Millets, the ancient grain family of jowar, bajra and ragi, are making a comeback into India’s foodscape. They are in PM Narendra Modi's podcasts and FM Nirmala Sitharaman’s budget speech; FMCG giants and startups are selling them as cookies and cakes; and food influencers are dishing out constant content on them. Millets aren’t new to India’s culture or kitchens. They are full of nutrients and easy to produce. But in a country obsessed with rice, wheat and pulses, they aren’t widely produced or consumed. Will that now change?What will it take to get millets to thousands of Indian dining tables? Host Ratna Bhushan talks to Meghna Narayan, co-founder at Slurrp Farm, Dr C.V. Ratnavathi, director of the Indian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR) and Prashant Parameswaran, Managing Director at Tata Consumer Soulfull Private Ltd.
Credits: Narendra Modi, HealthifyMe, HealthifyMe, Business Today
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