How to Eat: Millet

People have been cooking with this nutrient-packed grain for centuries. Here’s how to incorporate it into your diet.

Millet laced with mozzarella and coconut oil. Photograph by Emily Malone

With all the focus on whole grains these days, it’s hard to believe that more people don’t know about this superfood. An ancient grain that’s been used for thousands of years around the world, millet is extremely nutritious—high in protein, fiber, and heart-healthy magnesium. It’s also gluten-free, making it a great grain alternative for those following wheat-free diets. The delicious nutty flavor tastes similar to corn when cooked and pairs well with many different vegetables, cheeses, and spices.

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
Serves 2

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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