The grains that we grow, harvest and eat as cereals are produced by the plants as their next generation. Observing the cereal grains from this perspective helps us better understand and appreciate the structure and nutritional composition in the grains. As mentioned in the earlier posting discussing the structure of a husked millet grain, the … Continue reading Why is the bran so rich in nutrients?
As we approach the time to gather seeds for the upcoming season …
There is an old wisdom shared in almost all languages of the subcontinent – that all seeds are grains but not all grains can qualify to be used as seeds. Recently grains of 6 different millet varieties were processed at the Earth360 facility in Kadiri, A.P.. While part of the size based selection is done using a grader, the larger & heavier grains (the images in the left hand side column) are selected for seeds using multiple passes in a destoner. The remaining material (the images in the right hand side column) shall be collected and used for other purposes, including for processing to human edible forms.
I was lucky to have had the opportunity to spend a good part of a day a couple of weeks ago with an amazing group of students and faculty from Massey University, New Zealand. They were traveling through south India on a study tour - trying to understand how Sustainability, Social Responsibility and Entrepreneurship is … Continue reading Lets call it bleached rice, not polished rice
No prize for guessing who typically looses when buyers pull out an uncalibrated moisture meter
Process flow in millet processing for better bran retention and cleaner millet rice
The idea for the Bengaluru Millet Walk came from the Mera Terah Run team. In Dec '16 the MTR annual yatra was a campaign to revive millets - to work towards encouraging millet based diets and their cultivation and processing. As part of Mera Terah Run 2016 - Miles for Millets a team of volunteers visited … Continue reading the Bengaluru Millet Walk 2017 – Thindi Oota Special
slides of a presentation I shared with green enthusiasts at Cisco on Thu. the 20th as part of their Earth Aware program.
A few tips for identifying quality of small millet rice and to address consumers' price concerns.
Specific tasks need to be performed at definite stages to get better results and reduce drudgery in SMP
A brief overview of millet processing. These were prepared for and presented at the Orientation meeting of the Special Program on Millets for Tribal Areas of Odisha a few days ago. Please share widely. These are being released under the Creative Commons Attribute-Share Alike license.