The millets are a group of small-seeded species of cereal crops or grains, widely grown around the world for food and fodder.
The most popular staple amongst millets is the pearl millet and finger millet. India is the world’s largest producer of millets.
Finger Millet in a Field Pearl Millet
Koda Millet with husk
Millets are major food sources in arid and semiarid regions of the world, and feature in the traditional cuisine of many others. In western India millet is known as jowar,or bajro. Bajro has been used in India for many years to make the local staple called rotla. Rotla is hand rolled, (without a rolling pin) flat bread.
Millets are also used as bird and animal feed, and for brewing beer. It is used as a porridge too.
Millet contains no gluten, so they are not suitable for raised bread.but are appropriate foods for those with celiac disease or other forms of allergies/intolerance of wheat.