Last Updated : Jan 19,2018
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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.
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.
2. High in Fiber : One cup of Bajra flour gives about 11.6 grams of fibre. From that one cup you can get 6 Bajra Rotis. So each Bajra Roti is about 1.8 grams of fibre and very good source for Vegetarian.
3. Complete Protein for Vegetarians : Bajra Flour forms a complete protein when combined with legumes like rajma, moong dal, urad dal, toovar dal, chana dal.
4. Gluten Free : Great healthy option for those who are intolerant to Gluten. What’s better is that Bajra Roti is far more healthier than Whole Wheat Roti.
5. Good for Diabetics : Bajra is rich in Magnesium which improves insulin response by lowering insulin resistance. Having very low magnesium will result in the pancreas not secrete enough insulin to control our blood sugar.
6. Good for Heart : Bajra is rich in Magnesium. 100 grams of Bajra have 137 milligrams of Magnesium which is 50% of your recommend daily allowance (RDA). Magnesium helps maintain nerve function and normal heartbeat.
7. Lowers Cholesterol : Being high in Fibre, Bajra reduces bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases the effects of good cholesterol (HDL)
8. Lowers Blood Pressure : Bajra and all Millets are rich in Potassium. Potassium is critical for those with High Blood Pressure as it lessens the impact of sodium. Eating more Potassium Rich Foods will remove more sodium from your body through urine. So if you are suffering from High Blood Pressure and taking medication, then the medicine works by taking out the sodium and potassium from the kidneys. So you need to up your Potassium intake in this case.
9. Relieves Constipation : Bajra being rich in insoluble fibre helps easy digestion and hence relieves constipation. Insoluble Fibre does not dissolve in water and goes through your stomach without being processed helping other foods move through your system and out. Insoluble Fibre keeps you healthier with a better digestive system.
10. Alkaline : Bajra is alkaline in nature and combats acidity. Acidity is a form of indigestion in which there is accumulation of acid leading to a burning sensation in the stomach and the digestive tract. The stomach periodically produces acid to aid digestion. It is when we don't eat at regular intervals or are excessively stressed the stomach produces more acids which harms our body.
11. Good for Endurance : Being high in fibre, protein, alkaline, lowering blood pressure means more RBC (red blood cells) to give energy. All these factors enhance performance of endurance athletes like runners, swimmers and bikers.
Rich : Bajra has many antioxidants which help fight the body against infections.
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