Kodo Millet/Varagu


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  • It is easy to digest
  • It is used as an alternative to rice called varagu rice.
  • It contains a high amount of lecithin and is excellent for strengthening the nervous system.
  • Kodo millets are rich in B6 and folic acid, especially niacin, B vitamins, as well as the minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, and magnesium.


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The small-seeded annual grass known as kodo millet, or Paspalum scrobiculatum, is indigenous to India. Farmers in India and other countries of Asia and Africa frequently grow it as a subsistence crop since it is a resistant plant that can flourish in dry, poor soil.

It has several potential health benefits, including:

Gluten-free:It is naturally free of gluten, making it a fantastic choice for people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

Low glycemic index: It has a low glycemic index, which suggests it may be good for diabetics because it can help control blood sugar levels.

High in fiber:It contains a high amount of dietary fibre, which can aid in promoting healthy digestion, preventing constipation, and lowering the risk of colon cancer.

Rich in nutrients: Protein, iron, calcium, and antioxidants are all present in kodo millet in good amounts.

Weight management:It is a low-fat grain that can aid in weight management by increasing satiety and lowering caloric intake.

Few delicious and healthy recipes:
  1. To make  Upma, saute onions, ginger, and green chilies in a pan. Add kodo millet and water, and cook until the millet is soft and fluffy. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and grated coconut.
  2. To prepare  Salad, mix cooked kodo millet with chopped vegetables like cucumber, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Add lemon juice and olive oil for flavor and nutrition.
  3. Dosas can be made by preparing a batter of kodo millet, urad dal, and water. Cook the batter on a griddle and serve with coconut chutney or tomato chutney for a delicious and healthy breakfast.