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M&M Magic Recipe Contest for all in Auckland

Mallika Janakiraman

Mallika Janakiraman

Auckland, August 8, 2023

Organiser: Wahine Charitable Trust on 19th August 2023

It is time to showcase your traditional wisdom from the Indian subcontinent by entering the M&M (Millets and Micronutrient Iron Rich) Magic Recipe Contest 2023 scheduled to be held on Saturday, August 19, 2023 from 11 am to 1 pm at Yates Room, Onehunga Community Centre located at 83 Church Street, Onehunga, Auckland. 

Please register here or visit (https://forms.gle/vS3rrSoZMx8EDsGZA)

There are exciting prizes to be won. Registration closes on 15th August 2023.

Guidelines for the M&M Magic Recipe Contest:

The M&M (Millets and Micronutrient Iron-rich) magic recipe will be millets plus iron inspired, with moderation in the use of salt, sugar, and saturated fat

Please make two dishes: one using millet as the main ingredient and the second dish should be micronutrient  iron-rich ingredients

Prepare to serve two people (we will attach information on serving sizes)

  • Make a smart choice of ingredients from the 3 Food Groups
  • Millets
  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Proteins (legumes, nuts and seeds, red meat)
  • Measurements specific to teaspoon (tsp), tablespoon (tbsp)
  • Mention the ingredients in grams (g)

Winners

As a token of appreciation for your outstanding achievement, we will invite the top five contestants to the exclusive Homeland New Zealand Community Day on Wednesday, August 30, 2023  for an exquisite cooking experience with the renowned Chef Peter Gordon.

Please note that the invitation is subject to your availability.

Get ready for a culinary adventure like no other!

The top three winners will win Gift Prizes at the Wahine Charitable Trust Event on September 3, 2023, details of which have been published earlier. Please read the story here.

Let us Millet

2023 will be observed as the International Year of Millets after India’s proposal to the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) was approved. The International Year of Millets 2023 is an opportunity to raise awareness of the multiple benefits of millets, from nutrition and health to environmental sustainability and economic development.

Millets are good sources of minerals, dietary fibre, antioxidants and protein.

With a low glycaemic index, they are a good option for people with high blood sugar.

Millets are also gluten-free and an excellent and cost-effective source of iron for iron-deficient diets.

As whole grains, each variety of millet provides different amounts and types of fibre. Dietary fibre has a role in regulating bowel function, blood sugar and lipids, and satiation.

Be Iron Inspired!

Iron is a micronutrient needed in small amounts <100 mg, yet very essential for mental and physical health, and brain development, to fight fatigue and help keep energy levels up to move at home or work or even run after your children, building immunity against infections and more. Even in New Zealand, the land of plenty, one in 14 women suffers from iron deficiency.  Nearly 52% or one in two women aged 15-49 from the Indian Sub-Continent, are anaemic, leading to an estimated economic loss of 1.5% of GDP or US$ 40-45 billion every year.

  • Barnyard Millet is a high source of iron and fibre. It is known as Kuthiravali in Tamil, Oodhalu in Kannada, Odalu in Telugu, Kavadapullu in Malayalam and Sanwa in Hindi.
  • Finger Millet is a staple that is a very good substitute for oats and cereals. It is known as Ragi in Kannada, Ragulu in Telugu, Kelvaragu in Tamil, Koovarugu in Malayalam and Mundua in Hindi.
  • Foxtail Millet is rich in minerals and vitamins. It is known as Thinai in Tamil, Kirra in Telugu, Thinna in Malayalam, Navane in Kannada and Kangni in Hindi.
  • Little Millet is also loaded with iron and fibre, the regional names are Chama in Malayalam, Same in Kannada, Samai in Tamil, Sama in Telugu and Kutki in Hindi.
  • Proso Millet is known as Barri in Hindi, Panivaragu in Tamil and Malayalam, Baragu in Kannada and Varigalu in Telugu.
  • Pearl Millet is a high source of proteins, it is known as Bajra in Hindi, Sajje in Kannada, Sajjalu in Telugu, Kambu in Tamil and Kambam in Malayalam.

Mallika Janakiraman is the Founder and Chairperson of Wahine Charitable Trust. She is a Registered Nutritionist residing in Auckland.

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