An Introduction to Kaulige Foods - Bengaluru's Millet Store
Kaulige Foods aims to re-introduce millets to the mainstream diet by conducting awareness workshops, offering catering services, tiffin services and supplying millets. We distribute millets in Bengaluru via our online store www.kaulige.com and our channel partners.
Kaulige Foods was started by a group of friends and food enthusiasts who found that millets, the food they and their grandparents have been eating since childhood, are now only available in speciality shops and are getting out of the reach of the common man. Arun Kaulige, one of the founders, has been a keen observer of the changing food habits of people. A food historian and restaurateur, he has been experimenting with millets for some time and found that when cooked in a proper way millets dishes, especially traditional Karnataka specialities like bisi bele bath, Vangi bath, dosas and other dishes, are as enjoyable to people as any other dish. Therefore, Kaulige Foods was started to give millets a modern makeover and re-introduce millets into the diet of every indian.
What are millets?
Millets are small grains which have been grown and consumed in the Indian Subcontinent for thousands of years. Some millets, like ragi and jowar, which are called as major millets, are well known. Whereas others like Foxtail Millet (navane) and Kodo Millet (haarka) are not popular and are generally not available in general stores.
This is because millets have been pushed out of our diet in the past 40 years by the growing popularity of rice and wheat. In fact, total area under millet cultivation is currently less than 1/6 of what used to be in the 1950s, whereas in the same amount of time, the area under rice and wheat cultivation has multiplied by 3. This happened due to various reasons, one of them was the Green revolution in the 60s encouraged farmers to grow rice and wheat instead of native grains. Another cause, the so called "casteism in food", which celebrates polished rice and refined flour as the food fit for the rich and stereotypes millets as food for the poor people. Thankfully, this is now changing as people are understanding the evils of polished grains and flours.
On how millets are easy on the environment
With climate change on our minds and rainfall becoming more and more unpredictable, millets are turning out to be one of the most important grains for the whole world. Millets are rainfed and can survive on soil where rice and wheat cannot grow, including slightly saline and acidic soils. Millets provide a much enhanced food security since they are more reliable than other crops.
On how millets can help you live healthier
Millets are highly nutritious, rich in fibre and gluten-free, making them easy for the body to absorb. They are rich in a huge spectrum of micronutrients, including calcium, iron, phosphorus, etc. They are slow digesting foods which don't cause the huge spike in blood sugar which is caused by eating polished rice, therefore, millets help with preventing and controlling diabetes.
Millets should ideally be an integral part of your daily diet. They can replace white rice in all your meals. You can start by mixing millets into rice and slowly make one meal a day a Millet meal. Some people have found enormous benefits, especially in controlling weight and diabetes, by switching completely from a rice and wheat diet to a millet based diet.
On what Kaulige Foods is doing
Our mission is to spread millet awareness and encourage millet consumption in every household. We are moving towards this goal by conducting Millet Cooking Workshops in various parts of Bangalore. To make millets accessible to everyone, we launched our online store www.kaulige.com. We work with several channel partners to make sure that we are reaching every part of Bangalore. We recently launched a tiffin service which delivers millet-based lunches to several offices around the MG Road area. Finally, we do millet-based catering for large and small events.
For enquiries or doubts, please contact Arun at 9845490382 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org We will do our best to help you.
Millet Recipes and more
For recipes and more information please visit www.cookingwithmillets.com