Udupi, Oct 14,2017: The three-day Millet Food Mela exhibition-cum-sale organised by the Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP) and other organisations, to promote consumption of millets among people, drew crowds on the very first day here on October 13, Friday.
Stalls selling mouth-watering food items, including dosas, biryani, idli, puri, kadabu, rotti, mosaru vade, raagi halu, kesari baat, payasa, appa, podi, murku, fried rice, all made of various millets, saw queues in front of them.
These food items were reasonably priced in the range of Rs. 10 to Rs. 40.
The mela is open from 8.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct 14 & 15, Saturday and Sunday. Millets such as Foxtail Millet, Little Millet, Barn Yard Millet, Kodo Millet, Brown Top Millet, Pearl Millet, Great Millet, Proso Millet and Finger Millet are also available for sale at the mela.
Speaking at the inaugural function, G. Anuradha, Additional Deputy Commissioner, said that people had been consuming millets since centuries.
The Glycemic index of millets was less. Hence, there was lesser sugar content in millets. Consumption of millets would benefit diabetics and obese persons.
Kota Srinivas Poojary, MLC, spoke.
Manjula S.K., Millet Marketing Officer, Sri Kshetra Dharmastakal Siri Rural Development Organisation, said that the organisation was planning to install millet processing unit in Dharwad.
Meenakshi Bannanje, president of the Udupi City Municipal Council, Purushotham P.K., Malati Dinesh, officers of SKDRDP, Ranjan K., president of Lions Club, were present.