The scientists have named it Eleusine Coracana. Some call it the red millet, the African finger millet, Caracan millet and many other names. In India, it is widely known as ‘Ragi’ and it is known to have been cultivated at Hallur in Karnataka, way back in the Iron Age! Ragi is still the staple food of the state of Karnataka and is consumed in the form of many dishes. The harvested millets are known for their exceptional traits that aid in their storage. They are seldom attacked by molds or insects and makes it an important crop in the risk avoidance strategy of traditional farmers.
Aval, our humble cereal, has been around for ages. It is often described as flattened rice or light dry flakes of rice. Apart from being readily available, Aval is a digestible raw form of rice that absorbs liquids and swells up, much to the delight of those who eat it!