Review on incorporating pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum) in the preparation of carbohydrate-based idly batter


Abstract:
Pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum) is a staple food crop cultivated in semi-arid regionsof India, which is drought resistant and capable of withstanding higher temperature. Apart from this, the nutritional content of pearl millet is also notably high, and these properties make them a suitable choice for incorporating in idly batter, that is traditionally composed of rice and black gram. Idly, prepared from this batter possesses notable qualities, such as easy digestibility, high palatability and high nutritional content, thus making it a perfect food to traverse the malnutrition across the globe. The fermentation process would enhance the bioavailability of the nutrients in pearl millet, which is otherwise restricted to the human body, due to the presence of anti-nutritional factors, such as phytic acid and polyphenols. Also, the carbohydrate content would get reduced while unifying millet into the mixture; hence, making it suitable for persons suffering from obesity and diabetes.

Keywords:
Pearl millet; Batter; Idly; Fermentation; Black gram; Rice

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How to cite this article:
Nabil Mohammed KK, Narmadha K, Gowri R, Baskar V. Review on incorporating pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum) in the preparation of carbohydrate-based idly batter. Journal of Biological and Information Sciences. 2013. 2 (1). 1-2.
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