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Bansri asked:

Is Nachni same as Quinoa?
I want to know if Naachni is same as Quinoa (in English) which is grown in South America - Peru, Chile?

If they are different grain, yet, both are high in protein, iron + more nutrients.


Our Answer:

Hi Bansri,

Nachni and quinoa are two different food ingredients.
Nachni - finger millet is a grain(grass plant). Quinoa is a seed of leafy plant like spinach.

Both quinoa and nachni have some similarities where nutrition is concerned.

Looks wise nachani or finger millet is reddish black/brown whereas quinoa is creamy white.

About quioa

Quinoa is originally a south American ingredient and not so commonly known or available in India. It does not have a Indian name.

Quinoa is a rich source of protein. It has essential amino acids and minerals. It is gluten free and is easy to digest.

You can cook it like rice or upma. Wash it well before cooking.
About finger millet - Nachni

Nachni is commonly available in India and is used in Indian cooking since a long time.

Nachani is known as finger millet in English.

Finger millet names In Indian languages
Marathi – Nachni, nachani, nagvli
Hindi - Mandua
Tamil – Kelvargu
Telugu - Ragulu
Kannada - Ragi
Malayalam Koovarugu

It is one of the health giving rich grains. It contains high amount of calcium and iron, protein. It has balanced amino acids, vitamin A, vitamin B and phosphorus.

Nachni is gluten free and has more fiber too.

There are many ways you can add nachni/ragi/ finger millet to your diet.

You can use it as a whole grain or in the flour form.

You can make ragi roti (nachni bhakri, as it is known in Maharashtra), ragi porridge, ragi mudde(ragi balls - Karnataka special), payasam, ragi dosa, pancakes, mixed flour parathas, thepla etc.

Nachni - finger millet - ragi is easy to digest and is given to babies as well as elderly people in the form of sprouted ragi flour which can be cooked quickly.

Hope this helps!

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