me how to take kambu | Ragi? in morning or night? how much quantity need to take? also send me the recipes to trkmagesh@gmail.com

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  21. Hi Ramya,
    I need to do weight loss, Can you tel me how to take Kambu | Ragi? how much quantity ? i need to take morning or evening? Also can you send me recipes to trkmagesh@gmail.com

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  22. Hi Ramya Mam, pl send me some kambu recipes to my mail id.

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  23. Is bajra good during first trimester of pregnancy?

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