When I started my Instagram account, millet porridge was one of my most cooked dishes, aside from oatmeal. I tried out more and more new things and kind of forgot about my trusty old friend millet myself, until I ran into a packet of millet in the grocery store and fell in love with it again (not that I ever fell ‘out of love’).
Millet is a grain that a lot of people have forgotten about as well – it’s tasty and easy to prepare, on top of having a ton of health benefits! A short search on the Internet will reveal that it is gluten-free, high in protein (15%), has magnesium, copper, manganese and so much more that is good for you. If you look at it from a traditional ‘folk medicine’ perspective, it is said to be good for your hair, skin and nails and to strengthen your stomach, kidneys and your spleen. Sounds wonderful, right? Apart from that, it also tastes really good.
Simple Millet Porridge Recipe
Ingredients (this will feed 2 people for two mornings):
- 1 cup millet
- 2 cups water
- some walnuts (or ore nuts of your choice)
- freshly grated ginger (or a piece in whole, like I mostly do – you just add it in a bit earlier)
- a pinch of salt
- some sweetener of your choice (I use maple syrup)
- 1/2 lemon (the juice of it)
And this is how you make it:
- Rinse the millet with water until it runs clear
- Put the millet and water in a pot, bring it to a boil
- Turn the heat down to low, add the chopped nuts and let it cook for 10-15 minutes
- Take the pot off the heat, add ginger, salt, lemon juice and a bit of sweetener, then let it sit for another 10-15 minutes
- You are done! Put it in the fridge if you want to eat it the next morning and simply reheat the portion that you want to eat – you can put some fresh fruit on it and have a healthy and tasty warm breakfast. Enjoy!
- Never skip rinsing the millet first – otherwise it will be very bitter
- To find out how to make the delicious cashew cream that you can see in the photos, head over to my post Buckwheat Crepes with Vegan Cashew Cream, where I describe the process