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Calcium Rich Finger Millet Soup

Updated: Jun 1, 2022


Why include Finger millets in your diet?

  • Manages diabetes

  • Prevents promotion of ulcers

  • Lowers blood lipids

  • Improves gut health

  • Promotes wound healing process

  • Maintains weight

Finger millet nutrients : (per 100gm)

  • Protein 7.7

  • Fat/ lipids 1.8

  • Dietary fiber 15-22.0

  • Carbohydrates 75.0-83.3

Minerals (mg/ 100 g)

  • Calcium 398.0

  • Phosphorus 130-250.0

  • Potassium 430-490

  • Magnesium 78-201

  • Sodium 49.0

  • Zinc 2.3

  • Iron 3.3- 14.89

  • Manganese 17.61-48.43

  • Copper 0.47

  • Vitamin A 6.0

  • Vitamin B1 0.2-0.48



Finger millets are answers to many diet-related health problems if consumed regularly. This wonder grain is prebiotic, which means it gives good bacteria a boost that eventually helps keep your digestive flora healthy. Finger millets have a low glycemic index, which makes them a good choice for diabetic patients. Celiac patients can enjoy it as well, as it is gluten-free. You can substitute it with wheat and rice recipes. A wholesome finger millet soup is a winter delight. By adding fresh vegetables like broccoli and moringa leaves, you increase your calcium intake more deliciously and satisfyingly. Rest all veggies contributing plethora of vitamins, minerals, and essential micronutrients. You can always choose your veggies according to your taste and availability. This soup is perfectly customizable.


Serves:2

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cook time: 25 mins

Total time: 35 mins


Ingredients:

Millet flour – 2 tbsp.

Onions- 1 medium (chopped)

Carrot- 1 (chopped)

Beans – 5-6 (chopped)

Broccoli- ½ cup – (chopped)

Baby corn- 5-6

Green peas – ½ cup (fresh/frozen)

Moringa leaves – 1 cup

Coriander leaves/Cilantro - A handful

Turmeric- ¼ tsp

Black pepper- ¼ tsp (freshly crushed)

Salt- as per taste


Directions:

1. Heat a heavy-based stainless-steel pot. Add onions to it.

2. Add 1 tbsp. water. Sauté onions for 2-3 mins till it turns translucent. Add little water at a time if needed.

3. Add beans to the pot. Sauté green beans for two mins.

4. Add all the veggies. Sauté for 2 mins

5. Add turmeric, black pepper, and salt.

6. Add 2 cups of water. Let it boil.

7. Take ½ cup of water. Add 2 tbsp. of Finger millet flour. Make a slurry.

8. Add the slurry to the pot. Let it simmer for 10 Min

9. Add cilantro and serve.


References:

  1. Finger millet (Ragi, Eleusine coracana L.): a review of its nutritional properties, processing, and plausible health benefits - PubMed (nih.gov)

  2. Health benefits of finger millet (Eleusine coracana L.) polyphenols and dietary fiber: a review - PubMed (nih.gov)

  3. Profile of phenolic compounds and antioxidant activity of finger millet varieties - ScienceDirect

  4. Handbook of Nutrition, Diet and the Eye | ScienceDirect Publication: USDA ARS

  5. Harnessing Finger Millet to Combat Calcium Deficiency in Humans: Challenges and Prospects - PubMed (nih.gov)


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