Kodo Millet is tiny, white, round grain, bigger in size than suji (semolina). It has multiple benefits -
-Low in calories: It is a good source of highly digestible protein and is least caloric dense compared to other cereals. Almost, one serving of barnyard millets (25g, raw) contains 75-83 calories and 1.5-1.9g of protein.
-Low in glycemix index: The carbohydrate content is quite low. Hence it can be recommended for patients with cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
-Dietary fiber: It contains good amount of both soluble and insoluble fiber. The content of fiber in this millet is highest compared to other millets; it is as high as 12.6% including soluble (4.2%) and insoluble (8.4%) fractions. It thus helps in preventing constipation, excess gas, bloating and cramping.
-Gluten free: Like all millets, Kodo millet is also gluten-free.
-Great source of iron: Some of its varieties have high amount of iron (18.6 mg in 100g of raw millet) which is the richest amongst all millets and cereal grains.
It can be served as porridge or Kheer to six to eight-month-old babies, and as cheela, dosa, idlis for children above one year. The flour is not easily available in the market, but you can grind it at home. Whole barnyard millets are commonly used to prepare upma, khichdi and pulav.
•Regular consumption of Kodo Millet is beneficial for postmenopausal women suffering from metabolic diseases like cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.
•It helps to hydrate your colon and prevent constipation.
•Controls your blood sugar.
•Contains a high amount of lecithin which is excellent for strengthening the nervous system.
•Rich in photo chemicals, phytates- reduces cancer risk.
•Useful in the treatment of inflammation, hemorrhages and general debility.
The flour can be used to make chapattis, idlis, porridge, cheela etc. You can also consume it in the form of khichdi with dal.