This is a discussion post: A discussion to know the truth.
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is an ancient whole grain – getting popular among health conscious people. The grain is high in protein, iron, and fiber. The gluten-free grain also contain a perfect balance of all the nine amio acids that are essential for human nutrition. Quinoa is a good source of Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Manganese. One cup of cooked quinoa contain 25% more fiber and 60% more protein than a comparable amount of brown rice. It also has 15% fewer carbohydrates making it a perfect rice supplement.
What do Nepali people call this healthy grain?
Some say it is Kodo (à¤•à¥‹à¤¦à¥‹) – which is not true because kodo is millet in English. Others call it Junelo (à¤œà¥à¤¨à¥‡à¤²à¥‹). Junelo is named Proso Millet. It looks more like corn than quinoa.
In fact, quinoa is not easy to find in Nepal. According to Aruna Upreti (in an article published in Republica Daily) seems people in Western Nepal (Karnali specially Mugu) call it Chinu (à¤šà¤¿à¤¨à¥). The name might be different from place to place. Aruna writes, â€œPeople have become lazy. Since they get rice from the World Food Program, no one wants to grow millet, barley or quinoa (locally known as chinu). Here people are ashamed of eating locally produced food.â€
Quinoa’s grains look similar to that of millet. In Nepal, rice used to be considered the grain of rich people. Poor people mostly relied on millet, corn and wheat. These days, the hierarchy has changed. Foods like millets are found to be healthier than rice.
Other popular grains grains with English and Nepali names:
Rice is the most popular grain in Nepal. There are a lot of Nepali names associated with rice.
Rice in it’s cover (rice husk) is called Dhaan in Nepali (à¤§à¤¾à¤¨).
When the cover is removed and is ready to cook it is called Chamal (à¤šà¤¾à¤®à¤²)
When rice is steamed or cooked it is called Bhat (à¤à¤¾à¤¤).
When rice is cooked in milk to make rice pudding it is called Khir (à¤–à¥€à¤°).
When sticky rice, called Anadi rice (à¤…à¤¨à¤¦à¥€) is boiled in water with sugar (à¤šà¤¿à¤¨à¥€) or boiled sugarcane juice (à¤–à¥à¤¦à¥‹) – it is called Latte (à¤²à¤Ÿà¥à¤Ÿà¥‡), Chamre (à¤šà¤¾à¤®à¥à¤°à¥‡) or Chichhar (à¤šà¤¿à¤šà¥à¤šà¤°). Tharu community cook it covered in banana leaves and bake it in coal, it is called Bhakkun (à¤à¤¤à¥à¤•à¥à¤¨).
Oat in Nepali
Oat and rye are primarily grown in Western world. So they are popular in their original names – oat and rye. Actually barley, wheat, rye and oat look similar are closely related to each other.