Saamai Rice / Little Millet
Samai or Little millet is another reliable cash crop in view of its earliness and resistance to adverse agro-climatic conditions of high drought as well as water logging.
It is grown throughout India and a traditional crop of Karnataka.
It has received comparatively little attention from plant breeders.
The plant varies in height between 30 and 90 cm and its oblong panicle varies in length between 14 and 40 cm.
It is mostly mix cropped with other millets, pulses and oilseeds.
The seeds of little millet are smaller than those of common millet. It is generally consumed as rice and any recipe that demands staple rice can be prepared using
Millets are a natural source of protein and iron.
Millet is very easy to digest; it contains a high amount of lecithin and is excellent for strengthening the nervous system.
Millets are rich in B vitamins, especially niacin, B6 and folic acid, as well as the minerals calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc. Millets contain no gluten.
So they are not suitable for raised bread, but they are good for people who are gluten-intolerant.
Nutritional structure of the Millets