Here's everything you need to know about millet. Learn how to cook millet the best way in 20 mins with step by step photos. Below you'll find some of my millet recipes just for you to start enjoying millet from breakfast to dinner. Don't miss to read about the millet's health benefits to know why millet is good for you...
Hi lovely, have you ever eaten millet? I mean really sweet nutty-flavored millet with a pungent warm flavor of ginger? Take place on board and let me show you how to cook fluffy pearl millet.
Millet is healthy and one of the budget-friendly gluten-free alternatives. I use pearl millet because of its yellow color, but I confess I haven't tried the white millet that I have seen in Indian shops yet… will update you on this!
What is millet?
Millet is a cultivated, small-grain, tropical cereal grass. Pearl millet is quantitatively the most cultivated millet. It's thought to have its origin in Ethiopia. Millet has been consumed way back since 2500 BC.
Today, millet is found around the world, it's highly used in Africa as a staple food, in Indian, and in China.
There're various different types of millet, Pearl and Foxtail being the most cultivated and known.
millet health benefits
There so many reasons as to why millet is good for you,
- Millet is a good source of protein, high in dietary fiber than other cereals, a good source of minerals like Copper, Phosphorus, Manganese, and Magnesium.
- Millet is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which raise good cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, and are anti-inflammatory.
- Studies have shown that millet can help reduce Type 2 diabetes as it's low in the Glycemic Index
- The polyphenols in millet are considered to have antioxidant, antitumor, antifungal, anti-inflammation, and anti-hyperglycemic effects.
- Polyphenols in millet bran could help you reduce the risk of having colon cancer.
- Including millet into your diet will help you lose weight as millet is filling with good nutrients.
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How to cook a fluffy millet
- It's so easy to cook millet, start with putting water to boil in your boiler, if not, in a separate cooking pan.
- Place your cooking saucepan on medium heat, I suggest a deep-based saucepan, add a cup of dry pearl millet.
- I normally use two cups for us, 1 dry cup of pearl millet will yield 2 cups of cooked millet.
- Let the millet toast without adding anything, keep on stirring to let all the millet toast. This will enhance the nutty flavor of millet, you can just tell by the sweet scent that fills your kitchen.
- When you judge that the roasting is as you desire, about 5-7 minutes at medium heat, add ginger powder and salt, stir in. Reduce the heat to avoid any accident as you pour the water in the saucepan!
- Slowly pour the boiling water… BE CAREFUL NOT TO SCALD YOURSELF!
- For 1 cup of dry pearl millet, you need 2 cups of boiling water.
- Increase the heat and let the boiling take place. Let this nutty-flavored millet boil for about 5 mins at high heat then reduce the heat to low.
- Stir gently and cover.
- When the water is almost completely absorbed, as seen on the image below add 2 tablespoons of olive or coconut oil and mix well very gently.
- Your fluffy pearl millet will be ready once the water has been completely absorbed.
- Remove from the heat, remove the rid to avoid further cooking.
I am happy, now you know how to cook millet, spiced with ginger… you'll love it!
How to use fluffy pearl millet
- You can have millet recipes almost at any meal. Add some more cooking water while cooking to make yourself millet porridge.
- You can otherwise just add some milk and top with some fruits to your fluffy millet and have a delicious millet breakfast.
- You can enjoy sweet healthy vegan meals with millet by just incorporating some lentils and veggies to your millet.
- Add some avocados, lettuce, spinach or kale, throw in some tomatoes to have an awesomely healthy vegetarian millet salad.
Frequent questions about millet
- Is millet gluten-free? Yes millet is gluten-free
- What's the ratio of millet to water? the perfect ration for a fluffy millet is 1 cup of millet to 2 cups of water.
- Do I've to soak millet? No, it's not necessary to soak millet.
- How long does millet take to cook? It'll take you 20 mins to cook millet depending on the level of your heat, high heat will cook fast.
- Can millet be substitute with quinoa? Oh yes, perfectly on dishes, this will not be the case with baking though!
- Can millet go bad? Yes, raw millet can be rancid and hence give a bitter taste.
- How to store cooked millet? Cooked millet can be stored in the fridge for up to five days, you can also freeze it. When stored, millet becomes dry, so add liquid like water/ broth or milk if making breakfast to reheat it.
- What can be made from millet? you'll find a lot of millet recipes like millet pancakes, millet bread, millet patties, millet breakfast, millet desserts, etc...
I can't wait to read your comment on how you love millet.
Love you, Githu.
Here are millet recipes that'll inspire you...
- Healthy millet breakfast with peaches
- Sweet quinoa breakfast bowl
- Overnight millet breakfast with rhubarb-strawberry
- Millet breakfast with spiced beets
- Prunes-mint sauteed mushrooms with millet
- Millet recipe with beluga lentils
- Savory flourless zucchini pancakes
How to cook millet the best way.
- A saucepan with a lid
- a cup to measure
- water boiler or an extra saucepan
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 cup pearl millet
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp Cold pressed olive / coconut oil
- Put 2 cups of water to boil in your boiler if not in a separate saucepan
- Bring another saucepan, (I suggest a deep-based saucepan) on medium heat and add the dry millet.
- Let the millet toast as you keep on stirring now and then
- Once the millet has toasted well, about 5-7 mins, lower the heat, add ginger and salt and stir together.
- Slowly pour the boiling water and keep on stirring.
- CAUTION! IF YOUR SAUCEPAN IS TOO HOT AND NOT DEEP YOU MIGHT SCALD YOURSELF... WAIT FOR THE PAN TO COOL FOR A MINUTE THEN POUR WATER
- Increase the heat to let the boiling start, let the millet boil for about 5 mins then lower the heat and cover to simmer.
- Just before the water is completely absorbed, (like in the image) add your oil and stir gently
- Check on your fluffy millet, once you can't see any more water, cut off the heat, cover and let the millet finish cooking from the heat.
- Voilà, your ginger-spiced fluffy pearl millet is ready
- Enjoy millet breakfast by adding some milk, or make millet dinner with some veggies or compose millet salads
- I am grateful that you shared and pinned this millet recipe. kissing you a beautiful day.
- Millet becomes dry once it's cold. use a fork or your hands to separate the millet. Then store it for future use.
- You can store cooked millet in your fridge up to 5 days.
- To use this millet, just add some liquid to reheat it.