Last Updated : Apr 25,2018
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Also Known as
Black Millet flour, Pearl Millet flour
Bajra flour is made from the small round grains of black millet, also called bajra. When the bajra is ripe and ready to be harvested, the plants are cut and tied in bundles and allowed to dry. The bundles are threshed to separate the grains. The grains are dried and then processed into flour. When ground, the flour is greyish in colour and has a slightly nutty flavour. Since it is a heat-producing ingredient, it is commonly used in winters.
How to select
• The quality of the bajra determines the quality of the flour and thus one should ensure that you purchase the flour from a trustworthy grocery store.
• Do check the manufacturing date and expiry date before purchasing.
• Bajra flour is combined with wheat flour or jowar flour to make bhakri, theplas, bajra na rotla and other breads.
• Stuff with innovative fillings to make bajra parathas.
• The flour is also used in preparations like dhokli, khakras, muthias, etc.
How to store
• This flour is best used within 20 days.
• Store in an airtight container in a cool and dry place.
Nutritional Information of Bajra Flour
One cup of Bajra Flour is 96 grams, which makes 4 rotis.
RDA stands for Recommended Daily Allowance.
Nutritional Information for 1 cup Bajra Flour
11.1 grams of Protein
64.8 grams of Carbs
4.8 grams of Fat
284 mg of Phosphorus : 47.3% of RDA (about 600 mg for adult)
43.68 mcg Folate, Vitamin B9 (FA) = 43.68% of RDA (about 100 mcg)
10.84 grams of High Fiber = 43.3% of RDA (about 25 to 30 grams)
7.68 mg of Iron (Fe) = 38.4% of RDA(about 20 mg for women)
131.5 mg of Magnesium (Mg) = 37.57% of RDA (about 350 mg )
2.97 mg of Zinc = 29.7% of RDA (about 10 to 12 mg)
0.31 mg of Vitamin B1, Thiamine : 26.4% of RDA (about 1.2 to 1.5 mg)
0.24 mg of Riboflavin, Vitamin B2 = 21.8 % of RDA (about 1.1 mg)
11.1 g Protein = 20.1% of RDA (55 g)
2.2 mg of Vitamin B3, Niacin = 18.4% of RDA (about 12 mg)
294 mg of Potassium (K) :6.2% of RDA (about 4,700 mg)
126.7 mcg of Vitamin A = 5.2 % of RDA (about 2,400 mcg)
40.32 mg of Calcium (Ca) = 4.32% of RDA (about 1000 mg)
12 Health Benefits of Bajra Flour
1. High in Protein: One cup of Bajra flour (96 grams) gives about 11.6 grams of protein. From that one cup you can get 6 Bajra Rotis. So each Bajra Roti is about 1.8 grams of protein and very good source for Vegetarian.
For full health details, visit Health Benefits of Bajra Flour article.
Glycemic Index of Bajra Flour, Black Millet Flour
Bajra flour has a Glycemic Index of 71 which is high. Glycemic Index are for foods you eat, ranks carbohydrate-containing foods by how quickly they digest and raise your blood sugar or glucose levels. Foods rank from 0 to 50 are low GI, 51 to 69 are medium and 70 to 100 are high. Foods that are high in GI are not suitable for weight loss and diabetics. Foods like Bajra flour have a high GI but since its rich in Fibre which results in Bajra being healthy and suitable for a healthy lifestyle as the Glycemic Load reduces.
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