Let's admit it, ragi, jowar, bajra and other ancient grains are back in vogue. With more and more people getting health conscious over the years, India witnessed the return of these healthy grains in our daily life. Today, you will find different food items made out of millets stashed in every fitness enthusiast's pantry. Some of the most common ones are multi-grain bread, popped sorghums and nachni chips. But, are these treats really good for health? According to celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar, these ready-made foods are "invariably packaged and processed", which might hamper the rich nutrient-profile of these grains. Hence, she recommends people to opt for natural ways "to eat millets where we can access all of their nutrients and create no ecological waste."
The celebrity nutritionist recently took to her Instagram handle to share a video on one of the best ways to include millets in our daily diet - and it is in form of rotla or bhakri. A staple in Gujarat and Maharashtra, these Indian flatbreads make for a complete meal when paired with dal, sabzi and achar. They are healthy, nutritious and fulfilling to the core.
How To Make Bhakri/Rotla | Easy Tips To Make Bhakri/Rotla Effortlessly:
Making bhakri is not an easy job for all. As per culinary experts, the dough needs to be perfectly kneaded to prepare the flatbread without breaking it. Keeping that in mind, Rujuta Diwekar, in the video, shared a quick tip to knead the atta perfectly.
"I know that it's tough to make the rotlas and that they break; but that's where adding the warm water in flour helps," she wrote alongside the video post.
All you need to do now is prepare soft dough, make small balls out of it and hand-press it untill you get round shape of the roti. Do not use rolling pin to flatten the roti. Cook it on tawa (preferably iron tawa) and serve hot.
Click here for the step-by-step recipe of Bhakri.
Why Should You Have Millet Bhakri Everyday | Health Benefits of Millet Bhakri:
According to Diwekar, apart from being inexpensive and local, millet is a storehouse of nutrients:
- It is rich in fibre, amino acids, B-vitamins, minerals etc that offer an overall benefit to our health.
- Niacin, a type of B-vitamin found in millets, is useful in energy production, nerve health and keeps the digestive tract healthy. It is also good for the ones with food intolerances.
- The magnesium, zinc and fibre found in millets make it an excellent food for blood sugar regulation, especially for people with PCOD and diabetes.
- The folic acid helps with iron assimilation and improves skin, health and fertility.
Rujuta Diwekar also shared some tips to get the best result out of bhakri:
- Never mix millets randomly in a recipe (like multigrain bread). Have them one at a time.
- Finish the meal with jaggery and ghee.
- Always add some chutney by the side of your bhakri and sabzi.
"So remember - A millet bhakri a day, keeps the dullness away. Millets are not a replacement for your rice and wheat roti, which you should continue having," she added.
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