Millets name in different languages makes it easy for Identification

Millets name in different languages- Introduction:

Millets are ancient grains and were part of everyone’s diet during the 1960s but again its demand is increasing nowadays due to their health benefits. Millets are known in different names in different parts of the country. Many of us might not know the common names. Today, in this blog, I will make you familiar with millets name in different languages one by one.

Basically, there are nine types of millets grown in India. It is categorized into major and minor millets depending upon the area of production and size of the grains. Sorghum and Pearl Millet come under major millet and the rest are the minor millets.

Again these millets are categorized into naked and husked grains. Sorghum, Pearl Millet, and Finger Millet come under naked grains and rest millets like Foxtail Millet, Barnyard Millet, Little Millet, Proso Millet, Kodo Millet, and Browntop Millet are husked millets.

Let us see this video for a clear understanding of the shape, size, color of the millet grains. Really it took me a whole day to shoot the video and I am happy that it has crossed 1.6 lakh views.

But, if you want to see the photos of the plants and grains, then here is the types of millet grains. Let us jump directly with the Millets name in different languages.

Millets in Hindi:

English NamesHindi Names
Pearl MilletBajra
Finger MilletMandua, Nachani
Little MilletKutki, Shavan
Foxtail MilletKangni, Kakum
Proso MilletBarri, Chena
Kodo MilletKodra, Koden
Barnyard MilletSanwa, Jhangora
Browntop MilletHari Kangni

To know millets in Hindi, you can give a look at this video or you can go through this blog ”Best way to know Millets in Hindi”. There was always a demand for a video on Millets in Hindi on my Youtube Channel.

Millets in Gujarati:

English NamesGujarati Names
SorghumJowari, Juar
Pearl MilletBajri
Finger MilletNagli, Bavto
Little MilletGajro, Kuri
Foxtail MilletKang
Proso MilletCheno
Kodo MilletKodra
Barnyard MilletSama
Browntop MilletHari Kang

Millets in Odia:

Millets are promoted in Odisha massively on large scale under Odisha Millet Mission. This has boosted the production and productivity of millets. The farmers are happy as they are able to get incentives for millet production and could sell their produce under minimum support price. Now, let us see what millets are called in the Odia language.

Millets in Tamil:

English NamesTamil Names
Pearl MilletKambu
Finger MilletKelvaragu
Little MilletSamai
Foxtail MilletTenai
Proso MilletPani Varagu
Kodo MilletVaragu
Barnyard MilletKuthiravali
Browntop MilletPalapul/Kulasama

Millets in Kannada:

English NamesKannada Names
Pearl MilletSajje
Finger MilletRagi
Little MilletSame, Save
Foxtail MilletNavane
Proso MilletBaragu
Kodo MilletHarka
Barnyard MilletOodalu
Browntop MilletKorale

Millets in Telugu:

English NamesTelugu Names
Pearl MilletSajja
Finger MilletRagulu
Little MilletSamalu
Foxtail MilletKorra
Proso MilletVariga
Kodo MilletArikelu, Arika
Barnyard MilletUdalu, Kodisama
Browntop MilletAndakorra

Millets in Bengali:

English NamesBengali Names
Pearl MilletBajri
Finger MilletMarwa
Little MilletSama
Foxtail MilletKaon
Proso MilletCheena
Kodo MilletKodo
Barnyard MilletShyama

Millets in Punjabi:

English NamesPunjabi Names
Pearl MilletBajra
Finger MilletMandhuka, Mandhal
Little MilletKutki
Foxtail MilletKangni
Proso MilletCheena
Kodo MilletKodra
Barnyard MilletSwank
Browntop MilletHari Kangni

Millets in Malayalam:

English NamesMalayalam Names
Pearl MilletKambam
Finger MilletRagi
Little MilletChama
Foxtail MilletThina
Proso MilletPanivaragu
Kodo MilletKoovaragu
Barnyard MilletKavadapullu
Browntop MilletChama Pothaval


By this time you are acquainted with the Millets name in different languages and hope when you visit the local shop for purchasing millets you will be asking in local names and it will be easy to identify. If you have any queries regarding millet, do write me at [email protected], and I will be happy to answer you.

Author: Tapas Chandra Roy, A Certified Farm Advisor on Millets, ‘Promoting Millets from Farm to Plate’ and an Author of the book -” Millet Business Ideas-Empowering Millet Startups”. In a mission to take the forgotten grains- Millets to Millions. To remain updated on my blogs on Millets please subscribe to my newsletter and for any queries please feel free to write to [email protected]

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