Enrichment Of White Bread With Finger Millet Flour

By B. M. Devani and B. L. Jani*

White bread prepared from white flour is a rich source of carbohydrate, protein and energy. But it has poor nutritional qualities in terms of quality protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber as germ and bran are removed while preparing white flour. Finger Millet is a rich source of calcium, fiber, minerals and good quality protein. White bread was fortified with Finger Millet Flour (FMF) by blending in the proportion of 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50% with the white flour. The enriched bread was evaluated for its physical, nutritional and rheological properties viz. loaf weight, loaf volume, specific loaf volume, carbohydrate, protein, fat, crude fiber, ash, calcium, physiological energy and crumb hardness and were found to be 431 to 470 g, 1166.37 to 1166.37 cc, 2.02 to 2.71 cc/g, 59.92 to 60.08%, 5.10 to 6.22%, 4.42 to 4.64%, 0.52 to 1.57%, 0.70 to 1.50%, 32.52 to 110.6% mg, 299.80 to 306.90 kcal/g and 124.5 to 150g. Sensory score based on appearance, crust colour, crumb colour, taste, texture and overall acceptability was highest in the white bread fortified with 20% FMF. Based on the physical acceptance, superior nutritional quality with the acceptable physical properties and rheological property, a significant fortification was found by incorporating the FMF up to 20% to the white flour.


Bread is prepared from white flour, yeast, sugar, fat, salt, water, etc. by a series of operations like mixing, kneading, fermentation, proofing and baking (Dewettinck et al., 2008). White flour, used in the bread preparation, is rich source of carbohydrate, protein and physiological energy but on the contrary poor source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and quality protein due to removal of bran and germ of the outer seed coat. Finger Millet (Eleusine coracana, Ragi) is a type of small millets. It is a rich in protein, iron, calcium, phosphorus, fibre and vitamin content. The calcium content is higher than that of all cereals. Finger Millet has best quality protein along with the presence of essential amino acids, vitamin A, vitamin B and phosphorus (Gopalan et al., 1987). So, the Finger Millet can be a good source of diet for growing children, women, old age people and patients. The bakery sector is also focusing on the use of minor millets as a source of dietary fiber and bioactive compounds (Hugo et al. 2009; Singh et al. 2012; Ballolli et al. 2014; Bhol and John Don Bosco 2014).

The present study is undertaken to evaluate the possibility of increasing the nutritional quality of bread by incorporating Finger Millet flour and its effect on the quality of bread. The Finger Millet seeds were ground in domestic mixer and sieved in 35 mesh sieve to prepare Finger Millet Flour (FMF) and the five different treatments were decided as shown in Table 1. The bread-making formulations of white bread enriched with FMF is given in Table 2. The process flow chart of bread making is given in Figure 1. The bread containing 100% white flour served as control. The HPMC was added to the bread formation as it works as a bread improver in the composite bread.

Table 1 : Different blend ratio of composite flour for bread making
Sample Code B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 Control
White flour: FMF 90:10 80:20 70:30 60:40 50:50 100:0
B=Blend ratio (White Flour: FMF)


Table 2: Bread making formulation
Ingredient Compo-site Flour* Sugar Fat

(Vanash-pati ghee)

Baker’s Yeast (Wet form) Salt HPMC Water (ml) Total
Weight on flour basis (g) 250.00    45.00 17.50 8.00 5.00 3.75 150-165 495
Baker’s Percentage 100.00 18.00 7.00 3.00 2.00 1.50 60-65
*Composite Flour (White flour + FMF)



Various quality parameters were tested and the results are shown in this section.

Physical Quality

The data of loaf weight, loaf volume and specific loaf volume of the bread containing FMF are tabulated in Table 3. While the loaf weight, loaf volume and specific loaf volume of the control bread was found to be 425.5g, 1183.47g and 2.79cc/g.

Table 3 : Effect of blend ratio of FMF on loaf weight, loaf volume and specific loaf volume of prepared bread
Bread prepared with FMF B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 S.Em.±
Loaf weight, g 431 436 445 455.5 470 1.4405
Loaf volume, cc 1166.37 1148.15 1031.10 1041.42 951.18 2.7859
Sp. loaf volume, cc/g 2.71 2.63 2.32 2.29 2.02 0.0050

