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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Setaria italica or the Foxtail millet

Fox tail millet : image released into the public domain by author Madhavi.
I bought a bag of  Foxtail millet in a specialized health food store. It is a common grain in south India and very moderately priced.
The nutritional values are as given below (the values are from icrisat site)

Nutritional value of foxtail millet grain (100 g-1)
Protein content: 10% to 12%
Energy: 351 kcal
Lysine content: 2.29% to 2.7%
Thiamin: 0. 59 (mg)
Fat content: 4% to 5%

The grains are very small and is quite bland after cooking but has an interesting flavor. It needs a spicy accompaniment to go along with it. It is filling and a good alternative to wheat and rice.
It is said to decrease blood sugar and the cholesterol levels in the blood.
(Preliminary research work has proved the same for experimental rats).

Thinai in Tamil
Korralu in Telugu.


  1. It is true that, it can be used with or without wheat and rice. It sounds well in any form whether spicy or sweet even. I have prepared few easy food recipes using foxtail millet.

    1. Yes - I boiled only the millet without wheat and rice - It was different...


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