Brewing with millets has been a notoriously difficult project for most beer makers. But Great State Aleworks, a Pune-based brewery, has cracked the code. The Locavore team talks to Shivani Unakar, Project Coordinator of the Millet Beer Project, about their brewing journey and millet beers.
Numerous efforts are being made across the country to revive millets, and promote its consumption. But what does it mean for farmers who grow these grains? Nidaphi Hynniewta speaks to millet farmers from Meghalaya.
Sorghum, pearl millet, and finger millet flours are combined to make this wholesome dish, with recipes for cucumber-tomato sabji, and chilli pickle that pair perfectly with it.
This recipe has been documented for The Locavore by Shabnam Afrien of Odisha Millets Mission (OMM). A flagship programme of the government of Odisha, OMM was launched in 2017 to improve the nutrition of tribal communities in Odisha through revival of millets in farming and their diets.
Millets are mainly grown today for the purpose of making eu or millet wine, finds Bengt G Karlsson, while travelling through parts of West Bengal.
This Khasi-inspired mushroom and piscot soup substitutes maida or cornflour with a healthier alternative: ragi, or finger millet.
What makes Odisha Millets Mission (OMM) stand out in a sea of other government programmes? The Locavore learns about how women Self-Help Groups are championing millets, and the inclusion of ragi ladoos in Anganwadi meals.
Our modest attempt to demystify cooking with millets, and relearn the impact that it has on our ecology. This initiative aims to facilitate gradual incorporation of millets into our diets, as well as create a space for meaningful conversation and engagement so that we can tap into the resilience of millets while also rediscovering its taste.