Consumption of white rice and other refined and polished grains has led to an increased incidence of type 2 diabetes. There is a rich heritage of millet cuisines across India which is getting lost and it is time to dig deep into this rich heritage to control diabetes. Our Grandparents lived a wholesome fulfilling lives with no major illness like diabetes, hypertension, or hyperglycemia.The food they consumed was diverse and they used to include local and seasonal fruits vegetables and grains in their diet. Millet, rather than polished rice was consumed and with time people replaced the healthy millet with polished rice as people considered it better food.
Many people suffer from both Diabetes and hypertension because of poor diet choices and lifestyle choices. Many people with diabetes also have hypertension, or high blood pressure. Having these conditions together can make them both worse. Hypertension and diabetes generally coexist because they share similar risk factors, including being overweight, following an unhealthy diet, and living an inactive lifestyle.
The term ‘millet’ is widely used to refer to a variety of grains that are popular for their culinary uses as well as their health-promoting qualities.The health benefits of millets are such that it treats coronary artery disorder, helps in weight loss, reduces risk of colon cancer, helps to decrease high blood pressure, controls diabetes, good source of antioxidants, helps in slowing down muscle degradation, aids in sleep, helps in relieving menstrual cramps, aids breast milk production, improves skin elasticity.
There are different types of millets for example Sorghum (Jowar), Finger Millet (ragi), Pearl Millet ( Bajra), Barnyard Millet etc. In India roti are often made from millet flour and used as the basis for meals. Millets are grains that do not have any gluten. Those who have experimented with rolling out ragi, jowar or bajra rotis will vouch for how much easier it is to roll out wheat rotis. You can mix wheat flour with millet flour if you do not have to follow a gluten free diet.
We have made some amazing diabetic friendly millet roti, curry, dal, salad and pickle combinations for you which will go a long way towards improving our health and control your diabetes. So do try these delicious recipes.
1.Tofu Methi Paratha, Karela Masala Sabzi, Tomato Onion Cucumber Raita & Tindora Sambharo
2. Ragi Tawa Paratha, Mangalorean Kadle Manoli, Mor Kuzhambu & Instant Raw Mango Pickle
3. Jowar Bajra Garlic Roti, Turai Moong Dal, Nellikai Pachadi & Green Chilli Pickle
4. Palak Ragi & Oats Thepla, Moong Dal With Bitter Gourd & Bottle Gourd, Lauki Raita & Gajar Shimla Mirch Sambharo
5. Mixed Millet Phulka,Spinach Paneer Kofta Curry, Dangar Pachadi With Grated Carrots & Instant Lemon Pickle
6. Jowar Atta Pyaz Thepla, Bharli Bhendi, Palak Raita & Tangy Lemon Pickle
7. Ragi Murungai Keerai Adai ,Spiced Butter Milk, South Indian Kosambari & Hurali Kalu Chutney
8. Palak Makki Ki Roti, Baingan Bharta, Kala Chana Salad With Carrots,Cucumber,Tomatoes & Masala Chaas
9. Mooli Jowar Ki Roti, Drumstick Masala Sabzi, Rajma Salad & Mustard Green Chilli Pickle
10. Drumstick Leaves Ragi Roti, Dal Vangi, Sprouted Green Gram Kosambari & Instant Cucumber Pickle
11. Methi Jowar Ragi Thalipeeth, Moong Dal With Radish Greens, Chatpata Lobia Chaat & Turmeric, Ginger And Chilli Pickle
12. Ragi Wheat Phulka, Badanekai Yennegai Gojju, Carrot Beet Amaranth Super Salad & Dill Cucumber Raita
13. Carrot Methi Jowar Thepla, Jackfruit Masala Sabzi, Vazhaithandu Pachadi & Gajar Shalgam Ka Pani Wala Achar
14. Ragi Ujju Rotti, Kodava Kummu Curry, Green Moong Sprouts Salad & Pavakka Pachadi
15. Jolada Roti, Murungai Keerai Kollu Kuzhambu, Cucumber, Red Radish, Tomatoes & Onion Salad & Lime Leaves Pickle
16. Bajre Ki roti, Moringa Masoor Dal, Kachumber Salad & Uchellu Chutney
17. Gehun Bhajra Thepla, Saunf Wali Hari Gobi, Pavakka Pachadi & Lehsun Amla Chutney
18. Multigrain Methi Thepla With Ragi, Soy & Whole Wheat, One Pot Punjabi Rajma Masala ,Gajar Amla Raita Recipe & Green Chutney