So How many of us have heard about Navadhaniyam (Tamil word) or the Nine Cereals (Nava means Nine and Dhanya means grains)? It is mentioned in the ancient vedas, and is still used in India for all auspicious rituals. But we do not know the real importance of these cereals, it was supposed to be used as our staple food for leading a healthy life.
We are either having more rice or wheat in India now... South indians started having a lot of Wheat thinking it is better than having carbohydrates in Rice. But that's not true!! Wheat has gluten (Glue-like property) which is hard to digest. Another point Wheat will never suit South Indians... Having lots of wheat will create heat inside the body, which is only required to those who live in extremely cold places. And we have also started having a lot of Maida/flour nowadays in the form of Pizza, Paratha, Bread, etc. We have totally forgotten about the other healthy options!!
What are the Nine Differet Grains or Cereals?
Pigeon Peas (Toor dal/Thuvarai)
Horse Gram (Kollu)
Green Gram (Moong Dal)
White Beans (White rajma/Avarai kai)
Black Sesame (Til/Ellu)
Chickpeas (Channa/Konda kadalai)
Black gram (Urad dal/ Ulundu)
Auspicious Significance of the Nine Grains:
Each of these grains represents one of the nine planets, and hence they are used in performing Hindu rituals like Grahapravesham or House Warming Pooja, Navaratri Pooja, etc.
Suriyan (Sun) – Wheat
Chandiran (Moon) - Paddy/Rice
Chevvai (Mars) - Tuvarai (Toor)
Bhudhan (Mercury) - Greengram (Moong)
Guru (Jupitor) - Chickpeas (Channa)
Sukiran (Venus) - White Beans (White Rajma or Motchai or Avarai seeds)
Sani(Saturn) - Black Sesame (Til)
Rahu – Black gram (Ulundu or Urad)
Kethu – Horse gram (Kollu)
I have tried to make a collection of all the recipes using these nine healthy grains. Bookmark this page and choose to cook any one of the recipe everyday, to have a balanced and a healthy diet!! Make your meal planning easy with these healthy recipes.
Most of the Indian recipes commonly use rice, wheat, toor and urad dal - like Idli, Dosa, Roti, Sambar, Dal, etc. So try to use other whole grains in the list too.
Please comment about any link to healthy recipes you would want to add to this list.