Millets are small seeded grasses which have been cultivated in South India for many years. Especially in Telugu states, millets are produced widely. Millets are called in Telugu as “Chiru Dhanyalu”. Compare to rice, millets are very helpful in preventing several health issues, including type 2 diabetes, obesity, asthma, breast cancer, colon cancer, blood pressure, heart diseases, gastric ulcers and etc. They are rich minerals, iron, phosphorus and vitamins. They are very easy digest and give instant energy. There are different types of millets available in Telugu states. Let’s know some of the top millets names in Telugu and English one by one:
Best Millets Names in Telugu and English:
1. Foxtail Millet/Italian Millet/German Millet:
In Telugu, foxtail millet is called as “Korralu”. Korralu is rich in fiber, proteins and vitamins. It is reported to be useful in obesity, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, fits and heart diseases. We can cook it like rice and also dishes like idli, dosa and upma.
2. Little Millet:
Little millet is called in Telugu as “Samalu”. Samalu contains vitamins, fibers, proteins, minerals and carbohydrates. Consumption of these grains eliminates your health problems like PCOD and infertility.
3. Kodo Millet:
Kodo millet is called in Telugu as “Arika/Arikelu”. Arikelu is diabetic friendly grains. Useful in diabetes, constipation and anemia. It improves the immunity system of the body.
4. Barnyard Millet:
In Telugu, Barnyard millet is called as “Udalu or Kodisama“. Udalu is anti acidic and gluten free. It helps in controlling cholesterol, liver and kidney problems. Dishes like Idli, upma and dosa can be made with these grains.
5. Brown top Millet:
Browntop millet is called in Telugu as “Andu Korralu“. Andu korralu is rich in protein, fibre, minerals and vitamins. Reported to be useful in thyroid, arthritis, obesity and high blood pressure.
6. Pearl Millet:
Pearl Millet is called in Telugu as “Sajjalu”. Sajjalu improves the immunity system and detoxify body. It helps to prevent type 2 diabetes and gallstones. Telugu people make many dishes with sajjalu like sajje rotti and sajja ambali.
7. Finger Millet:
In Telugu, Finger millet is called as “Ragi Chodi“. Ragi is widely used millets compare to other millets. It mainly helpful in weight loss and anemia. Ragi rotti, Ragi Sangati and ragi java are the commonly appeared dishes in Telugu states.
8. Proso Millet/Common Millet:
Proso millet is called in Telugu as “Variga“. Variga is a rich source of folic acid and vitamins. It has high antioxidant contents like carotenoids and polyphenols. It strengthens the immunity system and control cholesterol levels.
9. Great Millet/Sorghum:
Sorghum called in Telugu as “Jonnalu“. Jonnalu is widely used gluten free millets. It helps to control bad cholesterol and hair fall. jonna rotti and jonna ambali are the popular dishes.
Finally, millets are being hailed as a superfood and some even refer to it as a miraculous food. These humble seed grains offer a myriad of health benefits and bring about positive changes in our lifestyle. Include them in your diet routine in the form of chapattis, porridge, or baked recipes to experience its health benefits.