In the past few years, there has been a dramatic change in the food choices of people. More and more people are increasingly opting for nutrient-rich foods like cereals, grains, seeds, and superfoods over everything else. Millets have stood the test of time and have long been favored for their many health benefits. One of the greatest myths of our generation is that healthy foods are boring. There is so much innovation around us that all we need is to take our traditional foods and add a creative twist to them.
The easiest way to cook millets is to take your regular day recipe, and just substitute millet for rice and other grains. This means you can use millet to make upma, rotis, use it instead of rice, couscous or quinoa, add it to salads, main dishes and desserts. The possibilities are endless.
Reviving grandmother’s recipes and presenting them with a creative twist is like stepping back and being nostalgic. We have come to realize not everyone is fond of the taste of millets, hence we have infused this extremely beneficial grain in various food items that you and your little one would not hesitate to try. In this way, we create a win-win situation for them wherein they get the benefits of the grains and also enjoy the mouth-watering.
Millet based recipes to give a nutritious twist to your daily foods:
1. Barnyard Millet Payasam
2. Finger Millet Laddoo
Did you know?
Ragi is known as mandwa in Odisha, possibly named after the Mandya region of Karnataka from where the cereals would arrive.
1. Finger millet (ragi) flour- 1 cup
2. Sugar, powdered- 1/2 cup. Instead, use Slurrp Farm Jaggery Powder
3. Ghee – 3 tsp
4. Milk – 1/4 cup
5. Cardamom powder-1 tsp
6. Coconut, grated – 2 tbsp
7. Dry fruits, finely chopped – 2 tbsp
1. Dry roast finger millet flour until it is aromatic.
2. Add ghee in a pan and roast grated coconut and dry fruits.
3. Heat milk and melt the jaggery in it.
4. Now, add all the ingredients together and mix well.
5. Shape into lemon-sized balls.
6. Cool the laddoos before serving.
3. Foxtail Biryani
4. Kodo Millet Upma
Did you know?
Not just kodo millet, all varieties of millets offer antioxidant protection to the human body.
1. Foxtail Millet – 1½ cup
2. Kodo millet grain – 1 cup
3. Onions, chopped
4. Green chillies, chopped – 2
5. Carrot, chopped – 1
6. Beans, chopped, 1
7. Potato, chopped – 1
8.Ginger, grated – 1 inch
9. Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
10. Black gram dal – 1 tbsp
11. Bengal gram da – 1 tbsp
12. Curry leaves – 5
13. Water – as required
14. Oil – as required
1. Wash kodo millet 2-3 times, then drain the water and keep it aside.
2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
3. Now, add black gram dal, chana dal, curry leaves, and green chilies.
4. Once the dal turns golden brown add onions, ginger, turmeric. Sauté till onions turns golden brown.
5. Add carrots, beans, and potatoes. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
6. Add kodo millet and sauté for a minute, till all the ingredients.
7. Pour water and add salt. Bring to boil and close. Cook in moderate flame for 3 whistles.
8. Once the pressure subsides, open the lid and transfer the upma on to a serving plate.
9. Serve hot with any type of chutney or sambar.
5. Little Millet Soup
Did you know?
India has proposed to the UN that 2018 be declared as ‘International Year of Millets’
1. Little millet – 2-3 tbsp
2. Water – 4 cups
3. Vegetable stock cubes -2
4. Carrot – 1 (small)
5. Celery – 1
6. Mixed herbs – 1 tsp
7.Rock salt – As per taste
8. Chives, fresh, dried or frozen – ½ tsp
1. Rinse the millet briefly under hot water.
2. Dissolve vegetable stock cubes in hot water and place it with millet, mixed herbs and a pinch of salt.
3. Cook the millet at medium high-heat for about 5 minutes. Once it comes to boil, reduce the heat.
4. Grate the carrot and the celery finely and add it to the soup.
5. Leave the soup to simmer for another 10 minutes before you take it off the heat.
6. Season the soup and sprinkle with chives. Serve with freshly toasted bread on the side.
Tip: For a heartier soup, add vegetables of your choice – onions, mushrooms, bell peppers etc.
6. Pearl Millet Dosa
7. Proso millet samosas
8. Sorghum Muffins
Was this blog helpful in breaking your myth that millets are not a monotype grain? Try these recipes and do write back to us if we were able to convince you even a little.