Bhubaneswar, Aug 31: The Odisha Millet Mission (OMM) collaborated with the ‘Hotels and Restaurants Association of Odisha’ (HRAO) in order to extend the reach of millets to hotels and restaurants. On the proposal made by the Indian Government, the year 2023 has been declared as the “International Year of Millets” or IYM2023 by the United Nations to increase awareness about millets.
Odisha Millet Mission (OMM) is the flagship initiative undertaken by the Odisha Government for the revival of millets in farms and on plates in the state. A meeting was held at Krushi Bhawan, Bhubaneshwar with the Hotels & Restaurants Association of Odisha in order to discuss the agenda and aim of the programme. Along with the meeting, a two-day long training session was held in Bhubaneswar for the chefs to provide them with hands-on experience and standardise the millet recipes.
The meeting which had been held in the initial stages had been attended by numerous renowned hotels from all over Bhubaneswar. Hotel Barjorjis BANJARA has planned a 10-day millet festival, titled as “The Millet Palette”, beginning on August 25 till September 3. They have curated a special menu which will be available throughout the 10 days along with the regular menu, 4 pm onwards in the restaurant Barjorjis BHOJAN.
They have plans set in place to include millet in their breakfast buffets on a regular and long-term basis. Along with the dishes that are presently available, a lot of other millet variations will be introduced in the future.
Considering the health benefits of millet they have decided that they will be making it a part of their regular menu. A few of their specialty dishes are podi ragi idli, ragi ghee dosa, ragi puri, ragi gudd rasgulla, ragi barfi, proso lemon rice and ragi Lassi.