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India is the largest producer of Bajra in the world. Bajra is a hardy crop that grows well, even in drought
conditions, high temperatures and low soil fertility which is why Rajasthan produces the largest amount
of Bajra in the country and the grain is an integral part of Rajasthani cuisine. In India, Bajra cultivation
dates back to pre-historic time around 2000BC.
Benefits of Bajra
Bajra is a rich source of insoluble fibre, which works as a pre-biotic in our gut and also helps prevent overeating by adding bulk to the meals, leading to early satiety. Insoluble fibre is also vital for proper bowel cleansing and preventing constipation.
Bajra is rich in magnesium, which helps keep the heart healthy. It has potassium, which dilates blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more easily. This helps reduce overall blood pressure.
Bajra contains phytic acid, tannins and phenols, all antioxidants which detox the body and help in preventing ageing and metabolic diseases like heart disease, stroke and cancer.
Bajra is a better source of healthy omega-3 fats as compared to other grains. Omega-3 is associated with lowering BP, triglycerides and known to be cardio protective
Traditional Dishes with Bajra
Kambam Choru & Kambam Koozh in Tamil Nadu
Bajre ki roti/bhakri in North India especially in Rajasthan
Did you know?
Bajra has the highest Folic acid content among cereal grains