Varagu Rice / Kodo Millet
Kodo millet was domesticated in India almost 3000 years ago.
It is found across the old world in humid habitats of tropics and subtropics.
It is a minor grain crop in India and an important crop in the Deccan plateau.
The fiber content of the whole grain is very high. Kodo millet has around 11% protein, and the nutritional value of the protein has been found to be slightly better than
that of foxtail millet but comparable to that of other small millets.
As with other food grains, the nutritive value of Kodo millet protein could be improved by supplementation with legume protein.
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