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Protein, micronutrient, antioxidant potential, polyphenols and phytate content of popular hybrids and composites of pearl millet has been estimated for two consecutive seasons. Crude protein content of pearl millet hybrids and composites analyzed varied from 9.49 to 13.09 and 9.05 to 14.73 %, Fe content from 39 to 66 and 22 to 75 mg/kg, Zn content from 32 to 49 and 21 to 56 mg/kg, polyphenols from 210 to 297 mg/100 g and 221 to 345 mg/100 g, and phytate content from 4.74 to 6.29 and 5.54 to 6.67 mg/g during kharif-2013 and kharif-2014, respectively. Similarly total antioxidant activity of these genotypes ranged from 732 to 1231 and 884 to 1189 μg vitamin C equi./g as DPPH scavenging capacity and 3592 to 4884 μg trolox equi./g as ABTS+ scavenging capacity. Tested nutritional characters of these hybrids/composites were not affected to an appreciable extent by the growing season. TAA of all the tested genotypes was higher than that of commercial samples of wheat (550 μg vitamin C equi./g) and maize (680μg vitamin C equi./g). The widely adopted and most popular short duration hybrid HHB 67 imp possessing high protein (12.39%) and moderate Fe (60mg/kg) contents and dual purpose composite variety HC 10 with high contents of protein (12.36 %) as well as Fe (71mg/kg) are well suited for nutritional security of part of the population of Haryana and neighboring states consuming pearl millet as staple food.