Millet is an ancient grain used throughout the world that has recently gained popularity in the United States, primarily because it is gluten-free. It is primarily used as a breakfast cereal, commonly used in the form of a hot porridge or puffed millet, which is like puffed rice. More and more, though, it is being incorporated into lunch and dinner dishes. Relatively inexpensive, widely available and flavorful, millet is extremely nutritious, low in protein and possesses magnesium, phosphorus, copper and manganese.
Millet’s Many Purposes
Millet is also a great source of fiber, which can help with cholesterol and it is heart-healthy. Because it’s whole grain, it has high levels of magnesium and potassium, which aids in lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes and atherosclerosis. It’s easily digestible and as you will see below, easy to prepare. Here are some basic millet recipes.
Rinse, drain, mix with 2.5 cups of water and 1 cup puffed millet and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and cover, letting it cook for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, take it off the heat and let it sit uncovered for 20 minutes. Add butter, olive oil or spices to taste. One cup of millet makes about three cups once cooked.
Millet is naturally creamy and adding water and simmering the millet brings this out. To do this, increase the water content to 3.5 cups (over 2.5 for basic millet) and let it simmer until all the water is absorbed. That will be roughly 45 minutes to an hour.
Toast the millet before boiling it by putting it on medium and stirring constantly, about three minutes. For added flavor, melt butter in the pan before adding the millet. Be careful not to cook too long as the millet burns fast.
Uses for Millet
Millet most common form of consumption is as a rice-like food that you can add to dishes to give them more flavor and texture. It also can be added to salads, used as a breakfast cereal (warmed, mixed with milk, honey, cinnamon or fruit,) or used to make croquettes. Millet can also be made into a flour, which has created a business opportunity for the creation of extremely pure, high-quality, Private Label, Millet Flour.
As ancient grains have become more popular as a healthy alternative to processed foods, puffed millet has taken over many breakfast tables, but the uses of millet go much further than that. Incredibly healthy and flavorful, millet can be used as a thickener or an addition to another dish. It’s easy to prepare and leftovers can be used in multiple ways.