Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Patiala organizes workshop on ‘Nutri-cereals: Delicious and Nutritious Cooking’
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Patiala under the aegis of Director of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), organized a one-day workshop on “Nutri-Cereals: Delicious and Nutritious Cooking” in order to popularize the consumption of millets as a part of celebrations of the International Year of Millets.
Approximately 25 farm women from different villages of Patiala like Kalyan, Jahlan, Alhoran Kalan, Alhoran Khurd, Samana, Behal, Rorgarh, Hiana Kalan and Nabha attended this workshop. Mrs Harpreet Kaur from Patiala King Nabha and Mrs. Gurpreet Kaur from Guru Kirpa, Self-help group, Kalyan were the resource persons for the workshop. Both the experts are the trainees of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Patiala and successfully running their own units.
Dr. Gurupdesh Kaur, Associate Prof. (Home Science) informed that millets are often called “Nutri- Cereals” due to their high nutritional content and dietary fibre. Millets are good source of protein, micronutrients and phytochemicals, and have many health promoting properties. They are gluten free and can be a substitute for wheat or gluten containing grains for celiac patients, she added. The workshop intends to promote the replacement of refined flour with millets to make healthier meals, she said.
Dr. Rachna Singla, Associate Prof. (Horticulture) motivated the participants to use millets in diet. She also dwelled upon importance of nutrition gardening and herbal gardening. Mrs Harpreet Kaur from Patiala King Nabha and Mrs. Gurpreet Kaur demonstrated the use of different millets in products like kodra namkeen, ragi cookies, ragi balls and bajra chakli.