Millet Food Fest & Cookery Workshop held at HIIMS: A one-day ‘Millet Food Festival & Cookery Workshop’ was organized at the premises of Hospital & Institute of Integrated Medical Sciences (HIIMS) Dera Bassi (near Chandigarh) under the aegis of Kheti Virasat Mission and Natural Millet Promoters Association (NAMPA).
The workshop was conducted by Master Chef Meghna Shukla, where she demonstrated the cooking methods of various millet products and recipes. Dr Amar Singh Azad was also present on the occasion.
Ayurveda & nature cure expert, Guru Manish, Founder of Shuddhi Ayurveda & Co Founder of HIIMS, said, “Apart from attending the unique Cookery Workshop, the participants also got an opportunity to hear the views of various experts, buy organic millets and enjoy the taste of dishes made from millets. Overall, it was a great chance to rediscover the miraculous coarse grains and it’s health benefits.”
The HIIMS campus is located on the Chandigarh-Delhi highway, behind Jugraj Dhaba in Derabassi and is the first integrated medical sciences hospital to have got the prestigious NABH accreditation, the hospital’s expertise lies in India’s time tested Ayurveda & panchkarma therapies.
Besides general information about the coarse grains, the main food and dishes prepared from them were also explained in detail at the workshop. Chef Meghna who had come from Indore said, “Millets are miracle grains as these are rich in nutritious value. Not only did visitors learn about recipes based on millets but also became aware about the benefits of millets if these are made part of one’s regular diet.”
The Patients who have shown remarkable improvement at HIIMS were also present at the event.
Chef Meghna taught some recipes in her basic session which showcased preparation of Indian main course food items. The advanced session’s topic was preparation of multi-cuisine snacks. The participants also relished savoring the delicious preparations.
Guru Manish said that millets are more beneficial than wheat and rice, not only to stay fit but also to avoid many diseases. The millets include cereals like Kangni, Sawan, Kodo, Kutki, Bajra, Ragi, Chana, Jowar and Maize. Millets are rich in calcium, phosphorus, iron, protein and minerals. The kind of wheat that is being consumed today is genetically modified.
Instead, if nutritious millets are included in the diet, the problem of diabetes can be reduced in a week or two, and blood pressure can also come under control within two to four weeks. Even cancer patients can get benefits in two to four months.