It is so often that tiny rural roads, bereft of traffic and burly trucks , unfurl Pellets of Joy.
The narrow road from Yawat, off the Pune-Solapur Highway , Maharashtra,India, leading to the Spectacular and Ancient Bhuleshwar Temple was one such Bundle of Joy. It winds through the most interesting agricultural fields of Food and Flowers.
Bajra ( Hindi) is a mineral rich, gluten free Millet which has a History of over 5000 Years in India and predates the advent of Wheat by hundreds ,nay thousands , of years.
Also known as Pearl Millet ( English), Pennisetum glaucum ( Scientific name), it forms the staple food of many a rural households in Maharashtra in the form of a Bread ( Roti) called “Bajra Bhakri”.
I often confuse Bajra with Jowar , another millet known as Sorghum in English. Both are mineral rich millets and a wonderful alternative for those that are Gluten Intolerant and cannot consume Cereals like Wheat.
I remember a delicious milk pudding ( usually served Hot) called ” Bajre ki Kheer” which I had when I was younger. Little did I realize that one day I would be fortunate to see the Little Black Pearls in the Pudding growing in fields near Pune.
Is it not Enchanting to see “Pearls Grow” ?