How to Cook Millet: Millet is prepared like rice, and takes 20 - 25 minutes to cook. You can also cook millet in a rice cooker or pressure cooker.
Cooked millet looks a bit like quinoa, but has smaller grains. Toasted millet cooks up dry and fluffy, and plain millet is a little softer.
Cooked with more liquid, for a longer time, millet becomes very soft, like a porridge. We double this basic millet recipe and freeze cooked millet in small containers for adding to soups and stews, millet chickpea patties, or breakfast cereal.
Nutrition Data, 1 cup cooked millet, 174g: 207 cal, 41g carb, 2g fat, 6g protein, 2g fiber, 0g sugars, good source manganese, tryptophan, magnesium, phosphorus, phytonutrients. Low saturated fat and cholesterol. Estimated glycemic load 21.
Prep & Cook Time: 5 minutes prep, 20 - 25 minutes cook time
Yield: 4 servings
You'll need a 2 quart pot with a tight fitting lid, and a fine mesh strainer
Double the recipe if you want to have leftover millet for another meal or two - you'll need a 4 quart pot to make double the amount of millet.
Millet is inexpensive - 1/5 the price of quinoa - and can stand in for other whole grains in any recipe.
Millet is an ancient grain, with many varieties, which grows well almost anywhere, and has long been a staple food in India, China and parts of Asia. Only in N. America is millet viewed as bird seed or hippy food.
Millet Nutrition: Millet is high in fiber, has plenty of protein, vitamins, minerals, and is considered alkaline, allergy friendly, and low glycemic. Millet is easy to digest, and has a pre-biotic effect. It has a mild neutral taste, and makes a good base flour for gluten free breads.
Millet Storage: Like any other whole grain, raw millet is best stored in a cool dry place, such as your fridge. Cooked millet can be stored in the fridge for a few days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
Is Millet a Grain? Yes, unlike quinoa, millet is a true grain.
Is There More Than One Kind of Millet? There are several varieties of millet commonly grown in other countries - such as pearl millet and foxtail millet. Here in N. America, only the light yellow pogo millet is available, and most of that is marketed as bird seed. But it's very good for humans too! Sometimes other varieties of millet or millet flour can be found in ethnic grocers or online.
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