Differentiate 5 Types of Dehulled Millets with Clarity

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In the beginning, it was difficult for me to identify millet grains after dehulling. But gradually, going deep into its size, shape, and colour, it became easy for me. So, today I thought to share with you about these dehulled millets and how to differentiate dehulled millet. If you want to know about the details of unhulled millet grains, you can have a look at the previous blog on the Close-Up of Millets

1. Foxtail Millet:

Millets-Foxtail Millet
Foxtail Millet Panicle and Dehulled Grains

It resembles a tail of a fox, so it is called a Foxtail Millet. It is one of the oldest cultivated millets. It is the most yellowish colour millet with slightly oblong on one end.

2.Proso Millet:

Millets-Proso Millet

Proso Millet is called ”Chena” in Hindi and ”Variga” in Telegu. It is the largest grain in the category of minor millets. It is creamy yellowish and perfect oblong on one end.

3.Kodo Millet:

Kodo Millet
Kodo Millet and its Dehulled Grains

Kodo Millet is called ”Kodon” in Hindi and ”Arikelu” in Telugu. It is brownish in colour and the colour gets lighter after polishing.

4.Barnyard Millet:

Barnyard Millet
Barnyard Millet Panicles and its Grains

Barnyard Millet is known as ”Sanwa” in Hindi and ”Udhalu” in Telegu. It is similar to Little Millet but the colour is little greyish as compared to Little Millet. The easy way to differentiate it, by its prominent dark spot.

5.Little Millet:

Little Millet
Little Millet and its Dehulled Grains

Little Millet is called ”Kutki” in Hindi and ”Samalu” in Telegu. It is the whitish millet in the Minor Millet category. It is spherical in shape. Little millet is the smallest millet.

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Author: Tapas Chandra Roy, A Certified Farm Advisor on Millets, ‘Promoting Millets from Farm to Plate’. In a mission to take the forgotten grains- Millets to Millions. To remain updated on my blogs on millets you can join my Telegram Channel – Millet Advisor.

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