I love experimenting with different kinds of grains, especially if they are the glutenfree kind.
Have you ever tried Millet? I'm sure you have spotted this grain somewhere in the supermarket, it's usually in the allergyfree food section. Millet is a gluten-free grain that’s rich in calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and selenium as well as essential vitamins like folate, pantothenic acid, niacin, riboflavin, and Vitamins B6, C, E, and K. Many of the most powerful health benefits millet has to offer is related to its fiber content.
When compared to white rice or wheat, millet is very high in fibre, it aids in blood sugar control and cholesterol levels. Unpolished millet comes loaded with vitamins and minerals. Millet is a small, round whole grain, that's considered an ancient grain, it’s used both for human consumption and livestock. My recipe is pretty simple, a way to show that you can swap millet with rice for to create any kind of dish. This particular recipe is child friendly and it also works as a great office lunch idea.
1 tbsp Ghee or Olive Oil
1 cup Foxtail or Proso Millet
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup finely cubed carrots
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 green chili slit (optional)
1 small piece cinnamon
1 bay leaf
Sea salt to taste
2 cups water or broth
1/2 tsp garam masala (optional)
A handful chopped Parsley or Cilantro for garnish
Wash and drain the millet and set it aside. Heat the oil/ ghee in a pressure cooker and add the cinnamon and bay leaf and let the aromas come thru. Next you add the green chili, chopped carrots and peas along with the turmeric and salt. Mix all of these, add the millet and stir well. In goes 2 cups of water or vegetable broth and the garam masala, stir well to combine, now cover with the lid of the pressure cooker and set the flame on high. After two whistles, lower the flame and let it sit for just another 5 minutes after which you can turn it off. The millet Pulao is ready.
Garnish this with parsley or cilantro and serve this delicious Pulao along with yoghurt on the side.
Tip- I have used simple veggies like carrots and peas, you can even add cut beans, broccoli and potato.