When we began Dhrona, we were amazed at how much of a role millets played in ancient India. Did you know that millets were cultivated more than 6,500 years ago? Finding mention in the Yajur Vedas and other ancient scriptures such as Shakuntala’s Kalidasa, India has had a strong history of growing & consuming millets.
Dhrona Foods is the creation of a young 50-year-old couple from Pollachi, Tamil Nadu. Passionate about food and being born into traditional agricultural families, we had always cherished a lifelong dream of a company that focused on sustainable & healthy food for our children and society. 25 years after our marriage, we were able to realize our dream thanks to the support of our family, friends & children.
Our aim is to serve tasty, healthy food & to ensure that millets are accessible to all families across India.
History of Millets in India
Through the centuries, famous recipes such as the Ragi Mudde (Ragi balls with curry) from Karnataka or the tongba beer brewed from millets in the Himachal region have been passed down from generation to generation. Today, India is the leading producer of millets worldwide accounting for 1/3rdof the world’s production and this is expected to increase in the future.
Benefits of Millets
Millets pack a punch when it comes to health benefits. Their high level of calcium, anti-oxidants help increase bone strength in children. Its low glycemic index makes it an excellent remedy against diabetes and it is commonly used as a substitute for rice & wheat. It also contains major minerals & vitamins needed for the human body. Due to these benefits, & more, millets have earned the nickname, ‘The Miracle Grain’.
Apart from its health benefits, it is also one of the most resilient crops. It’s ability grow in tough hardy conditions has helped farmers across India adapt better to climate changes. And here’s the kicker. According to ICRISAT, most millet varieties require only 40% of the amount of water when compared to a rice plant! With depleting water tablets, millets can prove as an alternative sustainable food source for our future.
Recognizing the importance of this, 2023 has been recognized as the International Year of Millets by the United Nations.