Millet is fast gaining a spot on the tables of whole grain lovers everywhere, and rightly so, as it is delicious. Millet is a tiny yellow seed, that is believed to have been domesticated and cultivated simultaneously in Asia and Africa over 7000 years ago during the Neolithic Era. It is in every sense, an ancient grain.
Millet is naturally high in protein, making it an ideal grain to enjoy as a base for a grain bowl, or as a hot breakfast cereal. We've detailed below the best way to cook millet from scratch, to have on hand for your favourite recipes. We've tested this method time and time again, and the results are perfect every time!
Stay tuned as we roll out more of our favourite recipes featuring this deliciously nutritious ancient grain.
An Easy Guide to Cooking Millet from the Kitchn:
2 cups water (or broth, if you'd prefer)
1 tbsp butter, optional
¼ teaspoon salt, optional
Makes about 3 1/2 cups
Measure millet and cooking liquid: You'll need 1 cup of raw millet and 2 cups of cooking liquid (water or broth).
Toast millet: In a large, dry saucepan, toast the raw millet over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until it turns a rich golden brown and the grains become fragrant. Be careful not to let them burn.
Add the water and salt to the pan: Since the pan is hot, the water will sputter a bit when you pour it in. After adding water and salt, give the millet a good stir.
Bring the liquid to a boil: Increase the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil.
Lower the heat and simmer: Decrease the heat to low, drop in the butter (if using) and cover the pot. Simmer until the grains absorb most of the water (they'll continue soaking it up as they sit), about 15 minutes. Avoid the temptation to peek a great deal or stir too much (unless it is sticking to the bottom). Stirring too vigorously will break up the grains and change the texture.
Remove From Heat and Let Stand: Like most grains, millet needs a little time off the heat to fully absorb the liquid. Allow it to sit, covered and removed from heat, for 10 minutes.
Fluff and Serve! After millet sits, fluff it with a fork. Taste and add additional salt if you'd like.
Find our Collection of 15 Tasty Millet Recipes, brought to you by some of our favourite bloggers, here.
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