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 🙂