Rich in Calcium
Finger Millet is one of the best non-dairy sources of calcium when compared to other grains and aids in maintaining healthy bones and teeth and to prevent osteoporosis.
Helps Control Diabetes
The finger millet grain’s seed is coated with polyphenols and dietary fibers; much like rice, maize, and wheat. This reduces the glycemic index which reduces food cravings and maintains the digestive pace, thereby keeping the blood sugar levels within the safe range.
Relaxes the Body
Regular consumption of Finger Millet is highly beneficial in dealing with conditions of anxiety, depression, and insomnia. The presence of antioxidants, mainly Tryptophan and amino acids, helps to work as natural relaxants.
A staple food in Lanka!
Finger millet, much similar to rice, is a staple food in many parts of the world. Finger millet is cultivated as one of the main crops in paddy field cultivation. Due to its high yield and low cost, finger millet is a popular crop amongst the local farmers. Finger Millet, locally known as kurakkan contains a lot of nutrients including energy, fat, protein, iron, calcium, and carotene.
One ingredient, Many Dishes!
There are many dishes that you can whip up with this amazing ingredient. Some of the popular Sri Lankan breakfast dishes are made using Kurakkan such as porridge, halapa, roti, pittu, string hoppers, and even the healthy breakfast drink known as Kurrakan Kanda. Finger Millet is very popular as a staple meal especially among heavy working villagers in Sri Lanka.
Finger Millet is high in protein and low in starch which makes it a very good weight-loss food. Finger Millet promotes energy as it contains many essential nutrients for the body. Finger Millet is rich in dietary fiber and calcium and several other minerals which makes it very popular among dieters and diabetes patients.
Finger Millet is rich in iron and calcium and is consumed by breastfeeding mothers as it is known to be beneficial for growing infants and makes a significant contribution to nutrition. Finger Millet flour is used in Ayurveda as a proven drug for cataracts and also as a remedy for coughs, pneumonia, kidney stones, and constipation.