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         Breakfast Recipes -3
 

Steamed Quinoa

Soak half a cup of quinoa grain in 3/4th cup water 12 to 24 hrs. Steam it in the pressure cooker. After cooling, add milk or soy milk with or without nut mix.

Steamed Quinoa 'Upma'

Soak half a cup quinoa in 3/4th cup water for 12 to 24 hrs. Steam it in the pressure cooker. In a pan, heat one teaspoon or a tablespoon of unrefined sesame oil or unrefined coconut oil or butter or ghee.

      Add half a teaspoon of cumin seeds and 1/4 teaspoon of asafetida powder. When cumin seeds splutter, add  cooked quinoa and mix well. Add salt and serve.

Health Benefits

The Native Americans  included quinoa in their treatment of a number of ailments, such as urinary tract problems, tuberculosis, appendicitis, liver problems, altitude sickness, and motion sickness. Natives of the Andes claim it helps strengthen women during pregnancy and postpartum, and promotes healthier milk in nursing mothers. 

         Quinoa is gluten free and considered an ideal food for those prone to food allergies. Common allergens include grains from the grass family such as corn and wheat. Quinoa, a leafy grain, is not in the grass family, making it beneficial for people who cannot tolerate common grains like wheat, corn, rye, barley, and oats. The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization considers quinoa equal to milk in its quality of protein. Most grains are deficient in the amino acid, lysine. Because quinoa has an adequate quantity of lysine, it is considered to contain all the essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. 

Quinoa possesses larger quantities of calcium, fat, iron, phosphorus, and B vitamins than many other grains. Quinoa is high in minerals and B vitamins, especially vitamin B6.


Steamed Buckwheat

Soak half a cup buckwheat grain in 3/4th cup for 12 to 24 hrs. Steam it in the pressure cooker and then after cooling add sliced banana and eat.

Steamed Buckwheat 'Upma'

Soak half a cup buckwheat in 3/4th cup water for 12 to 24 hrs. Steam it in the pressure cooker. In a pan, heat one teaspoon or a tablespoon of unrefined sesame oil or unrefined coconut oil or butter or ghee.

      Add half teaspoon of cumin seeds and quarter teaspoon of asafetida powder. When cumin seeds splutter, add  cooked buckwheat and mix well. Add salt and serve.

Health Benefits

         Buckwheat contains chiro-inositol which, in research, shows to be effective in lowering the symptoms of  type II Diabetes. Regular consumption of one ounce of buckwheat has been shown to lower blood pressure. According to a study conducted by John Hopkins Medical Institute, subjects who consumed the greatest amount of buckwheat had the lowest blood pressures. Buckwheat contains vitamin P, which contains the flavonoid rutin. Rutin is known for its effectiveness in reducing the cholesterol count in the blood. Rutin is also known to keep capillaries and arteries strong and flexible and so is beneficial for varicose vein problems.” 
 


Ragi-Millet Steamed Crumps ("Puttu") 

Ingredients:

  • Millet flour         - 1 cup
  • Coconut Grated  - 1 tablespoon

Preparation:

Mix the flour and coconut by sprinkling water. Make small crumps (size of wheat grains, but will be a mixture of crumps and wet powder) by rubbing between the  hands. Steam it in pressure cooker ("Idli cooker" or in "puttu" steamer. Serve with banana or with dal curry. In the same way, rice steamed crumps, millet crumps and wheat steamed crumps ("puttu") can also be made.

This can be had as breakfast or dinner with banana or dal curry.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes.

Other great Millets

        Thena                                       Sama

 Kambu                                       Varagu