Mysuru: Ragi has always been popular in kitchens of South Karnataka and the staple diet in many villages. People draw their sustenance through ragi porridge or mudde (balls). But now, they’re turning to it as a precaution against coronavirus as it helps improve body immunity. There has been increased demand for the ragi flour and grain. Ragi-based dishes are now replacing rice and chapati.
According to G Krishna Prasad of Sahaja Samrudha, people are turning to traditional diets which include finger millets and tubers. According to Honnur Prakash, a progressive farmer from Chamarajanagar, the demand for the finger millet has been steadily rising over the past few weeks.
According to city residents, ragi dishes, including malt, porridge and mudde, are now part of the daily menu. “People are talking a lot about improving their immunity. Ragi-based dishes are easy to make and enjoy,” said Sukanya Rajshekar, a resident from Vivekanandanagar.
This mother of two children added: “All these days, it was not part of the regular meals as the kids didn’t like it much. Now, the fear of Covid-19 has made them understand its importance.”
Ayurvedic doctor Dr Ashok GB has been getting a lot of queries about traditional food over the past fortnight. “I’ve been suggesting they go back to old food items. People are now very conscious about what they eat,” he explained.
Source: Times of India