Millets, once a staple food in India had fast disappeared. However, once again the popularity of millets is growing and hence more people are using Samai or Little Millet.
Millets are rich in Fibers, slow-digesting carbohydrates and anti-oxidants. Its is an ideal food in diabetes, as it prevents abnormal spike in blood sugar level.
Millets are special amongst grains as they are nutritious, gluten-free, non-sticky and non-acid-forming. For those who are health conscious and wary about what they eat, experts suggest that millets should be a part of their daily regular diet.
Little Millet (Panicum miliare), one of the small millets, is called kutki in Hindi, sava (Marathi), gajro (Gujrati), same (Kannada), samai (Tamil), and samalu (Telugu).
Little millet is suitable for people of all age groups. Little millet is grown throughout India and is a traditional crop. It is a relative of proso millet but the seeds of little millet are much smaller than proso millet.
It is mostly consumed as rice & is commonly available across the country as a whole grain.
Little millet has a significant role in providing nutraceutical components such as phenols, tannins and phytates along with other nutrients.
Samai dosa, porridge, paddu and payasam from little millet are few traditional recipes in different millet growing states in India.