What Is Barnyard Millet / Kuthiraivali?
Barnyard millet known as Kuthiravali in Tamil, Oodalu in Kannada, Odalu in Telugu, Jhangora in Hindi and Kavadapullu in Malayalam. Like other millets, barnyard millets are gluten free and vegan cereals. In north India it is called as Samak / Swang. North Indians use Barnyard millet during fasting season of Navarathiri.
Kuthiravali (Tamil) are tiny white, round grains belonging to the millet family (siruthaniyam). Kuthiravali means horse tail, this name is derived because the crop looks like horse tail.
Glycemic index and significance of Barnyard millet (Echinochloa frumentacae) in Type II Diabetics. – Source:
Health Benefits Of Barnyard Millet (Kuthiravali)
- Good for diabetic patients
- Helps accelerate weight loss
- Barnyard millet has the lowest carbohydrates content and energy value among all the varieties of millets
Nutritional Value Of Barnyard Millet (Kuthiravali)
- High in fibre
- Good source of zinc and manganese
- Helps to maintain body temperature
- Rich Anti – Oxidant
- High in Carbohydrate
- The bran layer has fat (good fat) and minerals
- Millets are predominantly starch. (It gives a sweet taste)
- Good source of B-complex vitamins
- The protien content is comparable to that of wheat and maize