In the present study, a significant decrease in the physical characteristics of the bread was observed with increased incorporation of finger millet flour (p>0.05 %). It might be due to a decrease in the proportion of the gluten content which is an important protein responsible for maintaining the viscoelastic property of bread dough which ensures the increased volume of bread. However there was no significant difference (p?0.05) between control and 10% FMF incorporated bread for loaf weight, volume and specific volume. From the observations, it can be seen that as the substitution level of FMF increased, the loaf weight of the bread was found to be increased. This might be due to less retention of carbon dioxide gas in the blended dough resulting in dense bread texture. Loaf volume and specific loaf volume had shown decreasing trend as the level of incorporation of FMF was increased. The decrease in loaf volume was found due to dilution effects of gluten with addition of non wheat flour such as FMF (Shittu et al. 2007). Gluten fraction of white flour is responsible for the elasticity and framework of the loaf during baking. Additionally, fiber content of the FMF also imparts adverse effect on loaf volume due to less gas retention produced during yeast fermentation. As the specific loaf volume is the ratio of loaf volume and loaf weight, with the increase in loaf weight and decrease in loaf volume, specific loaf volume had shown decreasing nature. Significant difference was found at p?0.01 in case of the loaf weight, loaf volume and specific loaf volume among the different treatments as the level of incorporation of FMF was increased.

Nutritional Quality

The results of nutritional parameters of the FMF bread are shown in Table 4. Carbohydrate, protein, fat, ash, crude fiber, calcium and physiological energy for the control bread were found to be 60.46%, 6.36%, 4.70%, 0.52%, 0.20%, 13.63% mg and 309.59 kcal/g, respectively.

Table 4 : Effect of blend ratio of FMF on nutritional properties and rheological property of prepared bread
Treatment Carbohydrate (%) Protein (%) Fat (%) Crude Fiber (%) Ash (%) Calcium Content




B1 60.08 6.22 4.64 0.52 0.70 32.52 306.90
B2 59.55 6.0 4.60 0.65 0.79 51.89 303.60
B3 59.03 5.55 4.43 0.89 0.91 68.95 298.15
B4 58.24 5.36 4.50 1.16 1.03 85.78 294.84
B5 59.92 5.10 4.42 1.57 1.50 110.6 299.80
S.Em.± 0.0554 0.0731 0.034 0.012 0.0112 0.1252 3.3479

Rheological Quality

Under the rheological property, the crumb hardness was measured and is shown in Table 5. For control bread the crumb hardness was recorded as 122g.

Table 5 : Effect of blend ratio of FMF on rheological property of prepared bread
Treatment B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 S.Em.±
Crumb hardness 124.5 128.5 135 145.5 150 0.9152

Sensory Quality

The mean scores of the sensory attributes of the FMF bread (Table 6) were reduced in comparison to the control bread due to the change in ingredients. The white flour is mainly responsible for the good sensory qualities of the bread due to presence of gluten which is not present in the FMF.

Table 6 :  Mean sensory score for different attributes of the bread prepared with FMF


Sensory Attribute Control

Bread prepared from  FMF

S.Em.± CV,%
B1 B2 B3 B4 B5
Appearance 8.25 8.00 7.25 5.75 5.45 5.21 0.123 24.48
Crust Color 8.21 7.58 7.04 5.54 5.54 4.50 0.118 24.49
Crumb Color 8.21 7.54 6.92 5.75 5.04 4.88 0.119 28.48
Taste 7.88 7.25 6.63 5.33 5.75 5.42 0.136 28.41
Flavour 7.63 7.38 6.75 5.67 5.67 5.46 0.140 29.15
Texture 8.13 7.67 7.25 5.58 5.54 5.75 0.130 26.71
Overall Acceptability 8.14 7.46 7.08 5.67 5.50 5.17 0.119 24.48

At last, it is concluded that Finger Millet Flour can be used in bakery products. The bakery products are generally prepared from white flour, but to its low fibre content, it leads to constipation and stomach problem for the consumers. Use of FMF in bakery products such as bread can be found as utilization of underutilized Finger Millet and also prevent the problems of constipation as well as a rich source of calcium and other phytochemicals. Due to the absence of gluten protein in FMF, the use of FMF in white bread was limited to 20% considering acceptable physical, rheological and sensory quality however the FMF fortified bread was far superior to control bread. The composition of the bread prepared with 20% FMF was found to have Carbohydrate 59.55, Protein 6.0, Fat 4.60, crude fiber 0.65 and ash 0.79%. The white bread enriched with the Finger Millet had higher crude fiber and calcium control bread and thus may be a healthy option for the people doing weight management and for the prevention of constipation and colon cancer.

Assistant Professor, Department of Processing and Food Engineering, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Junagadh Agricultural University, Junagadh (Gujarat) – 362001, India.

*Corresponding author: 918141800508, 02852671018, bhaveshjani@jau.in, bdevani@jau.in

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