Kodo Millet is harvested as a wild cereal in western Africa and India, where it grows abundantly along paths, ditches and low spots. The species was domesticated in India about 3000 years ago.
(Hindi: Kodra, Tamil: Varagu, Telugu: Arikelu, Malayalam: Varagu.)
Description: The grain is round and smooth, 2.0 to 2.5mm. The Colour of the grain is generally off white to light brown.
Kodo millet is sweet, bitter and acrid in taste. It helps in purifying blood, improving resistance power and overcoming anaemia and diabetes, constipation and is good for sound sleep. Also, efficient functioning of bone marrow and to get rid of asthma and kidney problems and problems related to prostate, blood cancer and cancers of the intestine, thyroid, throat, pancreas or liver.
They have high nutritious value and therefore a good food for the children. There are plenty of vitamins and minerals in it. This is good for digestion. It has high antioxidant activity. It keeps sugar and cholesterol levels in the blood in check.
They provide good energy to those who participate in sprints. If you take these along with other lentils like Bengal gram or cowpea then you get sufficient nutrients that are required for your body. As there are high fibre Benefits of Positive Millets Dr Khadar Lifestyle content is good for weight reduction.
This is a good food to get relief from the pains caused by long term diseases and to reduce swelling. Kodo millet is good food for the swelling of joints and for women, who suffer from irregular periods, diabetic patients and those who have weak eye nerves.
The flour of Kodo millet is used to smear on swellings. It is also helpful for those diabetic patients who develop gangrene after getting injured on their legs. They are also helpful for the recovery of patients who have suffered from dengue, typhoid or viral fevers and are weak.