My journey with millet began in my quest for better gluten-free options than what's typically found in stores. Initially, it was all about baking, but then, during my Culinary Nutrition course, I discovered its magic in savoury dishes too. And now, I'm excited to share one of my favourite recipes and a bit about this awesome grain: Herb-Infused Millet Pilaf.
Millet might not be a household name, but it's a grain with a rich history. Originating in Africa, it's been a staple in diets across Asia and Africa for centuries. It's got this mild, slightly nutty flavour, making it super versatile in a variety of dishes. When cooked, it's fluffy like couscous or quinoa and great at soaking up flavours. From baking to salads to a creamy porridge, millet can do it all. It's this unsung hero in the grain world that's just waiting to be discovered in your kitchen.
Millet is a nutritional powerhouse. It's perfect for anyone avoiding gluten and is packed with fibre for good digestion and fullness. It's also rich in protein, antioxidants, and minerals like magnesium. Integrating millet into your diet is a tasty way to boost your health.
So, grab your apron and let's get cooking!
Herb-Infused Millet Pilaf
• 1 cup millet
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 small onion, finely chopped
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth if not vegetarian)
• ¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
• 2 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
• 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
• Salt and pepper, to taste
• Optional: Lemon zest for a citrusy twist
1. In a large saucepan, dry toast the millet over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes or until it starts to turn golden brown and smells nutty. Stir frequently to prevent burning. Set aside.
2. In the same pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic, and sauté until the onion is translucent and fragrant.
3. Return the toasted millet to the pan with the onions and garlic. Add the vegetable broth and bring the mixture to a boil.
4. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the millet is tender and the liquid is absorbed.
5. Remove the pan from heat. Stir in the chopped parsley, basil, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If using, add a bit of lemon zest for an extra zing.
6. Let the pilaf sit, covered, for about 5 minutes. Then, fluff it with a fork.
7. Serve the pilaf warm as a side dish or as a base for a more substantial meal.
This Herb-Infused Millet Pilaf is more than just a dish; it's a celebration of simple, healthy ingredients coming together to create something delicious. I hope this recipe and a little insight into millet inspire you to experiment with this fantastic grain.
Now, I'd love to hear from you! Have you tried millet in your cooking? What are your favourite millet recipes? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below. Let's inspire each other on this journey to wholesome, healthful eating!
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