Suji, a universal must-have ingredient on kitchen shelves

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The Hush Post: ‘Suji’ in north India or rawa in south or semolina (Italian in origin) in Europe and other nations, In India, the most common form of sooji we know of is as ‘sooji halwa’. Almost every Indian household begins its auspicious days or festivals with ‘sooji halwa’. The health benefits of this simple yet nutrition-rich form of food had been known in the olden times, but very few people know about them today.

‘Suji’ is made of a particular variety of wheat called durum wheat which is the hardest of all wheat and has a higher protein and gluten content than other types of wheat.

We just think of it as a regular commodity kept in the kitchen, but it can be used in association with ingredients like with the all-purpose flour in cakes, pastries, bakery items, breads; can be used in idlis, dosas and can mix it with regular flour to make chapppatis.

Pastas, spaghetti and other Italian dishes, and many desserts are made of sooji or semolina.

Any dish with sooji as an ingredient will keep you fuller for a long time because it takes a long time to get digested and releases energy slowly. In this way, it kills the hunger cravings and helps in regulating your weight by helping you avoid overeating.

It is ideal for all those living an active lifestyle like children, teenagers and office-goers. It keeps your body charged throughout the day and prevents the general sense of lethargy felt during heavy lunch afternoons. Suji dishes with vegetables is a great nutritious combo. You can also have suji in the night as it is a light food and will not push you towards gaining weight.

The phosphorus, zinc and magnesium content in suji helps the nervous system. The potassium in suji supports functioning of the heart and kidney while phosphorus is needed to metabolise energy. Magnesium in suji is good for the muscles.

It is also good for our bones as it increases their density.

The selenium content in suji prevents infection and strengthens the immunity

Suji contains iron which boosts blood circulation and hence neutralises anaemic tendency.

Suji serves as a good diet food during illness for both adults and children. It is not just easy to prepare but also easy to digest.

Suji is a low-glycemic food and is recommended for those having diabetes. Besides giving the diabetics regular energy, it also keeps the blood sugar low.

The fibre content in suji prevents constipation.

The only people who should avoid ‘suji’ are those who have sensitivity to gluten or suffer from celiac disease. The rest just go, include it in your diet whichever way.

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