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How to Eat: Millet
People have been cooking with this nutrient-packed grain for centuries. Here’s how to incorporate it into your diet.
You can typically find millet in most health-food stores or groceries that carry a diverse range of specialty items. A good place to look is the bulk bins, which allow you to purchase as much or as little as you need. Locally, it can be found at Whole Foods and Mom’s Organic Market in the bulk aisles.
How to Eat It
The key step to making perfect millet is toasting. In a dry pan, toast dry millet for a few minutes over medium heat, stirring often to ensure that it doesn’t burn. Once toasted, add 3 cups liquid to every 1 cup of dry grains. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, then fluff and allow to sit for a few minutes before serving. This technique makes basic millet, and from there you can add additional flavors and ingredients. Check out the recipe below for a fun way to liven up the dish.
Coconut-Scented Mozzarella Millet
1 cup dry millet
3 cups water
1 teaspoon unrefined coconut oil
3 ounces fresh mozzarella or Parmesan cheese
Salt to taste
Toast millet in a sauce pan over medium heat for five minutes, stirring often to avoid burning. Add water and coconut oil and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, or until all the moisture is absorbed.
Once cooked, fluff with a fork and let sit for five minutes. Use a cheese grater to shred mozzarella or Parmesan over the top, and add a pinch of salt. Stir and combine. Enjoy!
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